eugene francis jnr & the juniors

eugene francis jnr & the juniors


Eugene Francis Jnr makes folktronica. He has assembled a beatnik-supergroup called 'The Juniors' <> They are musically gifted, liberal humanists >< They also happen to be the best dressed band to emerge from the UK in the last 77 years x


EUGENE FRANCIS JNR and the juniors

The history:

On March 8th 1977 at 8.13am Eugene Francis Jnr emerged into our world, for 2 reasons

a. to make music
b. so that ‘International Women’s Day’ would be officially recognised

9 months earlier it is believed that a chivalrous, Apache Indian made love to an exquisite, Inuit Eskimo under the timid Welsh sun. The couple were very much in love but also very much in hiding.

They travelled with Eugene from continent to continent, in search of work and enlightenment. They were stubborn nomads, who in turn raised an unshakable hippy…but their taste in music was impeccable

Eugene Francis was raised on Country, Blues and Folk Music, although when he misbehaved his parents made him listen to 80’Synth-Pop or Ambient.

After returning to London to study the stars and the planets at University, Eugene Francis decided to capitalise on being in the nation’s capital and got busy playing in as many different bands as possible:

Eugene Francis played and wrote songs in ‘the fantastic super foofs’ (releasing 3 singles ‘bilo boss’, ‘devan endo’ & ‘timmy zuckermann’ on Floating Toast / Fuzzbox) which were championed by Lamacq and Sir John Peel for there loungey melodies. Their lack of musical depth however, meant that they also lacked record sales.

Eugene Francis played and wrote songs in ‘kaptainblack’ (releasing one album ‘in fertility’ on Mighty Atom) which was saluted in Europe as gravel-throated ‘Blunktry’ music. However, it didn’t take long to find its way quickly and surely to the discount bin of most UK independent stores.

Eugene Francis got paid to play and write songs with ‘dirty perfect’ (releasing one EP and one single ‘quarterback hairdo’ on Sound Foundation Recordings) which was giving the thumbs up by teenage girls and boys. However, in his own words ‘the publishing salary and the novelty of having a GPS in the van outshone the experience itself.’

Bored and fed up. Eugene Francis packed his little, junior guitar, and some threads and headed off to America on a Kerouac. During a late lock-in @ The White Horse Tavern (NYC) under the watchful eye of Dylan Thomas. Eugene Francis was enlightened by a friend who told him to move away from the pop-rock music he had been making and look for something to call his own.

Up to the challenge Eugene Francis headed back home to the Welsh Hills to start work.

Just like the construction of chitty-chitty-bang-bang, he disappeared to work on his project behind locked doors. He emerged 4 months later holding in his hand the proposed album ‘The Golden Beatle’ and the word ‘Folktronica’ would never be the same.

Now he needed a band, to reproduce the layers of instruments and percussion…

Not just any old band, an elite band, a concept band: ‘The Juniors’

Drawing from some of the best bands / musical individuals of the current Welsh Music Scene (Lindsey Leven, Llion Robertson, Manchuko) Eugene Francis Jnr has assembled a democracy, which he calls ‘a harmonious, beatnik-supergroup’

And now they plan to take over the world, this one and the next

With Poor Me / Kites being the double A-side Ltd Edition Vinyl. and the album 'The Golden Beatle' released in July 2008, this could be the year where even the heavens will hear about ‘Eugene Francis Jnr and the juniors’ x


Poor Me

Written By: Eugene Francis Jnr

ah-oo-oo ....

it starts here now _ spread the love round, its not a story of when boy meets a girl, more like a story boy encounters world and its a peace song, friends may you live long _ our days our numbered we must celebrate _ i lived the best day of my life today

so come on <> hold on >< so come on <> hold on

stand on your own feet now _ scream your lungs out, its not the gravity thats pulling you down, more like the demons living underground, may your light shine _ liberate minds, i favour tigers but i celebrate cowards _ dont want a world where religion is power

so come on <> hold on >< so come on <> hold on

and i dont know what to do, when i'm not here have faith in all you do _ and i hope you'll sing along, cos when it feels this right tell me how it can be wrong

ah-oo-oo ....

savour POOR ME _ your home is where your happy, i want my freedom and i question your ways _ i built an army in a matter of days, please let me go _ search for your own halo, stand up be counted with the poor and the true _ those sat on fences .... bigger me <> smaller you

so come on <> hold on >< so come on <> be strong x


Poor Me / Kites - double a-side single x

The Golden Beatle - Debut Album x

Set List

I'm Maculate, Beginners, My Own Pollution, Savour, Kites, Hobo Occupation, Poor Me, Mistakes I Have Made x