As most of us spent 2020 in lock-down, London based Stoner Rock outfit, Orbital Junction were hard at work recording and releasing new music. The year culminated with their debut album, “Egos and Instincts.”
The band cite their main influences as Orange Goblin and Queens of the Stone Age, and, immediately, you can hear the inspiration. The guitar heavy “Earthmover” harks back to the classic days of Desert Rock with an air guitar picking, ear worm of a chorus. Big Corrosion of Conformity vibes.
The pace slows down for “Green Man”, a nice break from the two tracks previous and a very well crafted tune. Debut albums can often bring a lot of varied material. Songs are usually written over a long period of time, perhaps from the group’s inception, and are often free from outside filters (See “Record Company”, “Management”). This is a track that is just different enough to the rest of the album to not sound out of place. This is a track the band should be proud of.
“Queen of Mean” picks up the tempo with a strong groove. The half time bridge is a standout moment and it grabs your attention right in time to hear some terrific drum fills at the song’s close.
“6ft2” is the only song on the album that was previously released on their 2018 self titled EP. Some obvious refinements have taken place – a bass intro now kicks off the song instead of the fuzz guitar in the older version. This album version also benefits from a much better mix and shows the band have tightened in their playing.
The joint toking, “Addict” and an incredibly heavy “Creep” close out the album. The two tracks are vastly different from each other but work well to stop any chance of the album becoming a tired listen. It is very much far from that status. An honourable mention goes to the fade out closing the album on a groove laden jam.
The album as a whole is very guitar heavy, keeping in style with the great desert and stoner rock bands of the early nineties. Drums may get lost in some parts of the mix, however in a live setting, these songs are a mosh inducing surety. Let’s all hope we get the chance.