Alt-Rock Band JUNRO Sets Ablaze in New EP, “Matches.” Reveal Top 5 Musical Influences.
The New England three-piece rock band Junro have released their latest EP, Matches which serves as a follow up to their debut album, From Hell that dropped in 2019. Including previous singles, “Stay Here Now” and “Matches” are joined with three additional tracks to round out the impressive project that fans of the band have been waiting for. Combining their “varying musical backgrounds” Dave, Dan and Matt have created a perfect ode to the alternative/progressive/rock sound they have been influenced by while also injecting a strong sense of personality and originality into the EP.
The band takes a deeper dive into those influences that helped to inspire their 2022 project – exclusively with All Access.
[MATT]: Chon is an amazing band with many talents. Being a singer and a drummer I couldn’t pull much from the singing of course. Although I can only play a fraction of what he can play, I would loop their records constantly for inspiration and just pleasure. There’s no specific record that comes to mind, I would just loop all of them.
[DAN] It isn’t exactly a secret that Biffy Clyro is a big influence on Junro’s instrumental sound. Something that Biffy does very well is portray a very melodic disposition with huge sounding choruses and dynamic verses which is a feat itself with only 3 band members. This is something that we strive to accomplish with Junro as a 3-piece band. A great example is the Biffy Clyro track “North of No South” from their 2020 album A Celebration of Endings. We tried to capture a lot of elements that we loved from this track in our New Single “Stay Here Now”.
[DAN]: Being fans of progressive rock, part of our goal is to incorporate rhythmic complexity as an ode to the genre without being too on the nose. Tonally, Aaron Marshall’s group Intervals is almost unmatched especially with Jacob Umansky’s punchy, driven bass tone. Without having a 2nd guitarist in the band, the bass tone in Junro needs to play a large role. Not only does it need to cover the low end frequency range but also supplement the guitar’s high-mid range to facilitate a large overall sound in the mix. When dialing in the bass tones for the new Junro material, Jacob Umasky’s bass tone on the 2020 Intervals album CIRCADIAN offered more than an adequate template for what we needed.
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE
[DAVE]: Every couple of years I make a point to visit The Black Parade and really try and appreciate the production, the writing, and the planning that went into that record. As a teenager, this album is probably even more formative for me than I know at a concious level. It completely changed my view on what a band could do with a release and there’s hooks that live rent free in my brain constantly. We specifically looked towards the cinematic nature of their songs and tried to emulate the quiet, piano led nature of some of their bridges in the ending of “Analog.”
TINY MOVING PARTS
[DAVE]: I think we wear some of our math rock influences a bit on our sleeve but I truly love the direction Tiny Moving Parts has gone melding math rock, pop rock, emo, and punk. The technical ability melded with incredibly hooky phrasing just makes for some serious ear worms without ever talking down to the listener. We do our best to try and juggle those same priorities for ourselves and for our audiences. Whether we’re anywhere near as successful is definitely up for debate.
A huge congrats to the guys of Junro on the fire release of the latest EP, Matches. Be sure to keep up with their journey through the following links below:
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