Stereo Junks - Suicide Angels

Quick review for those of you in a rush:

Stereo Junks are from Finland and they play that new style of Glam/Punk/Trash/Sleaze akin to bands along the line of Backyard Babies.

There, some of you should know by that if you want it or not.

For the rest of you with a few minutes to kill:

Formed in 2003, Stereo Junks are from Finland and they play that new style of Glam/Punk/Trash/Sleaze akin to bands along the line of Backyard Babies, with lots of black in the clothes and tattoos.

Song one kicks off, and you could swear that you are listening to a Velvet Revolver tribute band. I would seriously be interested in finding out when these guys wrote "Suicide Angels" as opposed to when VR started writing, because this beginning is basically VR, with it's "AH!" yells.

Song two, "China White" is a great song in the Demolition 23 tradition. Rapid fire lyrics with a great drive behind the whole thing musically. This is where these guys shine, in the nice attitude drenched grind of Rock and Roll. It's nothing new, but it moves with a good energy and really gets you moving.

Song three, "Doing Fine" is a toss up for me with "China" for the best song on the CD. "Doing Fine" benefits from a great chorus that will hang out in your head for hours after you have put the CD away. Whereas the other songs rely on a driving beat and rapid fire guitar chunk, "Doing Fine" relies on its melody and shows the boys can hook you with a great vocal.

Song four, "Cold Blood", with an intro guitar similar to Andy McCoy in "High School", the song turns over to that rapid fire thing they've were doing before, strong song with a great groove and drive.

Some versions of the CD will include a video for the song "China White". I know the computer EP that was making the rounds had the video, and it appears that there is a pressed CD with it also. The video is a well produced "live outside…in a junkyard or industrial area" type thing. Ya know, set up your gear someplace odd, act like you're playing…then at other times just walk around singing.

The only thing I might complain about (aside from the Velvet Revolver thing on the first tune) is that vocalist Anzi does his "talk/sing" thing a bit too much and maybe not at the best times. He has a heck of a great voice at times and he should use all of his styles more. Instead of the laid back talking, maybe add a bit more energy into it. But it's a minor complaint, as it takes away from something that is exclusive to these guys.

All in all it's a really good EP. I would love to get the chance to see them live, as I bet they tear the place up.

8 out of 10

by Carl Isonhart

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