MUSIC NEWS SCOTLAND - One’s To Watch - Feature: JUNO!
Describing this month’s One’s to watch – Juno, superlatives fly off the tongue.
Juno is undoubtedly, the happiest, liveliest, coolest, cheekiest, warmest, most fun band in
Glasgow. With members from Fife, Glasgow and even Tokyo, Juno is a band that can truly
claim to be International. Four core members - swelling to a mammoth eight when all part
time collaborators join in, Juno are a spectacle on stage.
Boasting collaborations with part time member, the lovely, quirky – Manda Rin (formerly of
Bis, who were one of the first unsigned bands to ever get a top 40 hit). It’s no surprise Juno
Vs Manda Rin is a highly acclaimed project. The band ended the year on a high with their
collaboration “These Boys Are Athletes” (released on Oxford’ renowned, ultra cool, Shifty
Disco outfit), ending up on every top ten single list across the UK.
Live beats, samples, an array of electronic toys and an arsenal of percussive instruments.
It’s almost mandatory for every member of Juno to own a tambourine and they also
love swapping instruments. There is a real DIY element to their live show, in a fun and
unpredictable sense. Juno are performers as well as musicians, capable of interacting with
and including their audience. Their gigs are full of enjoyment and all about having fun. With
witty, audacious lyrical content, there is no pretentiousness in Juno. “Join Me Make The
Music” is a track, which in many respects personifies the bands lively, interactive shows
which always involve a degree of audience participation in the form of dancing, singing and
Recently supported a host of current, buzz bands like Glasvegas, but perhaps most suitably
and complimentary to their own sound they’ve played with New Zealand’ criminally young,
baby faced teens, Operator Please, who were delighted with Juno.
Juno are vibrant, buzzing electronica which will overwhelm your senses and stick in your
brain like the fluffy bubble-gum electro pop that Juno Vs Manda Rin have completely
mastered. The band successfully merges a whole range of different influences. Think of a
cheerful mixture incorporating the best of Happy Mondays, Primal Scream and New Order
and your getting close. With substance, unrivalled performance and an ability to get their
crowd excited, Juno are a must see band.
It’s rumored that there are several ultra cool labels chasing the bands signature.
2008 is not just full of promise for Juno – it’s theirs for the taking!
Rough Trade Release
'These boys are athletes' and 'smoke and mirrors' are the explosive new collaborations from
Juno! and Manda Rin, and are released by oxford's renowned shifty disco records. without
doubt Juno! and manda rin have created the coolest and probably cheekiest pop song in years.
A collision of buzzing electronica and infectious choruses this song means business, and has
created a myspace stampede!
Neu Magazine Single Review
It is clear from the word go that this collaboration is successful and not one to be sceptical
of. Juno! Vs. Manda Rin have created a single, oozing cheek and coolness. 'These Boys
Are Athletes' has an almost cheerleader-type charm to it without being too tacky. If Shifty
Disco Records’ name had to be summed up by the sound of one song, this is that song.
With thumping drum and bass combining with such ease with the simplistic melodies
and audacious vocals, it is clear that this single must not be the only release from this
collaboration. 'Smoke and Mirrors' is just as good, if not better. It is catchier than 'These Boys
Are Athletes' and rightfully makes this release a Double A –Side. It shows a great range of
influences from many different sub-genres of electronica and rock and they each combine
well to create this fantastic song. Buzzing electronica and catchy choruses is potentially a
great recipe for a successful new collaboration and Juno! Vs. Manda Rin have cooked up a
storm. If this is a sign of what is to come in 2008, it’s going to be one amazing year. Guy
Clyde 1 Single Review
'These Boys are Athletes' featuring Manda Rin on the surface gives a sweetly Barbie girl
vocal but punches back hard with the regional lilt. Don’t believe all that you hear, you ain’t
going to see this lass wearing pink and crying for her hair straighteners which is as it should
be. The band sound like New Order, crossed with The Scream and the Happy Mondays,
lighten it up a notch and there you have it, electro pop in its purest form, alive and kicking
official! They have the potential to be the soundtrack to the next club generation, bring it on!
