NAME: The Junk
ALBUM: Problem. Reaction. Solution
LABEL: 12 Step /Bad Mood records
FIVE WORD REVIEW: Frantic, chaotic, gut busting loudness.
LOCATION: Brighton, England
LINE UP: Jake – Vocals Skinner – Guitar Bill – Guitar Butters – Drums Perity – Bass / Vocals Moff – Trumpet / Vocals Colley – Trombone / Vocals Twids – Sax / Vocals.
WHAT’S THE STORY?: They say that with a host of influences spanning from 60’s soul legend ‘Sam Cooke’and 80’s pop merchants ‘Men at Work’, right through to fellow UK ska-nuts ‘Capdown’, ‘The Junk’ spew out alluring original ska-core punk fuelled with political rage and wit. Well their music definitely has political rage, tinged with rapid drumming and laced with sharp horns and seductive riffs. Junk were formed back in 2008 and have played at shows on mainland Europe as well as the UK and the album really seams together their ability to rock. From the off, as the guitars burst into life on the first track ‘I.V.B.K’ it’s an obvious prelude to the fiery vocals to come. ‘Eyes Wide Open’ slows down the tempo somewhat with a catchy drum and trumpet back beat but it’s important to note that The Junk carry an anarchic British sound. It’s a legacy from the days of punk but to be fair, they are also an acquired taste and by the time track 3 comes around, the ground has been firmly set. However solid arrangements only enhance their attempt to leave their mark. Tracks such as ‘Left for Dead’, ‘D.T.S.F.C’ and ‘Rise and Shine’, keep up the heat as the band let loose. The reggae influenced track ‘Politics and Nightsticks Pt. 2’ really shows their versatility with the same amped up vocals swimming successfuly over a laid back dub beat, proving that there’s more to The Junk than meets the eye. The band tout many influences in their music and a very careful listen will identify quite a few.‘Left for Dead’ is the new song off their album.
SOUNDS LIKE: A chaotic stream of fast paced music. Often angry in its delivery, it’s in your face music.
YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: You like bands such as Capdown and Random Hand.
Submitted By L.Heath