Juniper Avenue – ‘Chuck Rock’


North Carolina rockers Juniper Avenue showcase an exciting energy throughout their new album Chuck Rock, exuding a youthful charisma with nostalgic alternative and punk-rock inspirations.

The band’s sophomore album, following 2020’s self-titled release, Chuck Rock kicks immediately into an onslaught of infectious rock excitement. “Everything Must Go” is propelled by a shout-y vocal ferociousness and loose-flowing guitar ardency. “What do you think my hair? I don’t think anyone gives a fuck,” the vocals let out, capturing the punk-friendly, no-damns-given ethos — resonating aptly with the impassioned rock sound, elevated by a surf-y vocal reflection here around the mid-point.

The album’s title track is another thriller. “I can’t give it away,” the vocals howl amidst the steady guitar propulsions. The unbridled vocal passion does the heavy lifting, variation-wise, in the first half. The dizzying guitar-laden excitement thereafter fully envelops, pushing forth a swampy blues-tinged character into the conclusion.

Also notable, “Bumfuzzle” expresses a more debonair vocal lead, escalating into bouncy piano and sweltering guitar with a classic-rock vintage charm, approaching the two-minute turn. “I’ve been thinking,” the vocals express thereafter, emitting a crisper composure comparative to some tracks’ more punk-friendly raucousness. Chuck Rock is a satiating, exciting rock onslaught from Juniper Avenue.

The album’s title track and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of June 2023’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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