Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Junip Review (Tuesday June 8)
The night was not going well for anyone. While the Celtics were fumbling the ball away to the Lakers, 5 Swedes were fumbling around with their electronics at their first show in the states. While the Celtics were not able to get their act together, Junip was.
Imagine Jose Gonzales shot into what space looked like in the sixties, and you have Junip. It was complete with Johnny Quest jazz drumming (all ride all the time) augmented by a sweet rhythm section. Drizzled over that was some simple science museum synths and easy bass. And at the heart of everything was Jose and his nylon-string acoustic guitar bounced through reverb and echo.
Jose’s melodies were gorgeous, coupled with the drums- Junip was down right infectious. The crowd was put in to a cosmic trance- mesmerized- even the nail-biter occurring on the television at the back of the Great Scott could be ignored.
Junip’s set consisted mostly of their free ep (available here: http://www.junip.net/ ) and their upcoming full length. The last song of the set was a Bruce Springsteen cover of “The Ghost of Tom Joad” which didn’t come off as campy, rather it sounded gorgeous like the rest of the music. The shy Swedes even played an encore, which I’m pretty sure was well past Boston curfew.
If you have the means, I highly recommend seeing them, if not the EP will have to do.