NEW JUNK CITY / ROBOT (RE)PAIR: Split: 7”

I listen to New Junk City’s full length all the time. I seriously love it, and thusly approached this record with a mix of eagerness and trepidation. Needless to say, this split continues their earnest, almost Americana-tinged punk that’s simultaneously endearing as shit and terrifically ragged. This is such a great band. Robot (Re)pair was a nice surprise: super fun, bone-simple, scrappy buzzsaw punk that would’ve been right at home on a Lookout 7”. Like a less cloying Fun Bug, or one of the better Invalids records. When they sing, “Life is pain” on “Weird World,” it’s like, Yeah, it is, guys. But somehow the acknowledgment makes it a little better. Solid cover art by Jason Lubrano closes it out. Great record. –Keith Rosson (Night Animal)