INDONESIAN JUNK: Stars in the Night: CD

Jan 31, 2018

This record is moored in that vaporous, foggy swamp between power pop and punk. Daniel James, principal songwriter for this three-piece, has a long, involved pedigree in punk and knows exactly what he’s doing here. There’s often a kind of subdued Dead Boys tone to this, like if Stiv Bators hadn’t always come across like a tool, but the band also gleefully lurches around in the land of Cheap Trick as well. It’s a fun combination. There are moments where I wish they’d speed it up a bit or fling a bit more venom, but all in all, it’s a solid record. Great album cover, and I’m sure Nørb would be able to tell what issue of Green Lantern they’re reading on the back. –Keith Rosson (Rum Bar)