May 9, 2004
Junkyard "Tried and True"
Review by Miss Kitty Kowalski
These guys woke up and figured out that the kids have been listening to punk rock for the last decade, becuase they issued this 6 song EP and put this incongruous image of a punk rock girl on the cover hoping it would sell to the fans of Brian Baker's current gig, but anyone who expects to hear punk rock on this disc will be sorely disappointed. Not that it's entirely bad - it's just classic Junkyard Sunset Strip circa 1987 rock without the cultural context. Not as silly and fun as Faster Pussycat, not as bombastic as the Crue, but you hear bits of tension trying to get through in "Fight". "Waste of Time" is the straightest hate fuck song I've ever heard. The title track is the power ballad that missed it's heyday, or the Black Crowe stole their slot. Speaking of incongruous,"Old #4" is a honky tonk standard with hair metal production, which makes it very Nelson, and I don't mean Willie. "Simple Man" is album filler, which is sorry, given that this is an EP. It seems as though Junkyard wanted to change musical direction within the span of six songs - from Monsters of Rock to Mavricks - and then gave up. I don't know if the Hot Topic set will get it, but it seems as though they'll buy anything sold in the right package nowadays.
Posted by Ms. Jen at May 9, 2004 4:56 PM
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