Welsh rock band JUNIOR have revealed the video for their new single 'P.Y.D', which features guest vocals from Indy pro wrestler ELIJAH. The track is taken from the trio's debut full-length, Beautiful Life, which is set for release on 2nd August.
Continuing the wrestling theme, the video features cameos from wrestlers Adam Cole (WWE NXT), Ali (WWE), Drake Maverick (WWE), Drake Younger (WWE), Jimmy Havoc (All Elite Wrestling), Kassius Ohno (WWE NXT), Marty Scurll (Ring Of Honour), Rhea Ripley (WWE NXT), Rickey Shane Page (CZW King of the Deathmatch), Ruby Riot (WWE), TJ Perkins(WWE/TNA/ROH) and Will Ospreay (New Japan Pro Wrestling).
Check it out here: https://youtu.be/nzcBtJkZH9M
“I’ve said for a while that Independent wrestling is the new punk rock," comments JUNIORvocalist/bassist and WWE wrestler Mark Andrews. "Our new single 'P.Y.D' is about the punk rock, DIY mentality of people in the independent pro wrestling scene. The song and video is a homage to some of the top wrestlers in the world today who came from a scene that celebrated pro wrestling regardless of the gritty, low budget environments it started in. There’s a lot of love and passion in the community centres and bingo halls across the world that showcase their shows, and it's moulded all of the stars who cameo in this video. It also features Indy pro wrestler ELIJAHwho sings some pretty gnarly vocals in the bridge!”
JUNIOR will tour the UK in support of the album next month, dates are as follows:
2nd - Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
4th - Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
5th - Glasgow Hug & Pint
6th - Manchester Star & Garter
7th - London Club 229
8th - Cheltenham Frog and Fiddle
9th - Sheffield Record Junkee
Pre-order Beautiful Life here: www.musicofjunior.com
The theme of positivity and self-expression underpin JUNIOR's first album and are key to the band's own identity. Beyond this, the band's drummer Si Martin is known for running mental health non-profit Heads Above The Waves, which raises awareness of depression and self-harm in young people.
In addition to Si, JUNIOR's vocalist/bassist is well-known WWE wrestler Mark Andrews who performs weekly on NXT, 205 Live and NXT UK to an audience of millions. Guitarist and co-vocalist Matt Attard writes theme tunes for wrestlers, balancing his time against JUNIOR's increasingly busy schedule.
The band's vital message does not detract from the fact that JUNIOR are, above all else, a fun band. The highly versatile and impressively mature debut brings to mind elements of Blink-182, Biffy Clyro, and Jimmy Eat World, breaking beyond anthemic pop-punk tropes to create a highly irresistible first offering to all fans of modern rock.
In their short history, JUNIOR have already played Download Festival, toured Canada, headlined London's The Dome and received significant support from Rock Sound, Kerrang!, Alt Press and many more.
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