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Junkyard Live Show Review Ralph’s Rock Diner Worcester, MA

Junkyard Live Show Review

Ralph’s Rock Diner

Worcester, MA

September 28, 2018

By Nina McCarthy

Photos by Michael LaFleche





Described as a “rock and punk and roll band,” Junkyard was formed Los Angeles in 1987 and continues to rock across the US.  Current members include one of the founding members and vocalist David Roach, Tim Mosher and Jimmy James on guitars, bassist Todd Muscat (who wasn’t able to make this trip), and Patrick Muzingo, also an original member, on drums.  Most people think of the hit single, “Simple Man” when they hear the name Junkyard, but oh, they are so much more.  But first, let’s start at the beginning of the night.


Opening the night was Albany NY’s sleaze, punk, classic rock and rollers, The Erotics.  I had heard of these guys many times, but this was actually my first time seeing them live. With more than seven releases, and ten US & European tours under their belts over the past decade, and songs placed in many major TV network, I took my place up front and was looking forward to my initiation.  They were absolutely everything I love about down and dirty punk rock with songs like, “This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,” “Rock n Roll Killing Machine,” “Last of the Rock n Roll Mother Fuckers,” and the concluding song was the best song of the night, literally, that was the name, “The Best Song of the Night.”


Worcester’s own, Demon’s Alley were next.  I knew and had seen frontman, Pink play acoustic but had never had the full band experience, which I was excited to finally observe.  Less punk and more sleaze rock, I could see why they had been described by some as “Bowie singing for Motley Crue.”  This group has opened for bands like Sponge, Dizzy Reed (GnR), and 80's hair-metal sensations L.A. Guns, Bang Tango and Pretty Boy Floyd.  With songs like “Dirty Girl,” “Dope City,” and brand new one, “Devil Man,” I found myself entranced in the lyrics and enjoying the energy that erupted before my eyes.


Two bands down and I was already getting tired and sweaty and was excited to see my friend’s in a band that I was very familiar with, drunk punkers The McGunks.  This trio, leaving no time for applause, powered through their 15 song set.  I always enjoy singing along with their songs, “Monday Morning,”  “Who’s Laughing Now,” a Supersucker’s cover of “Pretty Fucked Up,” and “Working on Another Hangover.”  Who can listen to this without having a cold one and singing the easily memorable choruses with them?


Now for the reason we were all at Ralph’s this rainy Friday night.  As soon as The McGunks, sang their final note, the diehard Junkyard fans, clad in their vests and back patches and shirts, rushed to the front.  Gary Ivins covered for Muscat on bass for these two New England dates, that included this Worcester show, and the following night in Maine.  The set started with “Life Sentence” to get us warmed up, if the packed venue wasn’t already from the three bands that preceded.  Also a 15 song set, covering a little off each of their 3 CDs, we were rocked to the core with favorites like “Simple Man,” “Misery,” “Blooze,” and ending with “Hollywood,” before an encore of “Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers.”   The energy was explosive, both from the stage and the audience.  After a little over half the set, I stepped away from the front to get a different view from the back.


I had interviewed David Roach a week prior in promotion for this show.  He stated that the live show is like “a pinball machine on amps and Budweiser;”  the perfect description of what I witnessed! Junkyard’s songs are about life in general, which keeps them timeless. They don’t tour too heavily, although they were off to Europe soon, so “if you have a pulse and like rock and roll, than you should get out and see Junkyard live!” said Roach in our discussion.


After the set, the band was available to sign merchandise and and take pictures and chat with the fans.  I introduced myself to Mosher, who also took me to meet Roach.  The guys were really friendly and we had a brief photo shoot together.  A perfect night of punk, sleaze, and good ol’ rock and roll, well worth the 3:30am arrival at home.



Full photo galleries of each band can be seen at: https://www.chillcat.studio/

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