Big hooks and big riffs is what Indonesian Junk is all about. Hailing from the land of Lenny, Squiggy, and the Crusher this Milwaukee ménage à trois takes the best elements of glam, punk, heavy metal, and power pop, while ditching the fluff to create some tuff n' catchy street shakers. They're both sleazy and sincere, pairing their dangerous guitar heroics with hymns of damaged love.
Indonesian Junk 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 working on their second album featuring a more polished sound than their debut without abandoning the recklessness inherent in their nature. The first single from the LP "Turn To Stone" hints at what is to come.
DANIEL JAMES - guitar, vocals (Chinese Telephones, Ramma Lamma)
JOHNNY CYANIDE - bass (Nerve Twins, Loose Cannons)
MIKE MATTNER - drums (1956, The Slurs)
REVIEWS OF "TURN TO STONE" SINGLE:
"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)