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Junk Poet / Press

“‘Resurrection’ marks the return of powerful hard rockers Junk Poet Don’t call it a comeback. It’s a calling guided by fate. That seems to be the impetus behind the against-all-odds, triumphant return of Junk Poet, whose aptly titled new album, “Resurrection,” is as fist-pumping good to listen to as it was cathartic for the band to make. The band, whose reunion has been five years in the making, will celebrate the release of its first album in more than 15 years with an all-ages concert on Saturday, June 16 at People’s Court. “ It’s amazing. The magic is still there after all these years. There’s no feeling like it,” said bassist Paul Grau, 42. “I never imagined in my wildest dreams we’d get back together.””

“Q. This is Junk Poet's first album in more than a decade. What inspired it, and how has the process of making an album changed since the '90s? We hadn't talked for quite a few years, and we decided to get together and jam and see if we liked it. It went insanely well and we started writing again. We took our time on it. In the past we wrote stuff and threw it out there. As we've gotten older we knew what we were doing. Jay (Lyon, guitarist) worked for years to be a sound engineer and did the mastering and recording. So we did it all ourselves.”

“Whoever doesn’t think that hard rockers get better with age hasn’t heard Junk Poet’s triumphant return album, “Live.” Formed in 1994 by brothers Jay (guitar) and Rich (drums) Lyon, Joel Grau (bass) and Jon “FU” Fullerton (vocals), Junk Poet issued two Grunge albums in 1994 and 1996 (Slipknot opened for them in 1996) before various members exited and the band folded in 1998. Ten years later, the group’s members reunited to record this hard-hitting live album that finds them at the top of their game, if not better than 15 years ago. Just listen to the hard-hitting, throaty versions of “Creepy,” “Goop,” “Low” and the newest tune, “Two Steps,” to understand why Junk Poet’s return should serve notice to the local metal scene. Here’s hoping this is the beginning of a productive second act. CV”