Junro Interview: “One guy offered to tattoo us all for free.”

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Throwing Stones EP out now.

You know, in the future I do believe they will rename the era in which we find ourselves ‘The Age of Homogony’ such is the level of standardisation and niceness on offer these days. However, English genre busting outfit Junro are doing their darnedest to throw two fingers up at expectations and generally just go for it.

Their most recent EP Throwing Stones is a hodge podge of prog, metal, pop punk, and all kinds of things in between. Imagine if members of Faith No More hooked up with Coheed and Cambria to cover Blink 182 and you’re heading in the right direction.

We caught up with the group to ask them about their plans for a debut album, interacting with fans, and how they are like NSYNC.

Overblown: I have never heard the word ‘junro’ before. Where did the band name come from?

Junro: We NYSNC’d it. They’re all various letters from our names to form a new word. We’ve all been in and out of a lot of bands and agreed that coming up with band names is the worst. Someone eventually ends up hating it, so grab something quick and run with it. In hindsight something easier to pronounce maybe would’ve been better.

Overblown: When I listen to your music I hear all kinds of influences ranging from Faith No More to Coheed and Cambria to Blink 182. What is the strangest comparison you have received? Why?

Junro: A very intoxicated elderly gentleman at a bar said we sound like Ratt. I’m not sure I really hear it but I have a secret obsession with Warren DeMartini so I’m alright with it. But to be honest the Coheed comparison is usually the first one people say and none of us really listen to Coheed.

Overblown: Your debut EP Throwing Stones is out now. What is your favourite thing about the record? Least favourite thing?

Junro: I think so far my favorite thing about the record is how much people seem to be connecting with it. We get messages from people all the time telling us they love it or they want us to come play by them. One guy offered to tattoo us all for free. It’s cool to put so much work into something and be so proud you just finished it, then have see other people enjoy it too. But my least favorite thing is hearing it all the time. I did all the recording and mixing for the album, so I can’t hear it without nitpicking everything sonically.

Overblown: My favourite track on the record is ‘Better Than This’. That is some chorus. What inspired that song musically? And thematically?

Junro: Musically, I think I felt like we needed an album break. Maybe that’s the Ratt/hair metal inspiration but I always think a band needs a big ballad. But the the song is really about a point in my life where nothing was happening with me and everyone around me. I felt like we kind of settled into this lifestyle and every time we were okay with just doing nothing, I caught myself thinking, “Aren’t we better than this?”

Overblown: Your music must translate really well live. What’s your best memory of playing live?

Junro: We’re pretty early in our live show careers so they’ve all been a little frantic while we try to find our groove. Our EP release show was awesome and we’ve gotten to play with some pretty great bands so far. At this point it’s really about going out there and proving we love what were playing and we love playing it well.

Any live gigs on the horizon?

Junro: We’ve got a few coming up next month. There’s a gig at Fete Music Hall in Providence RI on the 14th and then one up in Somerville MA at the end of the month.

Overblown: What about a debut full length record? Have you been writing that? Can you give us any hints at a direction?

Junro: We are in the process of writing currently. We’re trying to shoot for mid next year for a full length. Directionally, I’m really trying to look at what worked well on the EP. I think people really responded to big heavy choruses and I love looking out at a live show and seeing people really get into those. Expect a whole bunch more on the next record.

Overblown: I think my other favourite track on the EP is the title track. Can you tell us anything about what influenced that musically, or thematically? Again, that’s a chorus and a half.

Junro: Musically, I think it’s our “metal” track. There’s a big breakdown and definitely more riffing from us than usual which I think plays nicely against some of the sort of poppy-er aspects of the song. We’re all huge progressive metal fans but we try to let it slip out in more subtle ways. Lyrically, I tried to mirror that with this kind of angsty sound. It’s about appreciating what you have but knowing sometimes you’ve gotta just start breaking things because it’s who you are.

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