My favorite type of news to give on the blog is NEW CHROMA ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENTS! Our friends Caleb and Justin have started a new 2 pc heavy emo band called Junia that we are welcoming to Chroma Artist Collective. Along with this super hot announcement I have for you a video premier with a debut song called Age Parade from their upcoming album and a little interview I did with them to help you get to know them.
Onto the interview:
CAC: Hello Junia, Justin and Caleb, I’m happy to welcome you officially to Chroma Artist Collective, but I understand Junia isn’t a brand new band. Tell us how and when the project came together.
Junia: We put this project together about 2 years ago, but it is hard to find time for it with all of the other bands that we are in. Caleb is in about 10 bands (no exaggeration) but he wasn’t in any emo bands and I (Justin) am an emo kid at heart and missed playing drums. We had talked about getting “heavier” project together for a while and so we finally did.
CAC: You definitely bring the heavy. I love the power duo format, what motivated the setup/instrumentation choice and how does it impact the music you’re writing?
Junia: We knew we wanted to play emo-pop with breakdowns, so a drum set was necessary. Caleb is the king of the bass. He plays bass in a bunch of different projects with a bunch of different styles. We had thought about adding other members and guitars, but we decided to stick with the two-piece mostly out of convenience (because we practice after work and we work on the same block).
CAC: Going back to the heaviness of it, Junia seems like a departure from your other projects. Can you comment on how 2 piece pop emocore connects and departs from your other bands?
Junia: It is definitely a departure from the lyric-based indie-folk that I (Justin) am accustomed to. It is also much different for Caleb, even though his projects span from jazz to indie to folk. We were looking to do something emotive, which connects with our other projects, but also something kind of heavy and vaguely political. For me it is a return to my roots of late 90’s and early 2000’s emo and for Caleb it has been a deep dive into the gems of the past.
CAC: Tell us about what you’ve got coming out, a new video? A debut song?
Junia: Earlier this year we recorded an album called “Everything’s a Canyon” with Chroma’s own Dave Mantel. The album is not quite ready to be released, but we have a video for the song “Age Parade”. We recorded the video while “in studio” recording the album. This song is a quick jaunt through the difficulties of communicating with other generations and understanding your own shortcomings as a generation.
CAC: Justin, how’s the drumming while singing thing going?
Junia: It’s so hard! Our songs are only 3 minutes long out of necessity and 15 minute sets are ideal.
CAC: Tell us what’s going on in Chicago area DIY these days?
Junia: SO MUCH!! There are some new house venues popping up and more people are collaborating and encouraging each other. The Dead Birds album is going to rip! Every Day is now a local band! Qajaq is working on new stuff! Families has an album brewing. Jazz Robots plays every show ever. Circles with Lines rips! There has been so many good shows and amazing songs and fantastic community and great art! Come to Chicago everyone!
CAC: You each have so many public-facing artistic outlets, what gap or role does Junia fill that those other projects don’t?
CAC: This one is just for fun; How do you find time for so many projects?
Junia: Justin – just do everything mediocre. Caleb – be beast.
CAC: What else do you have coming up that we should know about?
Junia: Circle with Lines album coming. Junia album soon. Bloodline, baby!!!!!!
For the record, Bloodline Fest is coming up on October 25th and 26th at The Well in South Bend, IN. Lots of Chroma artists will be represented, even an art gallery of exclusively Chroma visual artists is up in the coffeeshop now and will remain through the festival.