Junius

Junius

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Characterized by spacey walls of guitar, driving rhythms and haunting vocal hooks, Junius blurs the line between dark New Wave and brooding cinematic art rock to form a genre-defining Post-Wave aesthetic.

Biography

Boston has long been known as a breeding ground for renowned political dissidents as well as mind-expanding sonic adventurists.Ê A legacy of great progressive labels (like Hydra Head, Tortuga and Big Wheel Recreation) and a harbor full of Earl Grey attest to that.Ê Carrying in that tradition is JuniusÑa rainy, Brit-inflected supernova of gigantic guitars, entrancing lights, and erudite lyrics, named after the pseudonym of an enigmatic late 18th century political critic.
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The New England coast was first illuminated by JuniusÕ sonic declarations on Friday, February 13, 2004 at a sold out show at The Middle East in Cambridge, MA.Ê Drawing upon influences as diverse as Failure, Hum, Sunny Day Real Estate, and The Cure, Junius electrified the rapt audience with the spellbinding walls of dreamy guitars and alluring lights that have continued to define the bandÕs signature aesthetic. Together with fellow Bostonians Seneca and Constants, they formed the core of the Radar Recordings collectiveÑa community of self-funded progressive artists founded in 2002Ñwhich filled a void left behind when the aforementioned labels uprooted and expanded to warmer climes.
Shortly after releasing their first EP, the Post Wave pioneers began a relentless touring regimen of multiple headlining and co-headlining North American tours to fan the flames of an already relatively blazing press.Ê Of the EP, Disclosure Magazine wrote, "One of the most engaging dark rock albums to come out since Joy Division last graced a stage."Ê Junius played over 200 shows in 2005 alone, and spent nearly 9 months on the road that year.

The songs which make up JuniusÕs self-titled album (Radar / S.A.F. Records) were recorded by Will Benoit (of Constants), and mastered by Nick Zampiello (Isis, Converge, Pelican, Cave In).Ê Hailed as ÒgeniusÓ by The Big Takeover, JuniusÕ work is borne of experiments in isolation and ascetism, including month-long stints in remote places including a storage facility in Texas, a farmhouse in Vermont, a cabin in Pennsylvania, and a small room in the swamps of Louisiana.Ê ItÕs this austere approach that adds a weighty foundation of authenticity to the members of Junius as credible artists.Ê Themes of forbidden knowledge, supernatural and extra-terrestrial phenomena, and religious mythology permeate singer Joseph E. MartinezÕs esoteric lyrics, while their music constantly pushes musical boundaries.

In addition to the release of the eponymous compilation, 2007 finds Junius as tireless as ever, with a new 7 inch (Radar / Anchorless Records), further touring, and plans to begin recording their next album, entitled The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist, this Fall.Ê The forthcoming record (co-produced and engineered by Tom Syrowski and Kevin Mills Ð AFI, The Bravery, Weezer), is based on the life of controversial scholar Immanuel Velikovksy.Ê Martinez, along with illustrator Matt Gauck, will also be releasing an accompanying graphic novel for the record.Ê JuniusÕ brutal itinerary extends well into 2008, with plans to hit Europe, Japan, as well as more North American dates to expand their already dedicated fan base.Ê Appearances on MTVÕs On the Rise and scores of ÒMost Anticipated AlbumÓ nominations have all but catapulted Junius to the forefront of the music worldÕs sight line.Ê With this self-titled release, as well as the impending Martyrdom of a Catastrophist, the spectre of Junius will loom heavier in the publicÕs mind than ever before.

- Jonathon Newby

Discography

"From The Isle Of The Blessed" CD single - 2004 self-pressed, stamped, and distributed.
1. from the isle of the blessed (demo version)
2. solvents (remix by Will Benoit)

"Hiding Knives" CD mini-single - 2004 Radar Recordings
1. hiding knives (edit)
2. from the isle of the blessed (demo version)

Forcing Out The Silence CDEP - 2004 Radar Recordings
1. [elan vital]
2. hiding knives
3. from the isle of the blessed
4. [elan fatale]
5. forcing out the silence

Tour EP - 2005 self-pressed and spray painted
1. hiding knives [edit]
2. blood is bright
3. persil (live @ WPRK - 03.10.05)

Blood is Bright CDEP - 2005/2006 Radar Recordings (the initial pressing of 1,000 copies was sold on tour in December 2005, and bears the copyright year 2005.Ê However, the CD had its official release in 2006, and subsequent pressings bear the copyright year 2006)
1. [the annunciation]
2. blood is bright
3. a word could kill her
4. in the hearts of titans
5. at the age of decay

The Fires of Antediluvia 33RPM 7" single - 2007 Radar Recordings / Anchorless Records
A. the fires of antediluvia
B. centurion

Junius CDLP / 12" 2xLP - 2007 Radar Recordings / S.A.F. Records
1. [elan vital]
2. hiding knives
3. from the isle of the blessed
4. [elan fatale]
5. forcing out the silence
6. [the annunciation]
7. blood is bright
8. a word could kill her
9. in the hearts of titans
10. at the age of decay
11. lost in basilica (digital/import-only bonus track)

"Keep Singing" a compilation to benefit Compassion Over Killing CD - 2007 Exotic Fever Records
- lost in basilica

Hiding Knives, From The Isle of The Blessed, Blood is Bright, A Word Could Kill Her, and At The Age of Decay have all received radio play.

Set List

Our current tour set varies from night to night, and averages 30-45 minutes, depending on the venue and time constraints.Ê A recent set list from our current tour is:

"birthrights by torchlight" (new song from forthcoming album)
"blood is bright"
"the fires of antediluvia"
"at the age of decay"
"hiding knives"
"a word could kill her"
"in the hearts of titans"
"forcing out the silence"

We don't play covers.