TWO HOUSES / NEW JUNK CITY: Split: 7”

Two melodic/indie punk bands, each doing an original and a cover of another song by the other band. Two Houses kick it off with a gruff, underdoggish ripper. It’s fast and desperate with a ton of replay value—I rocked it three times in a row. Their cover is slowed down for a power pop singalong that lacks the sense of urgency that made their original a winner. I get the sense that someone from New Junk City spent their childhood listening to their parents’ Gin Blossoms CD in the car. Their songs are quick and melodic with clear vocals, and I caught a line about a Richmond, Virginia house party, so I’m sold. This is a solid split. If you like one band, you’ll like the other, but each band’s unique qualities still shine through. –Chris Terry (Rad Girlfriend)