JU­DI­CIARY

These vis­ceral metal­lic punks are kick­ing back against their po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment

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Amer­i­can hard­core has a long his­tory of po­lit­i­cal ac­tivism, but sel­dom has there been a more fit­ting time for a band like Ju­di­ciary to smash a few metaphor­i­cal win­dows. Roar­ing out of Texas with a sound that welds pitch-black metal­lic crunch with bursts of old-school fury, the Lub­bock crew are a fiery ri­poste to the en­trenched big­otry that they have seen all around them since child­hood.

“Liv­ing in a firmly red [i.e. Repub­li­can] state and a very firmly red re­gion of that state is 100% the rea­son Ju­di­ciary’s mes­sage and world­view is what it is,” states frontman Jake. “I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we were fed tons of the bull­shit that is the ma­jor­ity opin­ion around here and we were ex­pected to roll with it.”

Re­lent­lessly pun­ish­ing and blazing with right­eous anger, Ju­di­ciary’s de­but al­bum, Sur­face Noise, is a glow­ing ad­vert for the rude health of the Texas hard­core scene. As Jake ad­mits, en­light­ened Amer­ica’s re­newed bat­tle with deeply en­trenched but wholly de­struc­tive opin­ions has pro­vided plenty of lyri­cal am­mu­ni­tion.

“You can see how much that in­flu­enced us and fuelled us,” he says. “Sur­face Noise is the­mat­i­cally based on our frus­tra­tions with Amer­ica and the world around us. It ad­dresses the ab­hor­rent na­ture of the racist, ho­mo­pho­bic and big­oted peo­ple that still very largely ex­ist in this world. Lyri­cally, I tried to cap­ture how in­sane to me it is that these peo­ple ex­ist and how sat­is­fy­ing it would be to shut them up!”

Bol­stered by vo­cal cameos by members of Knocked Loose, Moral­ity Rate and God’s Hate (whose frontman Brody King is also a pro­fes­sional wrestler: “How sick is that?” notes Jake), Sur­face Noise is a bru­tal re­minder that heavy mu­sic can and pos­si­bly should play its part in the pur­suit of a bet­ter fu­ture. For Ju­di­ciary, the ver­dict is sim­ple: don’t be a dick.

“I don’t know if I’d call us a nec­es­sar­ily ‘smart’ band, but I don’t think it’s very hard to be good peo­ple in a band that ex­ists in a dumb world,” Jake con­cludes. “It’s not hard to not be a piece of shit, you know what I mean?”

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