Last year, Boise Weekly named John E. Combat and The Jungle Fucks' Pain Milk (self-released) one of the best local albums of 2015. It was a peculiar choice because Pain Milk is a digital-only release from a group that disbanded more than five years ago. It was a logical choice because Pain Milk is an exciting timeless record that combines the sludge-punk sound of Flipper with organ-driven frat-rock reminiscent of The Dave Clark Five and The Kingsmen. Also, this loose fun recording alludes to what must have been an awesome band to see live, creating a bittersweet listening experience for anyone who didn't see John E. Combat and The Jungle Fucks when they were active.
Fortunately for fans of music and the Boise rock scene, Jonathan "John E. Combat" Schoenfelder is back. The Jungle Fucks moniker has been dropped out of respect for former members and the new line-up, but expect the same distorted organ and face-melting music. Combat kicks off a short West Coast tour at Neurolux on Friday—hopefully the first of many Treasure Valley shows to come.