Soul-Junk are one of those bands that are immensely difficult to keep up with. Incredibly prolific, they’ve released at least a dozen albums, and roughly 14 EPs. All of them are named after numbers, presumably years (mostly in the 1930s-1950s), but they don’t follow any logical sequential order. To make matters even more perplexing, often the LP releases have altogether different tracks or sequences from the CD versions of the same album. This is not to mention the way they float through styles and genres as if distinctions didn’t exist. Lo-fi indie rock, alternative worship, noise rock, punk, experimental hip-hop . . . it’s all there. Blatantly Christian from a lyrical standpoint, yet many of their releases have been on secular indie labels. Soul-Junk. Gotta love ’em.
Here’s “Junca De Sol Andromeda” from their 1953 album.
Soul-Junk’s release names are confusing, but there is a logic to them. Glen’s first album was 1950. Every album since then has counted up from there (1951, 1952, etc.) while his EPs have counted down from there (1949, then 1948, etc). I’ve got some of Soul-Junk’s albums, but 1953 is one of those gaps I still need to fill.
Yes, you are correct. I hadn’t forgotten that!
Oh, and 1953 is my personal favorite. IMO, it perfectly blend the noisy era that came before with the more melodic era, and it’s the first where he starts flirting with hip-hop.