New Junk City – Same Places

Real Ghost Records
Written By Mark Jones

I may not be massively into melodic punk like I once was opting for the harder sound of Oi! and Hardcore but sometimes a band will come along and grabs my attention that brings me back into the scene. One such band is Atlanta’s New Junk City who play catchy melodic punk with layers of brash noodling guitars over a driving rhythm section which is a must for fans of The Gaslight Anthem, The Menzingers and The Get Up Kids. The band have just released ‘Same Places’ which is the follow up to 2015’s self-titled debut.

The band deliver us 9 well written heart on the sleeve songs about the fear of loss, being alone and the fear of being stuck and are all delivered brilliantly by vocalist John Vournakis. Right from the opening riffs of ‘Useless Friends’ the band had me hooked with great melodies, excellent lyrics and some brilliant guitar riffs that I just can’t get enough of. This continues throughout the album which doesn’t have a bad track on but my highlights are ‘High in the Morning’, ‘Stay Asleep’ ‘Come Tomorrow’, ‘Coffee Mug’, and the sublime ‘In Our Blood’.

‘Same Places’ really is an excellent album and if you like the any of the bands above then you really need to check this band out you won’t be disappointed.