Junkyard - Spain, Murcia, Garaje Beat Club - 13th October 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Nick Fawkes   
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 03:00

Nearly a quarter of a century ago the Los Angeles based Junkyard toured Britain as support to The Almighty, promoting their second Geffen Records album 'Sixes, Sevens & Nines'. Regrettably I didn't see them on that tour, and that was the only time (as yet!) that they have played in the U.K. Unfortunately not too long after this the band were no longer on Geffen and had split up.

 

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Around 2000 though, the band got back together and have since issued a steady stream of recordings and have undertaken tours of Europe and Japan. Some months ago I was delighted to discover that they were doing another tour of Spain, their first since 2008. One of the dates took in the Garaje Beat Club in the city of Murcia, a venue where a couple of years earlier I had seen The Hangmen, another band to emerge from the same Los Angeles underground rock/punk scene. In fact just a week or so before this tour Junkyard and The Hangmen had played together at The Viper Room in Hollywood at a cancer benefit for The Supersuckers' Eddie Spaghetti.

 

The band took to the stage and started the show with a pummelling version of 'Life Sentence', singer David Roach looked in great shape, an underrated singer, frontman and songwriter. The set was made up of songs mostly from their first two Geffen albums, predominantly fast paced, hard edged rock 'n' roll such as 'Back On The Streets', 'Blooze' and 'Hotrod', though they occasionally slowed it down with 'Simple Man', 'Hands Off' and their version of Tex And The Horseheads' 'Clean The Dirt'. Excellent new single 'Faded' was aired, and it fits in so well with the older material that it took me a few seconds to realise that it was in fact a new song. It is well known that the band members were already veterans of the American punk scene before they formed Junkyard, drummer Patrick Muzingo and bass player Todd Muscat having started playing together in the early eighties in L.A. punk band Decry, make a superb rhythm section. Guitarists Tim Mosher and Marc Diamond sounded great, they also both have deep roots in the L.A. rock scene, having previously played together in the underrated Broken Glass who put out the album 'A Fast Mean Game' on Chrysalis Records in 1990. Brian Baker was not present on this tour, though the former Minor Threat, and current Bad Religion man is still a member of Junkyard.

 

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They rounded their blistering set off with another of their best known songs 'Hollywood', and were called back by the ecstatic audience for an encore, for which they treated those of us present to a killer version of the Rose Tattoo classic 'Nice Boys' which fits in very nicely with their own blue collar hard rock.

 

It truly was a magnificent display of real rock 'n' roll, played by guys who are obviously doing it for the love of it. For me it was the best show I've seen this year and an amazing night in sunny Spain.

 

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