Joseph Barjack

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"Question authority, then ignore it!" is the motto of this feisty greater Boston one-man punk/folk/noise machine. Like his previous Puzzle Factory and After Dark EP, this four-tracker won't set limits: two protest folk songs, one ripping punk smash, and the appropriately titled "Noise Rock for the Ladies," a post-Sonic Youth art damage instrumental you can't tell is serious or (more likely) a pisstake. Barjack wants to destroy bland conformity and sheep-like lambs-to-slaughter obedience, and make everyone as individualistic and intelligent as he, which would be no bad thing. He's a one-man Bad Religion (although he should have included his fine cover of their "Slumber" here) on the standout "Mechanized," which is 1977 punk like X covering the Pagans.