Best Laid Plans
Junior Smalls is a strange one indeed. A musician formed through years of experiences so varied and polarized that even he struggles to understand how they all came together. With childhood fascinations ranging from Morrissey and The Smiths to Public Enemy; Dinosaur Jr. to N.W.A.; John 'Junior Smalls' Randall is an odd music machine to say the least. Spending most of his adolescence in Saint Louis, Mo, area punk and hardcore bands, Junior Smalls eventually found his way into hip hop production, most notably producing the majority of Afroman's (of 'Because I Got High' fame) new works. Junior pulled together long time friends John Kistner, Paul Lewellyn and Jason Schumaker to form his latest endeavor, Junior Smalls and the Criminals, a catchy collection of songs reminiscent of Lifetime and Saves the Day, thrown in a blender with The Descendents and 'Dear You' era Jawbreaker. With songs about life and all it's intricacies, irreverent odes to friends passed away, and nostalgic tunes about places dear to the memory, Junior Smalls and the Criminals want to bring you some music that makes you feel good about the strange journey that is, as Embrace put it, our 'dance of days.'