Daily Record review of "These Boys Are Athletes"
“Poptastic electro pop from Juno! and Bis singer Manda Rin.”
Manda Rin adds her unique vocal style to Jet Set Juno! , Juno’s new big party anthem.
“Juno! are a cute band! Pure holiday. Laid-back and warm, a mixture of Baggy vocals, uber-
twee and electro-pop. for sure be big in Japan. This tune is so bubble-gummy that when I shut
my eyes and dance to it I feel like a cartoon.
Or rather, these boys aren't athletes, as is actually sung on the record. It appears this is
some kind of a tribute to the much derided 'indie boy physique', in all its diminutive and
sporadically hairy glory, (disclaimer - I love indie boys!). If you squint at the sticker, you'll
find that it read 'Poptastic Electro Record', which is true in a pleasingly inept way that seems
right and fitting when you discover that Manda Rin happens to be her out of Bis. Cutesy,
boys vs. girl’s vox like a teen flick gone wonkily low budget complete with low budget
handclaps, twenty-pee "electro" reminiscent of the days when Helen Love ruled the planet
and Late of the Pier were in detention - it's all here! And, just to make things clear, there is no
link between this and any films you may have recently seen.
Juno! Are one of the liveliest live bands to catch our attention in recent months, with their
buzzing electro-pop combining vocals, samples and an arsenal of percussive instruments?
Boasting members from Fife, Glasgow and even Tokyo, this four-piece (swelling to a
mammoth eight when part-time members join in), have an uncanny ability to engage with
their audience, converting their gigs into a musical party. Their song These Boys Are
Athletes is the perfect track of the month
New Band A Day
Juno! should have popped up on my radar almost instantly because of their association with
Manda Rin, of Bis fame. She pops up here and there on their songs, puncturing the noise
hyperactively and as idiosyncratically as ever.
On Party Music, the lolloping relationship between the guitar and drums reminds me a bit of
Happy Mondays, and this can only be a suitably happy comparison to draw. Jet Set Juno is a
weirdnik Teen-C/electro-rock squash-up that sounds like it belongs as the theme song to the
imaginary TV show featuring the cartoons you used to doodle at the back of French Class at
school. These Boys Are Athletes has been rattling around for a year, but it's still as much of a
chant-along futuro-pop monster as it was a year ago, all power chords and carefree bleeping.
It's always a joy to hear a band that are clearly drawing a huge amount of fun just from being
in a band together. Juno are like that. It's an even bigger joy when the band in question make
music that's just as much fun to listen to as well. Juno are like that too.
Juno's songs would go down just as well in an Indie disco as in a roomful of sugar-buzzed 8
Glasgow/Fife/Tokyo electro pop elves Juno! play Capitol this Friday. A Candy striped , raved
up take on The Pills n Thrills era Happy Mondays , expect to hear more of their debut album
when they support the reformed Bis at King Tuts in April!!
A band that we'd describe as Happy Mondays Gone Electro. Their records always sound
Got me grooving on a rainy Tuesday morning!
Hope & Anchor, London. Press Release
JUNO!- Glasgow via Fife and Tokyo based electro/rave pop 6 piece. A smattering of baggy
and post rock too.....Laconic cool pop with more hooks than the a fishing tackle shop being
run by Peter Hook and the bloke out of Dr Hook...New Order/ Go Team / Happy Mondays
/ Orange Juice / Can / Stone Roses...has an irreverent cheeky feel and some real pop
plausibility. They must be contenders!
Is This Music? Magazine, Paul McVitie
Evil Heat-period Primal Scream: meaty bassline, robo-beats and percussion, and buzzing
Daily Record, Rick Fulton on The Razz:Pop Soundcheck
While many young bands try to emulate Oasis, Juno! have seen the brilliance of Primal
Scream and followed their lead. And what a result. This group should be out there with
Kasabian, knocking hell out of the charts and R&B nonsense that's clogging up the Top 10.
