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In the Spotlight (from England!): Junip

By John Farrey posted Feb 22, 2011 at 04:32 PM

“What are your origins?” asked the skinny Italian, pressed against the crowded bar at a cheeky Shoreditch Pub. His asymmetrical haircut was glued perfectly in place, poised for a night out in East London. “WHAAT?” I replied, leaning in closer. “Do you have any origins?” he said, “Or are you just…American.”

“What are your origins?” asked the skinny Italian, pressed against the crowded bar at a cheeky Shoreditch Pub. His asymmetrical haircut was glued perfectly in place, poised for a night out in East London. “WHAAT?” I replied, leaning in closer. “Do you have any origins?” he said, “Or are you just…American.”

In London, everyone has origins. Welsh, German, Ethiopian, anything is fine as long as you have something to claim. Jose Gonzalez is Argentine-Swedish. His origins influence his music with latin guitar virtuoso and syrupy vocals befitting a mound of Swedish pancakes. I think it’s safe to say that Gonzalez could have answered the Italian’s question with demonstrable East London street cred.

I recently got the chance to see Gonzalez’s band, Junip, perform at Scala Lounge in London.  The venue was pretty packed in with a healthy mix of Hoxton hipsters and bridge and tunnel folk. It had a nice vibe overall and seemed like a decent starting place for Junip’s European tour. The show began with an amusing disaster. As Tobias (synth and organ) rushed across the stage to make a quick adjustment to the monitor, he caught his foot on a cable and BAM! face-planted into the stage. He was alright, so we were allowed to laugh (although I probably would have anyways)

Aside from the accident, the show was absolutely flawless. Each band member was totally in synch with the others. It was like they had some sort of weird Swedish telepathy where they could flawlessly transition from song to song without so much as a glance. I’m a complete sucker for Gonzalez’s vocals, and hung on each and every lyric.

In execution, the show was perfect, but I kept feeling that something was missing. The show didn’t really stand out in any way, it just sort of happened. It missed the magic of a live performance. I feel like there is so much behind Junip’s music that can be expressed, but I didn’t get any of it in person. Could it be that my “just American” origins prevented me from understanding what Junip was really about? Is my vision too clouded with stars and stripes to see the true magic of a Junip show?

 Junip is heading stateside this summer for Bonaroo. If you think you have the origins to handle these boys, the show is definitely worth checking out.









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