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set to release new album with a performance at

The Carleton in Halifax

on November 19th

New Stony Plain Records CD, Moon Turn Red, features a guest appearance from legendary Canadian guitarist 

David Wilcox

October 29, 2015

Multi-award winning Ottawa-based trio MonkeyJunk will be celebrating the release of their new album, Moon Turn Red with a performance at The Carleton on November 19th.  Rooted in the sounds of swampy soul, dirty blues and rock’n’roll, MonkeyJunk is comprised of Steve Marriner (vocals, harmonica, keyboards, baritone guitar), Tony D (lead guitar, background vocals) and Matt Sobb (drums, percussion, background vocals).

Quick Details
MonkeyJunk CD release party for Moon Turn Red

Thursday, November 19th at 9:00p.m.
The Carleton - 1685 Argyle St. Halifax, NS
Tickets are $15 advance or  $20 at the door

Additional East Coast Dates

November 13th - King's Corner Bar - Bridgeport, NS w/Wicked Grin + Catahoula Brown + Dirty Road Home  
November 14 - Spirits On The Mercy - Liverpool, NS  
November 17 - Trailside Inn - Mt. Stewart, PEI  
November 20 - The Fox & Hound - Riverview, NB  
November 21 - Whitetail Pub - Westville, NS 

MonkeyJunk are available for station IDs and media interviews.

To watch a special EPK about the making of Moon Turn Red, click here

Listen to "Light It Up" on SoundCloud here

To download a hi-res photo of MonkeyJunk (photo credit: Scott Doubt), click here

Canadian Media Inquiries:

Sarah French
Sarah French Publicity
416-566-4188 |


About MonkeyJunk and Moon Turn Red

On their fourth CD for Stony Plain, MonkeyJunk displays their passionate and edgy roots-based music with an unfettered delivery, and Moon Turn Red is certain to further cement the band’s popularity around the globe.  “With each record we make, we feel like we’re pushing more boundaries,” says the group’s Steve Marriner.  "Moon Turn Red is no different in that regard.  I really think some of the songs on this album are some of the best we’ve written.  We explored grooves we’ve never hit on before and experimented with some new sounds, while paying particular attention to the melodic passages of the songs,” he adds.

MonkeyJunk truly shines on the new album, with ten scorching tracks varying from straight-up rockers like “Light it Up,” “You,” “Hot Hot Papa,” “Live Another Day,” “Lucky One” and “Travelin’ Light;” the reggae-tinged “Love Attack;” the funky “Show Me Yours;” and soulful, goose bump-inducing love songs, “Learn How to Love” and “Meet Me at Midnight.”

Moon Turn Red also features a guest appearance from legendary Canadian guitarist David Wilcox, who plays guitar and sings on MonkeyJunk’s cover of his classic “Hot Hot Papa”.  “It was a real thrill for all of us to work with David Wilcox as he is someone we have been a fan of for many years - one of our musical heroes,” says Matt Sobb.  “We listened to his music growing up, have covered his songs in previous bands and still listen to his albums in our van while on tour.  He was very generous with his time and talents and it was truly an honor that he was so gracious and genuinely invested in making the track sound great with us.  And it was great to have Colin Cripps onboard to produce that song too - his musical sensibility and keen ears really harnessed the best out of all of us!”

Another coup for the band was having Gordie Johnson (of Big Sugar and Grady fame) lend his talents to the recording.  As Marriner states, “He possesses an acute sensibility for melody and groove, a champion of ‘riff-rock’, while his role on our album is more supportive than feature, he brought all sorts of vibe to the session that I believe we effectively captured on tape that day.” Tony D adds, “Gordie and I both come out of the blues.  We’ve known each other for over 25 years.  It was serendipitous that he happened to be touring in the vicinity of the studio in Almonte, Ontario, and after all these years we finally got a chance to work together!”

Moon Turn Red is not only an outstanding addition to an already impressive body of work and a turning point for MonkeyJunk, it is an example of musical camaraderie and brotherhood; the trio of long-time friends and colleagues just seem to click in a way that is at once natural and otherworldly.  Their passion, conviction, and dedication to their music are evident with every lick, every beat, and every lyric.  MonkeyJunk is a reminder to listeners that musicianship, ability, and strong song writing will always triumph.