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Junea

Formed somewhere between 2004 and 2005, Junea is a band from Long Island, New York, that constantly pushes the boundaries of popular music. While it may have all began with one boy and his guitar, the group is now a far departure from its humble beginnings. "I wasn't really sure where any of this was going when it all started," states Mike Parrish, the group's front man and only remaining founding member. "I had always kind of messed around with some music by myself, but I never really let anyone hear any of it. I was too reserved about all of it, and I was definitely afraid of rejection. ...read more

Formed somewhere between 2004 and 2005, Junea is a band from Long Island, New York, that constantly pushes the boundaries of popular music. While it may have all began with one boy and his guitar, the group is now a far departure from its humble beginnings. "I wasn't really sure where any of this was going when it all started," states Mike Parrish, the group's front man and only remaining founding member. "I had always kind of messed around with some music by myself, but I never really let anyone hear any of it. I was too reserved about all of it, and I was definitely afraid of rejection. Once the fall of '05 hit, I was going through a tremendous amount of things in my personal life--I'm certainly not proud of any of them, but I began to take writing a little more seriously, and did it way more often."

While most bands today claim to write unique, different music than what's already out there, Junea seems to be one of the only groups to actually live up to its words. "I don't really think it was a goal to sound any different than anything, it's just kind of what happened. Personally, I've always stayed true to myself when writing music; write what you want to write, and how you want to write it. Don't force anything. That's really how our sound happened, I think. Everyone that's been around since the band's conception has had the same feeling towards things." Now in 2008, after a critically acclaimed, yet entirely scrapped full length (Everywhere But Home) that very few people ever got the chance to hear, the band is gearing up for a new start. "We've gone through some things, some major lineup changes, and a very long hiatus. Not all that many people know about us, I don't think, so there wasn't a crazy overwhelming response of 'where are you guys?' We did get a decent amount of questions, though. A lot of people thought we were still working on the dead record. This is going to be a big year for us, though. We're finally alive and kicking again, far from dead, and we promise we'll actually have a record out for you guys this time. Hopefully by this summer, if all goes well. We've got a few close friends of ours helping us out now, too. Bryan Vivona's going to be taking care of our merchandising direction, which will finally start up, and Jackie Tibbetts is going to be taking care of our booking. She's played a couple of shows with us, so I'm sure some people will know of her already."

This will also be a very different record for the band, according to Mike. "This is the very first time in the past 3 years that I've written a record with an entire band. I wrote all of our demos, and Kevin helped write a little bit on the LP, but all of us are giving our input equally this time. It definitely means it's less that I'll have to track on my own [laughs]. I seriously can't wait, though. This is where it all gets real for us." « hide

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Everywhere But Home
2007

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