When we last heard from Indonesian Junk, the Milwaukee power/glam/punk-rock outfit was celebrating the release of its debut, self-titled record. “True to form, there’s plenty of power-pop blood coursing through the veins of the Milwaukee group’s new self-titled record,” we wrote in 2016, “but it’s spiked with enough punk, glam, and sleazeball metal to make it a familiar yet increasingly rare type.”
That heady concoction is still present on the latest Indonesian Junk song, “I’ll Run Away,” though it’s given an extra push this time around by Shane Hochstetler and Howl Street Recordings. Singer-guitarist Daniel James, bassist Johnny Cyanide, and new drummer Mike Mattner sound appropriately snotty and pissy on the new track, spitting and sneering at a pace that’s both head-bopping and head-banging. After all, this is a band that takes its name from a Cheap Trick lyric, and whose original members (James and Cyanide) met at an Alice Cooper show.
Indonesian Junk’s next show is Saturday, June 17 at Bremen Cafe, playing in support of Highlonesome’s final performance. “I’ll Run Away,” meanwhile, is slated to appear on the group’s second album, due this fall on Rum Bar Records. Until then, listen to the track now, only at Milwaukee Record.