from Jambase March 12, 2008... link

by Stephanie Jacoby

Every once in awhile, one comes across a band whose music completely reflects their close relationships with one another, whose prose and overall ability is heightened by their history together, and whose sophomore album, Running Trains (We're Huge in Japan) (self-released) has the potential to make a rather large impact on folk's ears.

Born and bred in Boston, Family Junction is a local gem - a group of creative minds that have managed to not only produce their own CD but also an accompanying DVD as well. The audio portion starts with "Calypso Gentle Giant," an obvious reference to one of their influences that provides a short snappy intro to "Superhero Rejects," a relaxed jam that seeps into your head and allows you to get lost in the jazzy, funky undertone. It gradually builds to the final verse: "Alouicious so magicious / His decisions so ambitious," sung three times in a beautiful two-part harmony.

The DVD syncs up to the CD in the beginning then begins to switch songs out of order to compliment the video portion. The DVD is directed, acted in and produced by the band themselves, and each trippy skit segues into the next with a flying aloe plant, a bathtub full of egg yokes (dubbed "egg-istentialism") and a bevy of noses with moustaches dancing on a dining room table. It also features a series of video shorts, plus alternate angles and 3D viewing options. It's like Mr. Show with Bob and David meets MTV's Wonder Showzen, an orgy of sound, color and comedy.

"Ranger Stranger," the album's signature track, stars drummer-guitarist-bassist Matt Ross as the "creepy loner" in a trench coat and a pair of combat boots as he roots around the railroad tracks flashing people. This video literalizes the tune - slow and deliberate, black and white, and a bit sinister.

The sheer ingenuity of Family Junction's latest album is that it successfully marries jazz, funk and rock with humorous white-boy hip-hop a la "Aijah" and "Grandpa Al," an ode to elderly Jewish relatives. And it doesn't end there. They incorporate multiple instrument swaps, guaranteeing that each song will sound completely different than the next.

Outspoken advocates of Internet radio and new methods of music distribution, the band recorded a spoken-word poem about copyright infringement, read aloud and set to a bass and drum line in the last few minutes of the track "Bilward Back." Lyrics like "Copy left copy left / Soon there'll be no copies left / If art appreciation's intellectual theft," showcase the band's legitimate concerns about the darker side of file sharing.

Family Junction are the kind of guys you'd love to be friends with, to sit around and listen to them exchange instruments and jam with no end in sight. With many years of friendship and band-ship together, Running Trains (We're Huge in Japan) is nothing less one would expect from this "family" of talented, charismatic musicians.