Canadian pop-punk act Junior Battles have released a brand-new music video for the song “Bunk” off their upcoming sophomore album, Rally. The video was premiered on NOISEY and can also be seen on YouTube!
Rally, which drops on May 27 via Paper + Plastick Records, is now available for preorder on vinyl via the label’s webstore. The variants are Stanley Cup Silver w/ Center Line Red Splatter and White, Goal Crease Blue and Center Line Red Tri-Color.
The band has a few dates left on its tour with The Flatliners and recently played Pouzza Fest – check out some photos from their set via Toronto publication Aesthetic Magazine!
Junior Battles – Rally
May 27, 2014
Paper + Plastick Records
Preorder Vinyl / Digital / CD
1. (You Will Score The Winning) Goal
2. Rafts [STREAM]
3. Three Whole Years
4. Bunk [VIDEO]
5. Believe It Or Not, George Isn’t At Home
6. Every Town
7. TPS Reports
8. Assholes on Rollerblades
9. 27th Floor!
10. Architecture II: Future Music for the Children of the Future
11. (You Are Very Good At) Sports
More about Junior Battles:
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Members: Joel Dickau (drums, vocals), Sam Sutherland (vocals, guitar), Justin Taylor (bass, vocals), Aaron Zorgel (vocals, guitar)
Junior Battles like the following: ‘90s CanRock, the Back to the Future trilogy, old pop-punk, The Wire, post-hardcore, and the works of Mike Judge. Rally is their second full-length and best attempt to assimilate all their interests into one listenable place.
Formed in 2007, Junior Battles was the unexpected offspring a successful off-off-Broadway musical version of Jaws (but really, Google it). Sam and Aaron took hours of harmonic practice and paired it with good buds and a mutual affection for the Alkaline Trio discography – seven years later and the only thing that’s changed is the guitar parts, which are slightly more complicated.
Rally comes three years after their full-length debut, Idle Ages – they toured it, killed their van, lost money and got more reliable jobs. Without intending to write another album, Rally came out of intermittent writing sessions for an EP that quickly turned into something bigger – the accidental result of enjoying hanging out with your friends and realizing you still have a lot you want to say.
Recorded by longtime friend and producer Steve Rizun at Drive Studios in Toronto, Rally expands on the band’s long-standing attempt to bring their other influences into the frame of pop-punk. While still rooted in Punk-o-rama comps and all ages shows, there’s more Constantines than Descendents to songs like “Rafts” and more 54-40 than Dickies to songs like “Bunk.” When it came time to give a name to this new collection of songs, sports surfaced as a recurring metaphor and thematic bookend, a way of reflecting ecstatic highs and crushing lows. The word “rally” captured that – triumph that could just as easily have been defeat.
At this point, Junior Battles will probably be a band forever.
For Fans Of: Superchunk, None More Black, Unwound
Etc: Sam wrote a book called Perfect Youth: The Birth of Canadian Punk. Aaron makes beats under the name space_camp. Justin produces Video Clerk, a show about horror movies with Wade MacNeil from Alexisonfire and Gallows. Joel has a master’s degree in the history of jars, we think
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