When you crunch the numbers, Indianapolis has a healthy number of hardcore bands, indie rock bands and metal bands. The one thing that Indianapolis is short on is punk bands. Right now, there are only a handful of functioning punk bands in the city. Sure, other bands may incorporate elements of punk music into their music but they wouldn’t work well on a punk bill. So while the punk pickings are slim, there are a few bright points in the punk scene.
One of those bright points in the scene is Junker. Formed from the broken pieces of the city’s punk rock past, the heavy quartet is a step forward for its members and for the city’s music scene. The band has attracted a following by uniting fans of metal, hardcore and punk rock in the city. Drummer Alex Bond, a veteran of the scene, has earned his stripes playing with bands like Project Bottlecap and Sex Before Marriage. Coming from bands that sported a more melodic sound, Junker was a natural progression for him. Also coming from a melodic punk background, guitarist Jay Naidoo, etched his name in Circle City history during his tour of duty with local legends About The Fire.
The influence of both About The Fire and Project Bottlecap is present in the gravely melodicism of Junker, but the distinct sound of legendary acts Hot Water Music and Dillinger Four boils to the surface of their songs as well.
This past May, Junker finally released a long-over-due EP, Better In The End. The EP, which was initially self-released, eventually caught the attention of digital record label Death To False Hope, who released the EP online.
The EP, (which can be streamed HERE), is eight songs of emotional punk rock fury. The dudes in Junker are years beyond the high school drama that fuels most bands. They write straight forward songs about the disappointments and tiny triumphs that come with growing up and feeling old. The power of the EP's epic opener, "Warrior Boy", is undeniable.
Seeing them live is even better than the record. Their live show doesn’t include any stage dives or backflips or any other youthful gimmicks, but their presence on stage is powerful to say the least. The dual guitar attack beefs up their already hearty sound and the gruff vocals boom with the rhythm section to create a truly impressive performance.
If you haven’t had a chance to catch Junker live yet, then your best bet is to head over to Rock Lobster in Broad Ripple on Thursday night to catch them play a FREE show with local Bauhaus-worshipers We Are Hex and Fort Wayne rockers Sacred Broncos.
Junker w/ We Are Hex and Young Broncos
@ Rock Lobster 10:00 PM