Feeling high off of last year's absolutely killer debut album, The Junk have once again teamed up with Rum Bar Records to give you ten more head boppin' floor shakers in the form of Stars In The Night. They're a little more polished than they were on their home recorded debut, but they haven't abandoned any of the recklessness inherent in their nature. If you haven't done so already, it's time to get yourself hooked on Indonesian Junk.
The gang first kicked out of the gate in Spring of 2014 when Chinese Telephones guitarist / Ramma Lamma bassist Daniel James unleashed a series of home recorded demos on bandcamp. Although initially intended as a solo project, he soon enlisted a lineup including former Nerve Twin Johnny Cyanide and they began playing shows in May of that year.
2015 saw the release of their debut 7" single Crimes, a searing slab of garage punk wildness. This was followed by more extensive touring as they took their unpredictable live show on the road. Expanding on the sounds of Crimes they released their full length debut in February of the following year receiving enthusiastic responses.
2017 finds the crew releasing their second album featuring a more polished sound than their debut without abandoning the recklessness inherent in their nature.
DANIEL JAMES - guitar, vocals
JOHNNY CYANIDE - bass
MIKE MATTNER - drums
REVIEWS OF "STARS IN THE NIGHT" LP:
"It's not that there's anything radically different about Indonesian Junk this time out. The Milwaukee trio continues to mix glam, power pop, and old New York punk influences in such a way that doesn't sound like any other band out there. But man oh man, Daniel James and company have absolutely knocked this record out of the park! This release was far more 'professionally' recorded than the last one. That could have been a good thing or a bad thing, but it definitely turned out to be the former. And in an entirely good way, this album really plays to Daniel's knack for writing terrific pop songs. If anyone is still questioning whether or not it's possible to create poppy punk rock that sounds genuinely tough, Stars In the Night will show you how it's done... This is up there with the top three or four albums of a really great year. " -FASTER AND LOUDER (read the whole review here)
"Bratty punk and hooks-aplenty power-pop are once again the order of the day... but there’s something winningly vulnerable and sincere in the way that they’re delivered. Standout tracks like the shout-along 'Why Did I Call You?' and the minor-key 'Turn To Stone' mix glam-rock vamping with pained tenderness, while 'I Would Never Treat You Like That' avoids any 'nice guy' ickiness with a knowing wink and a mile-high chorus. Elsewhere, 'Nosferatu' gets snaky and sexy, 'Tonight' turns James’ guitars up to 11, and 'I’ll Run Away' blurs the line between heap-bopping and head-banging.Stars‘ closing track, 'On The Run' (so much running!), even makes room for an acoustic prelude before going full-on slow-burning ballad... Stars In The Night improves on Indonesian Junk’s self-recorded, self-titled 2016 debut in practically every way. Mike Mattner’s drums pack a sonic punch, Johnny Cyanide’s bass pops and pulls, and James’ voice and guitar (dig the solos on the title track and 'Lorelei') have never sounded better. But most important are the songs—sharp, infectious, and finely crafted. Polish or no polish, this is where Indonesian Junk excels, once again." -MILWAUKEE RECORD (read the whole review here)
"On their self-titled debut album last year, Milwaukee’s Indonesian Junk introduced themselves as the kind of band that probably wouldn’t take their shoes off before coming into your house. Their scuzzy rock ’n’ roll drew heavily from the antagonistic ’70s glam rock of guys like Gene Simmons and Alice Cooper. The trio’s latest single, though, hints at a bit of a beating heart behind that sneer. “Turn to Stone” is a rocker in the spirit of pre-“Runaway Train” Soul Asylum, with driving drums and chiming guitars. It’s their best track yet." - SHEPHERD EXPRESS (read the whole review here)
REVIEWS OF "INDONESIAN JUNK" LP:
"A jukebox-ready collection of head-boppers and floor-shakers that positively reek of stale cigarette smoke, dirty denim and reckless good times. Remarkably poppy in spots, but in a good, late-70s, skinny tie, local power-pop sensation sorta way." - CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE (read the whole review here)
“I love this record! In my opinion, it’s THE release of 2016 so far. It’s exactly what James was going for - trashy glam/punk with the soul of power pop…The most telling thing about Indonesian Junk’s debut album is that it’s been living in my car CD player for the last few weeks. I just don’t get tired of these songs!” - FASTER AND LOUDER (read the whole review here)
