Indonesian Junk

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Left to right: David Barootian, Daniel James, Johnny Cyanide

Big hooks and big riffs is what Indonesian Junk is all about. Hailing from the land of Lenny, Squiggy, and the Crusher this Milwaukee ménage à trois takes the best elements of glam, punk, power pop, and heavy metal; ditches the fluff and cranks out 10 tuff street pop shakers. They’re sleazy and sincere, pairing their hymns of damaged love with dangerous guitar heroics on their full length debut.

DANIEL JAMES guitar, vocals


“A jukebox ready collection of headboppers and floorshakers that positively reek of stale cigarette smoke, dirty denim and reckless good times. Remarkably poppy in spots, but in a good, late 70s, skinny tie, local power pop sensation sorta way.” CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE

“I love this record! In my opinion, it’s THE release of 2016 so far. It’s exactly what James was going for trashy glam/punk with the soul of power pop…The most telling thing about Indonesian Junk’s debut album is that it’s been living in my car CD player for the last few weeks. I just don’t get tired of these songs!” FASTER AND LOUDER

“Close your eyes when pressing play on the new Indonesian Junk album and you might think Iggy Pop had hipthrusted his way to the top of your queue without you noticing. The opening beat rattles like an old Stooges jam; something with a lurid bounce for Iggy to twist to. The guitars sizzle, slathered in grime and guts, riding a bass line that rumbles like an avalanche in the distance. Frontman Daniel James even oohs and ahs into the groove before stretching out a slightly sinister drawl.” MIDWEST ACTION

“This album reminds me of The Wanderers, the street gang in the movie The Wanderers. This album is hard, but not so hard that it takes itself too seriously. It still knows how to have fun and rock out, you know, let loose. But it also knows danger. In fact, it embraces danger. Which is dangerous. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m scared of danger. I’m scared of this album!” MUSIC SHE BLOGGED

“There’s plenty of powerpop blood coursing through the veins of the Milwaukee group’s new selftitled record, but it’s spiked with enough punk, glam, and sleazeball metal to make it a familiar yet increasingly rare type… Daniel James proves himself a convincingly sneering vocalist and a straightup guitar hero… Indonesian Junk’s crack musicianship is one of the band’s greatest pleasures.” MILWAUKEE RECORD

“The smooth vocals likewise project a disarmingly casual self confidence. The arrangements keep things tight and tuneful as well, with hardcrunching guitars, neatly percolating basslines, and mighty pounding drums merging together to create a sound that’s quite punchy and sinewy, yet still melodic… a surefire winner.” JERSEY BEAT

“They evoke the lecherous cockiness of ’70s fixtures like Alice Cooper and Kiss. Each of these 10 songs lands like an exhilarating punch to the gut.” SHEPHERD EXPRESS

“In a world full of squeaky clean, commercialized music, it’s great to hear an album which is really just a dirty rock n roll record. There’s a messy, throwaway feel to it, but it doesn’t cheapen the quality of the songs.” SOUL OF A CLOWN

“The best I’ve heard from them so far… The perfect driving drunk through some prairies at 4am style music… Give a call to your dealer, put this on, and tune out.” MAXIMUMROCKNROLL

“For those too young to have experienced a night at CBGB in Manhattan, I imagine that an Indonesian Junk show is probably the next best thing… You’ll hear elements of punk, glam, garage and heavy metal. ‘Shake It With You’, with its subversive overtones and sleazelike vocals is entirely engaging… ‘You Messed Me Up’ (is) an uptempo scorcher that will have you fist pumping and otherwise bouncing off the walls… More than any other band, these guys remind me of the (New York) Dolls.” CAROLINA POWER POP


“Three catchy tunes that combine songwriting elements of power pop, garage rock, and 70’s boogie rock. The hooks and choruses are there, but they’re matched with guitar heroics: the riffs and parts betray technical skill beyond the scope of most one chord garage pretenders. Someone here actually spent time learning how to play while you were posing in front of your mirror with your leather jacket and a tennis racket. High energy stuff.” MAXIMUMROCKNROLL

“Fun if you’re in the mood for dirty sounding rock n’ roll… This is cool. You can tell these guys have the right attitude… No frills. I could definitely see the closing track ‘Now That It’s Over’ going over well in a cramped basement with all the wasted attendees singing along” NO FRIENDS