On New Junk City’s sophomore full length, Same Places, the Atlanta-based quartet build upon the foundation the band laid on their debut LP (2014’s Self-Titled effort). New Junk City have pop-punk sensibilities with catchy melodies rooted in folk music and the powerful, Undertones like opener, Useless Friendsis as catchy a punk song I’ve heard this year with significant punch.
The band are often compared to the likes of The Menzingers and The Gaslight Anthem and they leave nothing on the cutting room floor with from the heart vocals and pounding beats supplementing the chunky riffs. The melodic guitar lick that leads into High In The Morninghas a feel-good vibe and the cascading riffs that follow just encourage mosh-pit fun and Half Lifecontinues the momentum albeit with some rhythmic pauses and slower sections.
Stay Asleepadds a fun lick to the mix with serrated guitars supporting a super vocal and the band showcase some solid songwriting sensibilities as they do on the bass guitar led Losing Side,a song that just pounds into your skull and then forces you to move your body to some excellent punk rock sections. The band maintain the melodic, fast, powerful pop-punk approach on Come Tomorrowand introduce some math-punk elements and they continue to delight with the guitar dominated Coffee Mug.
The rather delicate introduction to In Our Bloodsets up a power ballad that builds to a stunning climax of feedback, riffs and all out noise setting up the closer, Nothing Waitingto power us home as the band launch into a super punk rock storytelling pop song!
Same Placesis available on 12inch vinyl and digital download via all usual retailers from the through Real Ghost Records.
Check out Same Places by New Junk City here:- https://newjunkcityatl.bandcamp.com/album/same-places