Houston band Market Junction
Picture: Jason Allison
You know the way typically you’re having a struggle at residence, and so that you stroll out of the door to clear your head for a bit? Should you simply by no means stopped and wandered out into the unknown, then Market Junction’s third album, “Burning Bridges,” can be your soundtrack.
The Houston band has been a reasonably profitable nation dancehall act for years, however the members lately discovered themselves eager to get away from that designation in favor of a extra Americana strategy. That’s splendidly obvious on “Burning Bridges,” to be launched Aug. 7, which comes throughout far more like a misplaced traditional album from the late ‘60s than the electrical honky-tonk sound that’s so prevalent as of late.
“We had spent our early life as a band believing we needed to match into the Crimson Dust nation scene,” says entrance man Matt Parrish. “We cherished numerous the individuals and venues, however we don’t belong on these levels. We’re strolling away from all of the issues about ourselves that we’re realizing simply aren’t true.”
In keeping with the band, “Burning Bridges” is a file born out of trauma, together with ER visits, damaged hearts, and divorces.
“Should you work arduous on that you may get a very good couple information out of a divorce,” says Parrish with chagrin.
“Burning Bridges” opens nearly hesitantly with “When Your Coronary heart Begins to Ache.” Filled with lyrical Alanis Morrisette-style ironies, it’s sung like an individual whispering horrible truths about their life that they’re solely now beginning to notice. From there, it’s an album about journeying via dusty streets and throughout the nation from Texas to the West Coast.
“We’ve got all had conditions the place our lives had been turned the wrong way up,” says Parrish. “Once you undergo trauma, house is much less about geography and extra concerning the individuals who have chosen to undergo life with. With out them, you are feeling misplaced, displaced. You may hit play, saddle up with this character and stroll on the place you’re going.”
It’s a tragic file, little doubt. Although there are some joyful moments and some tracks that really feel extra like adventures than a penitent’s pilgrimage, the sluggish tempo and mournful vocals make it clear to a listener that this can be a ache exhibition. It’s bleak, however pleasantly so. Nothing proves that higher than they approach it ends.
The title monitor is a marvel, and simply essentially the most musically daring music on the album. It affords extra bodily launch than the remainder of “Burning Bridges,” however no catharsis. Guitarist Justin Lofton actually will get to point out off his ability in understated, however highly effective strains, and tops the entire thing off with an impact created by having him scream into his guitar’s pickups. Having walked with this character over the course of 10 songs, it doesn’t have a satisfying finish like conventional idea albums. It’s simply one other cease on the highway to hell.
“By the tip of the file, there’s no decision,” says Lofton. “He’s estranged and going loopy on the West Coast. He’s simply screaming out into the evening. I don’t know the place he goes. Finally, he’ll go someplace. Possibly we’ll discover out on one other album.”