These were squats that became part of a Housing Co-operative which saved them from destruction and the songs grew out of how it felt to live there during that time. Like its fabled counterpart, the Bermuda Triangle, this also seemed to be a place where you just might disappear - but it was here that the band Junta came into being, playing local festivals and gigs in London for a couple of years until real life got in the way.....Two of the original members are now rerecording the Junta tunes as the "Junta Company" 2.Junta formed in the midst of a local music scene overridden with the hardcore and emo sound everywhere one would turn. Through this, none of the band was angry enough or had tight enough pants to go for the hardcore breakdowns, whining lyrics, cliche choruses or emo powerchording. So, they just started playing whatever they wanted to, holding themselves to no boundaries and not really caring what people thought of them or what the songs were about.
No ideas were ever really tossed, unless the time signature was too absurd, and no feelings were ever hurt. All artistic windows were open, and all styles of music were attacked. Junta can be related to bands like Mr. Bungle, The Beatles, Dick Dale, Tally Hall, Gruvis Malt, Bach, Otis Redding, etc., covering most archetypes of musical genres maybe in one song, but definitely throughout an album.
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