Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Junction - A Collection of Random Mishaps (1995)

Junction were a 4 piece band from PA who toed the line between post-hardcore and straightforward rock music. If there were ever a time for this kind of style to truly be heard then it takes place in the early 90's. Bands like Quicksand and Jawbox were heading the way with their almost radio friendliness, but there was always something that kept it from being so trite and consumable. It's sharp edges were still apparent, twisted forms left unpolished for others to glare at and eventually feel association with.

Junction falls within these parameters. Exisiting from 1989 to 1993, they had a few releases on Significant Records and Art Monk Construction eventually released a discography in 1995. The vocals were sung by Vanessa and the guitars, two of them, pushing a distinctly DC-ish sound, were manned by Gregg and Ben, who later both played in Delta 72 with Ben eventually going on to play in the Capitol City Dusters. Vanessa later played in a very similarly structured band on Art Monk called Samuel.

I personally have always loved the tense angularity of Junctions music juxtaposed with Vanessas smooth voice. She doesnt resort to cheesy vibratos or anything of the sort (ie. Elena from Ashes), instead coming off like a mix of Joan Jett and DC's own Chris Thompson. Definitely a rocker chick with some great lyrics to boot.

Also, Ben Azzara has a website for Junction that is a little out of date but still interesting. Check it


Blogger papstar said...

always kinda digged these guys, never really got around to owning much. thanks for this.

still looking for your requests, you didn't happen to pick the easiest stuff~! I have worlds collide on tape...hehe. I will find something soon.

take it easy/.

12:39 AM  
Blogger afonsoduarte said...

great stuff. thanks for posting it. i'm practically choking on all the new stuff I have to listen to though. How noob of me.

12:00 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

hey paps, thats cool. haha! i have been looking for those for a few years now. i am sure i could find the Worlds Collide for purchase somewhere.

the Absinthe stuff is supposed to be re-released as a discography, but the Opposition and Unionsuit stuff is damn near missing. that Unionsuit demo was pretty awesome. So was the Engine Down demo. Just remembered that for some reason.

I have the Unionsuit EP... its pretty good.

@ afonsoduarte, glad you like it. i had this cd when it was out, but its long since gone. i found this rip a little while ago and was psyched to hear it held up so well.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i may be a 'day-late & a dollar short'.. but... THANKS!!! saw your reply to Jimmy's "Onion" post! haven't dl'd yet cuz i'm at a public = SLOW connection, but i'll get it when i go home. "saturation" & "transit" were what i was looking for.. THANKS AGAIN for reviving those memories! :) hashi-tashi@live.com

1:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have the Engine Down demo...i totally would be interested. Let me know.

10:19 AM  

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