A Q&A with junodream
Indie rock’s emotional future – here’s guitarist Dougal from junodream…
How did you get the title of your latest release, and what does it mean to you?
‘Eden Burns’ was inspired by the bushfires last year. There was an Australian town called Eden where the fires hit badly, and there was a terrible irony to it. We thought we’d write a song about it.
What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
The over-complicated time signature changes – we struggle playing at the best of times and this got us in a real muddle.
Who produced the release – what did they bring to it?
Tom Rea, aka Two-Eared Tommy, aka our lead guitarist. Tom’s produced a number of tracks for us and this has to take the bacon.
What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music?
A deep, painful pang of emotion straight to the heart. As if their whole world has been turned upside down and they don’t know if they feel good or bad. Something like that.
How does a track normally come together? Can you tell us something about the process?
We have been writing in isolation, sending ideas to one another and recording independently through lock down. It’s actually very conducive to a healthy writing relationship. Rather than all piling in on someone for their creative efforts, we can now do it over text which is much less intense.
What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why?
The Floyd, Spiritualized, Yo La Tengo, Beck, to name but a few. We like cathartic introspective songs so anything that fits loosely in that box, we’ll take it.
When the world is back to normal where would like to tour, and why?
America. It’s about time we broke the States.
If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why?
‘Galactica’/’Isn’t It Lovely to Be Alone’. They will speak to your soul and bring out all sorts of demons.
What ambitions do you have for the band/your career?
Release really good music often.
Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words?
Thank you for having us 🙂
junodream play Oporto Leeds on 15th April
For more info visit: facebook.com/junodreamband