José González is describing the entire process – writing, recording, life – that went into the creation of Junip, the self-titled album from the band he fronts alongside drummer Elias Araya and keyboardist Tobias Winterkorn, (Mute Records) . “All the ups and downs were very ‘Junip,’” he adds, “so titling it with our name seemed appropriately iconic. It’s truly a band album.”
The distinction is important in Junip’s case, whose evolution has been a long, strange trip, indeed. The group actually formed in 1998 in Gothenburg, Sweden, but Junip didn’t actually release its acclaimed first album, Fields, until 2010. That delay stemmed largely from the success of González as a solo artist. The renowned singer-songwriter found international acceptance with his individual albums, 2003’s Veneer and 2007’s In Our Nature, which went on to sell over a million albums worldwide.
Just as with the first album, Junip was recorded in the trio’s rehearsal space over the course of a year, self-produced by the band with help from Don Alsterberg (sound guru to artists like Soundtrack of Our Lives, International Noise Conspiracy, and Graveyard). The song “Villain” proved to be a breakthrough, with a tribal garage-rock stomp, fuzzed-out analog bass line, and electro-pop synths contrasted by a spooky, subtly sinister vocal. Says González about “Villain”, “We weren’t concerned about noise, or being too distorted or musically correct. It was about vibe, – it didn’t matter what we did, as long as it felt good.”
Ticket price is $15.00 general admission (standing) & 30.00 (reserved box seating) and are available at the Knitting Factory box office (day of show) and Cal-Neva Casino Main Cashier Cage 24-Hours a day. You can also get tickets at Recycled Records, or by calling 866-468-3399 and online at www.Ticketweb.com or www.KnittingFactory.com.
Doors at 7:00 pm, Show at 8:00 pm.
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