"Similar to finding a treasure trove of lost tapes from the 1970’s New York scene. No one else has heard this yet, but I feel like everyone needs to. It feels important. Indonesian Junk is a little all over the place, shambolic yet solid. It’s a release that is just barely tipping over the edge into chaos and confusion while remaining truly lovable." - NEW NOISE MAGAZINE (read the whole review here)
"Close your eyes when pressing play on the new Indonesian Junk album and you might think Iggy Pop had hip-thrusted his way to the top of your queue without you noticing. The opening beat rattles like an old Stooges jam; something with a lurid bounce for Iggy to twist to. The guitars sizzle, slathered in grime and guts, riding a bass line that rumbles like an avalanche in the distance. Frontman Daniel James even oohs and ahs into the groove before stretching out a slightly sinister drawl." -MIDWEST ACTION (read the whole review here)
“This album reminds me of The Wanderers, the street gang in the movie The Wanderers. This album is hard, but not so hard that it takes itself too seriously. It still knows how to have fun and rock out, you know, let loose. But it also knows danger. In fact, it embraces danger. Which is dangerous. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m scared of danger. I’m scared of this album!” - MUSIC SHE BLOGGED (read the whole review here)
"There's plenty of power-pop blood coursing through the veins of the Milwaukee group’s new self-titled record, but it’s spiked with enough punk, glam, and sleazeball metal to make it a familiar yet increasingly rare type... Daniel James proves himself a convincingly sneering vocalist and a straight-up guitar hero... Indonesian Junk’s crack musicianship is one of the band’s greatest pleasures." - MILWAUKEE RECORD (read the whole review here)
"Like listening to some old Voidoids record - it's got the heart and soul and clearly shares the same DNA. It's music from the dark, midnight hour as it slides through your speakers fueled on cheap bourbon and cheaper cigarettes." - UBER ROCK (read the whole review here)
"The smooth vocals likewise project a disarmingly casual self-confidence. The arrangements keep things tight and tuneful as well, with hard-crunching guitars, neatly percolating basslines, and mighty pounding drums merging together to create a sound that’s quite punchy and sinewy, yet still melodic... a surefire winner." - JERSEY BEAT (read the whole review here)
"They evoke the lecherous cockiness of '70s fixtures like Alice Cooper and Kiss. Each of these 10 songs lands like an exhilarating punch to the gut." - SHEPHERD EXPRESS (read the whole review here)
"In a world full of squeaky clean, commercialized music, it’s great to hear an album which is really just a dirty rock n roll record. There’s a messy, throwaway feel to it, but it doesn’t cheapen the quality of the songs." - SOUL OF A CLOWN (read the whole review here)
"The best I've heard from them so far... The perfect driving drunk through some praries at 4am style music... Give a call to your dealer, put this on, and tune out." -MAXIMUMROCKNROLL (read the whole review here)
"For those too young to have experienced a night at CBGB in Manhattan, I imagine that an Indonesian Junk show is probably the next best thing... You'll hear elements of punk, glam, garage and heavy metal. 'Shake It With You', with its subversive overtones and sleaze-like vocals is entirely engaging... 'You Messed Me Up' (is) an up-tempo scorcher that will have you fist-pumping and otherwise bouncing off the walls... More than any other band, these guys remind me of the (New York) Dolls." -CAROLINA POWER POP (read the whole review here)
REVIEWS OF "CRIMES" EP
"Three catchy tunes that combine songwriting elements of power pop, garage rock, and 70's boogie rock. The hooks and choruses are there, but they're matched with guitar heroics: the riffs and parts betray technical skill beyond the scope of most one-chord garage pretenders. Someone here actually spent time learning how to play while you were posing in front of your mirror with your leather jacket and a tennis racket. High energy stuff." -MAXIMUM ROCK N' ROLL (read the whole review here)
"Fun if you're in the mood for dirty sounding rock n' roll... This is cool. You can tell these guys have the right attitude... No frills. I could definitely see the closing track 'Now That It's Over' going over well in a cramped basement with all the wasted attendees singing along" - NO FRIENDS (read the whole review here)