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Album Review

An amicable nine-song EP that feels is as if it was turned around in a day (and, considering J Church's ability to churn out about 30 songs a year, that very well may be the case), Precession doesn't tread new ground, incorporating the same semi-lo-fi sensibilities to ever-impressive pop-punk songwriting. Numbers range from the midtempo roll of "Jennifer Jason Leigh" to the anthemic "Fascist Radio," but the real keeper here is the ferocious and defensive "Why I Liked Bikini Kill," about as angry as this trio gets. Still, at a relatively brisk 22 minutes, this one may be best left to diehard fans, despite the solid material.


Formed: 1991 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Prolific San Francisco punk-pop trio J Church was formed in 1991 by singer/guitarist Lance Hahn and bassist Gardner Fusuhara, longtime friends who previously teamed in Cringer. Named in honor of a local bus route, the group went through a series of drummers before and after the 1993 release of their full-length debut, Quetzalcoatl; the album was quickly followed by Camels, Spilled Corona and the Sound of Mariachi Bands, a collection of early singles. Upon completing 1994's Prophylaxis, J Church added...
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