Punk Rawk, Juniper Avenue Be Thy Name

Good punk rock bring balance to my life and peace to my soul. Ironic that a genre known for raucous, fervor, and angst is so life-giving for a man in his 40s? Perhaps… but a band with great tunes, punk rock roots, and a knack for leaving their hearts on the stage will always be a band that I want to spend my time with.

The best punk bands blend the fire of punk rock with other influences and make the genre their bitch. This is exactly what Juniper Avenue does on chuck Rock, as they show a clear love for garage rock, weave in surf tones, show off their indie chops, and even dabble in a bit of psychedelia.

On the opening track, “Everything Must Go”, the guitars soar and get a little weird, almost like Hawkwind is playing a punk song. Later, on “Miss Shine”, the guitars go full on Hendrix mode. These psychedelic rock hooks, though, find ways on both tracks to blend with a punk rock attitude, precise and tight rhythm sections, and a garage rock vibe that wouldn’t feel out of place for bands like The Strokes, The Libertines, or The Hives. The sound is diverse, but it never gives up that decidedly punk attitude.

Whether the band gets funky (“Danny Fanatic”) or poppy (“Bumfuzzle”), the album always rocks faces off. For my aging punk ass, this is exactly what the doctor ordered. So check out the album below or head to Spotify to join in the fun.

Viva la punk rock!

Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here and at Cinapse, as well as contributing to a few other sites on occasion. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, the 76ers, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy.
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