Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Slut Junkies at Tammany Hall

The Slut Junkies briefly performed at New York and New Jersey bars in 2002-2003, then split apart. Lead singer Jurgen "Azazel" Munster reassembled a new line-up in 2010, and the band has continued to experience personnel changes, but the current five-piece performed at Tammany Hall tonight. Munster was still the ham of the band, with his top hat, leather pants, leather wristbands, aviator sunglasses, sideburns and attention commanding movements. Nevertheless, the band should not be discounted; the rock steady drummer gave the rhythm a full sound rather than a simple beat, and the lead guitarist offered some impressive fret work. The band’s musical style is not easy to niche, except to say that it is hard driving rock and roll, perhaps a throwback to late 1970s glam rock. It will be interesting to see how this music fares in today’s indie-dominated bar circuits, as the Slut Junkies perform an alternative to alternative music.