It's not just the louche, half-whispered vocals that owe a lot to Bobby Gillespie. Production
is near to perfect. Using drums, guitars and bass, they add some toe-tapping synthesizer
bleeps, squeaks and grooves. Their Atom Bomb City has a floor-filling groove but also
sounds perfect for driving down dark country lanes. Cut It Loose, with its sirens and beats, is
a quirky, slower-paced tune with some nifty keyboard work. The start of Wonderful sounds
like more of a club tune, with a sparse teutonic groove, rumbling bass and Human League-
style synthesizer melody. But it all settles down into a blissed-out, come-down track with
trumpets. Juno! are one of the best new unsigned bands I've heard.
Enigmatic Fife five piece Juno! have been causing quite a stir on the Scottish scene since a
national newspaper review at the turn of the year saw them being compared favourably to
Primal Scream and current media darlings Kasabian.These comparisons don’t necessarily
sit easily with the boys themselves however, who would prefer to be viewed in their own
light: “We try to create our own thing and feel that we’ve definitely found our own sound."
says Jason, bass player from the band. "Sure we’ve got influences, that’s inevitable, but
we’re a sum of our parts - with a bit extra on top”. Certainly their use of live drums and bass,
combined with drum machines, guitars, keyboards and percussion does come together to
create a mighty cacophony, but one that’s held together by the blinding rhythmic grooves that
underpin it all.
Tartan Underground, Katie Craig
There's something about Atom Bomb City that’s pure holiday. Laid-back and warm, a
mixture of Baggy vocals, uber-twee and electro-pop. If Juno get signed they will for sure be
big in Japan. This tune is so bubble-gummy that when I shut my eyes and dance to it I feel
like a cartoon. I wonder if everyone gets that? There’s lots of quirky percussion, nice bells
and warm brass. The lyrics are as shoegazer friendly as this.“I've wanted to see you since
I read all your band's reviews,” Awww. (It's really "..all your bad reviews") This band are
hard to pin actually. Juno are DIY in many ways, like their blatant love of 80’s casio-beats,
computer-game-synth noises, and, face it, flat vocals. But this is a well put together single.
Where’s the DIY thing of being all over the place and shoddily recorded? This single sounds
more studio than bedroom, and the band members can actually play. What’s that about?
Could they be the D.I.Y. band that loved what they were doing so much they got good at it by
accident? Let’s all pretend that, ‘cause it’s a cute story, and Juno are a cute band.
The Big Issue, McStravick's Aural Pleasures
Well endowed musically, Juno are an OMD-esque electronic band. With melodic orchestral
strings dining with analogue synths, Juno’s noir pop is a musical feast. It may be early days
but with music this astute, you can’t help but feel ‘Enola Gay’ is in there somewhere.
Clyde 1 King Tut's Gig Review supporting Robots in Disguise
Its official Clyde 1 Unsigned has finally found the happiest band on the planet! Forget the
typical stony faced, aloof chill normally associated with a band, these guys and featured gal
Manda Rin are joy & warmth personified. Their onstage presence is mighty good they are
luminous, unpredictable and energetic. With an unnatural obsession with anything that glows
in the dark and the odd megaphone thrown in for good measure, this band are making sure
that everyone in the venue are having a good time. Stick with them long enough and you
might even become a member, their door is always open. With samples from Sesame St to
Mortal Kombat they certainly aren’t predictable and the mishmash of sounds are going to
make even the most cynical listener turn round and face the music. In roman mythology, Juno
is the queen of all the gods; yup this band should be right up there looking down on all they
survey. Let it wash over you, and lose your heart to Juno.
The Mill Opening night with Thomas Tantrum and Futureheads
Juno are a breath of fresh air so full of energy almost mad at points but great. loved every
minute of both sets.
