JUNIPER MOON is a young five piece from Ponferrada, Spain. They released their first single on late 99. It was a five song ep called “¿Volverás?”. It cautivated both critics and audience thanks to the ir combination of female naive vocals and noisy, amphetaminic punk-pop, and because of the juvenile cheekiness of the band, most of their members being in their teens, like their singer Sandra. This single was very well received in the UK, where Dj’s as prestigious as Steve Lamacq (BBC, also writing for New Musical Express) played JUNIPER MOON several times. “¿Volverás?” also got a positive review in the aforementioned NME.
The band celebrated this success playing a lot of live dates in Spain, one of them supporting Welsh band SUPER FURRY ANIMALS in León, recording a live show for Spanish TV Channel 2, and being included in the bill of Spanish summer festivals as Fib/Benicassim or Contempopranea 2000. Despite their youth they’ve been playing together for a long time, so their shows are very impressive.
Now JUNIPER MOON come back with four new frenzy teenage pop pills, under the title of “Based on real facts”. The single is opened by “16 de septiembre”, a time bomb as hyper fast and addictive as their previous fact. Same can be said about “Tus pies”, one of their first songs, happily included here as it’s one of their best moments yet.
But please note JUNIPER MOON don’t want to repeat themselves too much, they want to move forward to other music territories. So they sometimes slow down their finely tuned pop machinery and compose songs like the long “Me siento mejor”, featuring precious backing vocals by the band’s keyboard player Raquel.
The last song is also different. It’s called “Un sueño, tan sólo eso” and it was composed by the two girls in the band, Sandra and Raquel. Only acoustic guitars and vocals to prove you don’t need noise to make an excellent and energetic punk pop song.
Sure the best is yet to come, but JUNIPER MOON’s current moment is perfectly enjoyable: pure teenage punk-pop, for all the young-at-heart ones.
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