|FROM THE NEW EP ‘ISN’T IT LOVELY (TO BE ALONE)’ COMING DECEMBER 6TH|
|“A searing alt-rock banger” – Wonderland |
“Sounding not unlike early Blur with touches of shoegaze, their impeccable songwriting has caused a storm of underground hype” – Clash
“Echoes of mid-1970s Pink Floyd and A Rush of Blood to the Head-era Coldplay on this gauzy, dreamy new track from the hugely promising London-based five-piece” – Sunday Times Culture
“I predict good things. They’ve made an EP that no-ones heard yet but it’s another step up…. Late Blur, bit of shoegazing. It’s in the lineage of great British music. Love it” – Felix White
Having played a sold-out headline show at the Bermondsey Social Club last night, rising London alt-rockers Junodream share their new single ‘As Far As I See’. It follows a host of support for the band from numerous new music champions including Phil Taggart at Radio 1, BBC Introducing, Radio X, Felix White, The Line of Best Fit, Clash and Wonderland. Meanwhile, playlist support from Spotify’s Hot New Bands and Deezer’s Hot Alternative have helped push their streams in excess of 3 million.
‘As Far As I See’ showcases a different side to Junodream than we heard with their recent tracks ‘Limiter’ and ‘Nobody Wants You’. Powered by a hypnotic beat and chiming keys, ‘As Far As I See’ progressively layers up its dramatic soundscape as it builds towards a soaring crescendo of guitars. And just as the song gradually unveils itself, Junodream have the confidence to let it organically drift back to silence. ‘As Far As I See’ touches on dream-pop, psychedelia and shoegaze without ever being constrained by one genre.
Frontman Ed Vyvyan’s vocal floats over the band’s performance, his carefully enunciated words contrasting with the simmering anger of the lyrics.
“It’s a song from the view of someone who’s been humiliated and wants to correct scores. But as they say, hate is a heavy thing to carry and ultimately leads nowhere. So it’s a bit of a loop; the character is back where he started and none the wiser” explains Ed.
‘As Far As I See’, ‘Limiter’ and ‘Nobody Wants You’ all feature on Junodream’s second EP ‘Isn’t It Lovely (To Be Alone)’, which follows on December 6th. While the track’s atmospherics vary dramatically, the songs are all thematically linked. They’re a collection of vignettes in the life of an ordinary young man, whose dedication to making the best of his position in life masks the turmoil that lies just under the surface. Think Gregor Samsa from Kafka’s The Metamorphosis dropped into a modern metropolis.
The topics that Junodream address are drawn from the band’s personal experiences. But they’re frustrations which are common amongst people in their early twenties: anxiety; the financial demands of debt and rent; lack of fulfillment at work; insecurity in relationships; and an overwhelming lack of control. It becomes a catch-22 situation: you’re constrained by the very things that you want to escape.
The ‘Isn’t It Lovely (To Be Alone)’ EP is available to pre-order or pre-save at https://backl.ink/IsntItLovely.
|Junodream are comprised of Ed Vyvyan (vocals), Dougal Gray (guitar), Tom Rea (guitar), Will Ryder (bass) and Jake Gidley (drums). The five old school friends formed the band on the back of a shared passion for alt-rock greats including Radiohead, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Beck, Pavement and Slowdive. After finishing university, they decided to share a small flat in Hampshire. It was an arrangement that paid dividends for their music. Away from the distractions of the city and constantly surrounded by each other, their sound quickly evolved into something distinctive.|
Now back in London, the band’s recent shows including gigs with The Magic Gang and Lazy Day plus sets at the Neverworld, Jigsaw and Wild Path Festivals. Their next gig with be at Live At Leeds’ Ones To Watch showcase at The Wardrobe on November 23rd.