Something a little more challenging is occurring down the road at the beautiful Classic
Grand, by the name of Juno! Easily dismissed on first glance as duff, unfilleted post-nu-rave
cod, it turns out that the seven-piece (I think) are to my ears what Art Brut are to my heart.
With glowsticks wrapped around their glasses, they’re all simply adorable. The two frontmen
jump around in a joyous frenzy, and the rest of the band play plinky, disco-led funpop
including ‘Party Music’ and successfully bring the fun back in. And it’s a bonus that Bis’
Manda Rin appears for a song, a bit of a “wow, my gosh I’m in Glasgow and it’s buzzing
and I bloody love it” moment to be quite honest. What a sap
Definite crowd pleasers Juno’s insatiable energy and flamboyant dancing was reminiscent of
a theatrical show
Definite crowd pleasers, Juno!’s insatiable energy and flamboyant dancing is endearingly
virginal and Juno already have an ear for a tune and the makings of a decent pop act.
Is this Music 2007
Support band Juno! are a member down tonight but a dynamic combination of
electro-laced Gossip-esque tunes and enthusiastic “woohoo”s from frontman James
ensures that what they lack numbers, they make up for in pounding funkadelic
beats. One slightly inebriated female fan decides to hijack the stage, wrap her leg
around the microphone stand and indulge in a spot of what may only be described
as grinding. Making off with James’s tambourine, she half-gallops, half-stumbles into
the crowd and is promptly escorted out of the venue.she half-gallops, half-stumbles
into the crowd and is promptly escorted out of thevenue
Hinterland festival 2009
Connect DJ set 2008
Gimme Shelter 2008
(Miller) The Mill launch party 2008
Glasgow International Arts Festival SWG3 Opening Party 2008
Go North 2008
Kopparberg Tour 2008
Kid Carpet (Is This Music Tour 2007)
Glasgow Music Showcase 2006
Nexus live televised internet show 2006
Black Affair (ex Beta Band)
Robots in Disguise
My Latest Novel support at Carnegie Hall
Numerous Pin Up Nights
Numerous party gigs self staged at the Captains Rest (Glasgow) before it was a venue
Tunes regularly used on MTV fashion show the Stylist
Play-listed on XFM Scotland
The Scotsman Track of the month
Chosen as XFM London (John Kennedy) for weekly “Hot One” to watch
Featured on Radio One “back of the net” feature
Featured on Radio One Huw Stephens show
Featured on Radio Scotland Saturday podcast.
Clyde 1 play-listed
Sunny Govan radio
Is This Music Theme tune for website launch
Play-listed on Spanish stations/ toxicosmos / El Meridian
Radio UOL Spain
Rough Trade recommended single.
Is This Music/Jockrock nominated single of the year
Jim Gellatly top ten singles
Scotsman track of the month
King Tuts Yoursound runner up single
Drowned in Sound top 50
Gill Mills Myspace top 10 tracks
New band a day Feature December 2008-12-03
Jet Set Juno! On Rolling Stone website
Featured artist in Borne magazine photoshoot
bloga45.blogspot.com top ten single of 2008
Nice comments from Blogs/fans
Played your track with Juno! out the other day.
some kid danced like I’ve never seen anyone dance before.
it was scary!
- Late of the Pier
"The finest Glasgow indie band with male and female vocal. It’s a
Perfect burst disco pop!!!"
- Peanuts Records (Japan)
By complete contrast, downstairs in the same venue were Glaswegian
Indie poppers Juno, whose numerous members, including, for a couple of
songs, Bis’ Manda Rin, would be worthy runners-up in the Band Enjoyment stakes. Like a
manic Go! Team with an electro edge, their insane racket
samples freely. It’s infectious fun, and how many gigs do you come away from with a set of
toy maracas these days?
Juno! at Hinterland festival were amazing, what a funky band, will definitely look them up.