D-juno Juno? Lucie, Gloria, Wallis and Ella emerged from seven months in hibernation, fresher than any royalty of Bel-air. In a short space of time they’ve transformed their sound and have recently released their hoppin’ new single ‘Tip of My Tongue’. We spoke to the gang about their new tune, upcoming shows and favourite band-name puns.
Words by Kellie Leaver
The Juno crew describes their bond as a four-way relationship. The girls agreed to ‘take it slow’ upon reuniting the band– as anyone in a four-way relationship should. But with months of bottled up ideas, they ignored their own advice and the product is a different sound for Juno and some new songs to match.
‘Tip of my Tongue’ veers away from Juno’s recognisable indie style with the addition of electronic backbeat and a spoken word section. Juno stays true to its roots with Gloria’s gooey vocals and Ella’s sharp strings. The girls’ evolving tastes in music was the stimulus to remove acoustic instruments and relieve the gap with light electronic sound. Juno are a fun bunch and they hope these new electronic beats will get the audience to shake their collective groove thang. Juno have also made a conscious decision to avoid acoustic sounds so they don’t limit their audience or the events they can perform at. Interestingly, songs are still composed with a guitar until they are later transformed in the studio. However with ‘Tip of My Tongue’, Juno deliberately began with penning a catchy chorus– a technique used to deviate from their established style.
Artists such as Chet Faker and Banks are informing the band. Lucie spoke in admiration of Chet’s ability to reconcile classically electronic sounds with powerful, emotive lyrics to create a warm, liquid sound. And in a way, Juno has tried to replicate the unification of these two contrary elements together in ‘Tip of my Tongue’. Vocals are still commanded by Gloria’s soulful voice, however with influences such as Banks –harmonies echo back and forth.
Another spanner was thrown into the works when Wally became involved in slam poetry nights. Her talent to write and orate slam poetry inevitably led to its integration into the Juno sound. The soothing lyrics, electronic rhythms and string sounds contrast each other and result in an effective backdrop for Wally’s spoken word in ‘Tip of my Tongue’. It is an impressive feat to combine dance beats, violin and two diverse vocal styles to form a cohesive song – and the girls should be commended for achieving just that in their first attempt. It is even more remarkable how Juno has pulled off an exploration into new genres, yet hung on to their existing indie sound.
The gals are always working hard on their musical exploits so keep your eyes and ears peeled for new Juno content (a little birdie told me something may be on its way very soon). Without being the kid who ruins the surprise at the surprise party, you can expect songs that fill the gaps between the old and the new sound and showcase their forthcoming direction. Beyond their impending releases, you can expect Wally to further unleash on the spoken word and dibbles and dabbles with loop pedals and larger string instruments. D’juno how excited we are?
Lace up your finest dancing shoes because Juno are debuting ‘Tip of my Tongue’ in its full glory and performing all your old faves at these upcoming shows. You lucky little things.
“Juno Reunited” at the Fringe
Friday 27 February 7pm at Hello, Yes
Friday 13 March 10pm at The Promethean
“She’s Artistic – Female Festival of Arts” at the Fringe
Friday 13 March 8pm at UniSA Westbar
Adelaide Uni O’Week
Tuesday 24 February, North Terrace Campus