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rock band: JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ’s Junip

April 26th, 2010 by Giselle

who doesn’t love an argentine-swede? i caught josé in concert a bunch of times while living in LA and heard various women in the audience actually swoon sigh in joy at the sight of him (singer sia was also there). it is hard not to fall for him. i also got to interview the musician and he told me he still records his new songs first on a dictaphone, gotta love that. now comes news he’s got a rock band. here they are recording in the studio (not on a dictaphone), and here’s news from his people:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INTRODUCING JUNIP

JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ-FRONTED ROCK BAND
SET TO RELEASE RECORDS AND TOUR

NEW SONG AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN TOUR DATES CONFIRMED FOR SPRING
Junip was formed in Gothenburg, Sweden, in the late ’90s by José González (guitar, vocals), Elias Araya (drums) and Tobias Winterkorn (organ, moog). Their first 7″ came out in 2000 and they self-released the Black Refuge EP in 2006. RCRDLBL distributed the single “Chickens/Azaleadalen” in 2009. Junip has periodically gathered together and recorded when schedules permitted, but this is the first time the members will focus exclusively on the band. An EP and full-length will be released in 2010 with Mute in the US and Canada, City Slang in Europe, Shock in Australia and Ultra-Vybe in Japan. Global touring will commence this spring. A short American tour has been confirmed to start on June 8th in Brooklyn, NY, ending in Seattle on June 19th. The touring band will add two members.

Says González about the band: “We are really happy to have had the time to write and record these songs and now are excited to have the opportunity to play them live.”

Junip is now offering a first listen to their new music with a free download of the song “Rope and Summit” here

Their sound can be familiar to those who have listened to González’s critically acclaimed records, but added to the mix on top of his nylon stringed guitar and distinctive voice are organs, synths and drums. The songs are often dynamic, melodic and shadowy.

The tour dates are below:

May
28 Barcelona, Spain Primavera Sound Festival

June
8 Boston, MA Great Scott
9 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory
10 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
12 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall
13 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
16 Los Angeles, CA Eagle Rock Arts Center
18 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop
19 Seattle, WA Vera Project

July
21 Nijmegen, The Netherlands De Affaire Festival
23 Gent, Belgium Boomtown Festival

August
12 – 14 Rees-Haldern am Niederrhein, Germany Haldern Pop Festival
12 – 14 Gothenburg, Sweden Way Out West Festival
15 Leicester, UK Summer Sundae Festival

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