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NEW JUNK CITY Share ‘Losing Side’ Standard Selects Live Session

NEW JUNK CITY Share ‘Losing Side’ Standard Selects Live Session

New Junk CityAtlanta-punks, New Junk City have shared their Standard Selects live session, featuring brand new track ‘Losing Side’. The track is taken from the bands upcoming new album, Same Places – Set for an October 12th co-release through UK punk label, Real Ghost Records and US labels Night Animal Records and Secret Pennies Records.

The sessions are a weekly series, filmed live in the Standard Electric Co. studios in Atlanta, GA, direct to VHS.

Speaking on ‘Losing Side’, frontman John Vournakis said “It’s one of the weirder tracks on the record for sure, but one of my favorites. It was kind of born out of a guitar jam at practice which is really atypical for us. We wanted to use it as an opportunity to play with texture and dynamics in a way that most of our other songs just don’t have space for.” 

Same Places sees the quartet explore the idea of trying to stay young at heart while your body grows older and older. Building upon the foundation the band laid on their debut LP (2014’s Self Titled Effort), Same Places continues the band’s trend of high-energy, high-intensity melodic folk-inspired and pop-influenced style of punk, while also dipping the bands metaphorical toes into some new realms.

Often compared to the likes of The Menzingers, early-era Get up Kids and The Gaslight Anthem, New Junk City layers a combination of both brash and noodling guitars over a driving and pounding rhythm section, combined with graveled-but-oddly-melodic vocals with a certain fervor and passion not often captured on record. And while the band’s music and sound certainly is one of their biggest selling points, on Same Places, Vournakis belts out nine heart-on-the-sleeve songs and stories dealing with the fear of loss, fear of being alone, and fear of being stuck, both in a literal and metaphorical sense. From the squealing feedback that opens the record, all the way through it’s abrupt ending, Same Places takes the listener through a journey of growing older, while still trying to remember who you are.

There’s a phrase you’ll see floating around twitter from time to time: “music for old punx.” While it started as something sort of tongue and cheek, the term “old punx” has begun to resonate and take a life of its own in the scene because it represents growth and maturity (both in terms of musical taste and life in general) while still staying true to the music and ideals that helped mold you into the person you are today. And while Same Places might not just be “music for old punx,” New Junk City absolutely build through that idea on this record. Because, to end where we began, getting old kind of sucks. But New Junk City seem to be making the most of it.”

Same Places will be available on 12inch vinyl and digital download via all usual retailers from the 12th October 2018 through Real Ghost Records, Night Animal Records and Secret Pennies Records.

 

 

 

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