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Album Review: Same Place by New Junk City

Atlanta quartet New Junk City release their sophomore album Same Places on 12th October via Real Ghost Records. Here the band explore through this idea of trying to stay young at heart while your body grows older and older. Building upon the foundation the band laid on their debut LP (2014’s self-titled effort), Same Places continues the band’s trend of high-energy, high-intensity melodic folk-inspired and pop-influenced style of punk, while also dipping the bands metaphorical toes into some new realms.

While the term “music for old-punx” has been banded about on Twitter it rings true for New Junk City. It’s punk rock for the more mature listener, one that’s tired of the Neck Deeps of the world. One that wants some no frills, relatable punk rock. That’s exactly what New Junk City deliver and it’s bloody great.

Think a cross of The Menzingers, The Gaslight Anthem and Against Me and you’d be on the right tracks. There’s that combination of both brash and noodling guitars over a driving and pounding rhythm section, combined with graveled-but-oddly-melodic vocals that you find in those bands and not many more.

While the music is the main selling point here and you’ve got nine tracks of the highest calibre, it’s also very relatable. That’s down to vocalist John Vournakis heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics and stories dealing with the fear of loss, fear of being alone, and fear of being stuck, both in a literal and metaphorical sense.

It won’t take up much of your time – the nine tracks clock in at just over 30 minutes, but you’ll want to stick it on repeat. Every track is immediate and straight to the point, ‘Come Tomorrow’ and ‘Half Life’ are highlights, but in all truth they’re all worth your attention.

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