Spotlight of the Week: Juggernaut Drunk

The debut album from local garage rock band Juggernaut Drunk was called "Stumbling From Jitneys," and featured plenty of references to the trio's home turf.

Its sophomore effort, "The Human Fight," has a broader reach for a wider audience, something lead singer Donny Stecs says reflects an ambition by the group to take their talents to the farthest extent.

For now, though, it's just a part-time job.

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"If there were ever an opportunity to pursue this for a job, it would be great," says Stecs, 33, of Absecon. "Right now, though, we're just happy making music. We're happy to still be writing songs."

The band of three Atlantic City High School alumni formed eight years ago. They wrote eight songs that first night together, and they have only become tighter over time.

Stecs says he can't quite describe their style of music, but he says he has been inspired by the songwriting of Tom Waits. The instrumentation bears elements of post-punk, but it isn't quite as aggressive at the band's name might indicate.

"It kind of throws people off," Stecs says.

As for the origin of the name itself, Stecs says that's something he'd rather not describe.

They will self-release their new 12-song LP in mid-June, and plan to continue playing throughout the Delaware Valley.

The band: Donny Stecs, guitar and vocals; Hugh Burnside, bass; Dave Freeman, drums.

See them live: Juggernaut Drunk will play at The Boneyard at 20 S. Virginia Ave., Atlantic City, 9 to 9:40 p.m. Friday, May 17, as part of the Elephants for Autism Festival, $10 cover.

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