Juniore / Thur 3rd March 2022 / Gorilla


Thu Mar 03 2022 at 07:30 pm to 10:30 pm


Gorilla | Manchester, EN

Juniore \/ Thur 3rd March 2022  \/ Gorilla
The “yéyé noir” of Juniore has always been rooted in the cinematic as much as the musical. The Paris outfit’s blending of 1960s French pop, hazy psychedelia, seamless pop, surf grooves and lush orchestration feels as intertwined with big screen aesthetics as greatly as it does being found in the grooves of vinyl. So it makes perfect sense that the band would sooner or later find themselves appearing on more film and TV soundtracks, including the universally lauded drama Killing Eve.
It marks a period of continuous upward trajectory and forward momentum for the band who, since the release of their acclaimed 2018 album Magnifique, have been exposed to more people all over the world via stages, screens and the airwaves (Panique was A Listed on BBC 6 Music – a first for a French speaking band). From playing huge venues to thousands of people opening for the likes of the Dandy Warhols, to “corners of dive bars with duct tape holding the stage together” the band have been solidifying their sound, approach and relationship by playing extensively. “We’ve become more connected and better musicians,” Says the band’s songwriter and singer Anna-Jean. “I think the new songs are full of that wonderful conversation we have with each other on stage.”
While that cross-pollination between sultry, sophisticated pop and good-time energy and vibrancy is certainly present, there’s also a wealth of other touching points that underpin the record. So much so that Anna-Jean says of the themes that run through the album: “It’s a mix of everything we have loved and watched and felt in the last few years. It's like a laboratory of feelings – not really my or our feelings but more universal feelings and emotions – it's like a nonsensical Frankenstein’s laboratory." However, as fun as this record is, much like its predecessor, there's an underlying lyrical message that remains a key part of the band’s identity as they push forward equality-based principles. “It's the same as we've been trying to state since the beginning,” Anna-Jean suggests. “The importance of being independent, of counterculture, humour and poetry. Of not taking ourselves seriously but being very serious about it and fighting against sexism, ageism, racism, consumerism – all the worthwhile fights.”
“Imagine the scene in an imaginary Dario Argento movie, where the characters stumble into a freaky late night 60s night club and the band are playing some fierce garage pop on the stage. Juniore would probably be that band" Vive Le Roq
"Dream pop troupe Juniore are all A Bout De Souffle cool and ghoulish B52s keys made only more noir by the bass player purely decked out in a black reaper get up" Line of Best Fit
"Mixing 60's psychedelia with country & western & chic pop, Jean has crafted an absolute gem. It's groovy, trippy and addicting. Jean takes us on a glorious horseback ride to an inviting oasis” Revue
"Fantastic, really fantastic" Stuart Maconie, 6 Music
"A high energy blast of bass 'n' organ garage-pop. Deliciously catchy - the whole thing sparkles with real energy & inventiveness" Shindig
"Frontwoman Anna Jean’s girl-gang come close to perfecting a formula that sees post-punk rhythms infiltrate the classic vocal styles of Francoise Hardy and Frances Gal, the explorative pop orchestrations of Serge Gainsbourg and playful retro-futurism via surf-rock riffs and the power of French new wave acts like Electric Callas and Marquis De Sade" DIS
"Juniore have created a universal aural language from the pop history of their French homeland. Their self-coined ‘yéyé noir’ sound merges the classic stylings of 60s French pop, from Francoise Hardy to Serge Gainsbourg, surf-rock and retro-futurism, with post-punk rhythms and the quirky humour of the country’s new wave scene" DIS
"Described as a ‘french girl band of sorts’ by Drowned In Sound, Juniore mix French 1960’s cinematic sounds with fuzzy psychedelic rhythms. The bands songwriter and singer Anna Jean provides classic, alluring vocals that are reminiscent of Francoise Hardy and Frances Gal. The band has already opened for the likes of The Dandy Warhols and have also had their tracks featured on cult TV show, Killing Eve" GigsNorthEast
"An escapist gem... Juniore’s cinematic yet understated psychedelia provides much-needed opportunity for escapism in these turbulent times, and allows us to dip our toes into a world where all that matters are happenin’ hooks and rad riffs. Merci pour ça, Juniore. Bientôt!" Line of Best Fit
"Paris outfit Juniore excel in the art of aural seduction, crafting their hypnotic tunes from the pop history of their French homeland" Counteract
“Beautifully honed melange of lustrous retro pop, slick ‘60s surf and light yet immersive psychedelics bearing all the hallmarks of a group settled and set on perfecting their craft” Narc

Where is it happening?

Gorilla, Gorilla. Arch 54/56 Whitworth Street West, Manchester, United Kingdom

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