Old Time Relijun Lost Light

Old Time Relijun Lost Light
Throw that guitar-fuelled late ’70s funk punk sound against a wall so it explodes a little. The sound of the mess would probably remind you of Old Time Relijun — fucked, loose and sloppy. The band has been forcing you into disjointed zombie-style dance routines for a while now, and this time around, the contortions are a little more fluid. Although they do retain that signature K Records drive to do, rather than be, so the results come out more like bare, raw and garage-y than any of the fancy hyped dance punk that’s been spinning around recently. Collecting the strewn about notes and beats and tying them together into actual rock songs is not exactly an easy task, but if you succumb to it, you’ll be pleased. It takes the band a while to get started — the pieces of opening track "The Door I Came Through Has been Closed (But I Keep Trying)” are especially hard to pull together, but after the monster-jaunt of "Vampire Victim,” the band hit their slow psychedelic stride with the shout-along "Cold Water.” OTR’s only real shortcoming is probably how they translate to recording — this is certainly music you’d rather experience live and in front of you than on disc. (K)