The Junk - Novus Ordo Seclorum

Three track EP 'Novus Ordo Seclorum' is a no-frills skacore that'll find a ready home with fans of the genre. However, if skacore hasn't previously won you over, then stay well clear, as The Junk bring absolutely nothing new to the genre. One of the strongest points of this release is the rich brass section. Throwing in sax, trombone and trumpet into the mix, there's a developed sound that is anything but tacked on. The horns are intrinsic to the record as a whole, none more so than on "Scream Your Dreams", a track that, keeping in with the HHN theme harks back to Adequate 7. There's not quite the funk infusion of the now defunct Welsh outfit, but the brass is accomplished and very welcome.

None of the three songs on offer here are going to blow the ska punk scene apart, but the fact that they are all of such a high quality will ensure that they are (along with the band) taken to the hearts of every fan of the genre.

Rating 7/10

by Barry Gennard

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