Posted in music | pictures on May 20, 2011

photos by Winnie Cheung

Junip

PopMatters: José, at what point did you so decide you wanted to focus your creative energies on Junip?

José González: : Ever since I started touring seven years ago. After my first album [Veneer], our first attempt with Junip was in 2005. I've been really bad at saying "no: to stuff, so I was always headed back out on tour. So in 2008 it needed us to just put our foot down and decide properly that "next year we're going to record it, right? Right?!'

PopMatters: Do you work better when you set a deadline for yourself like that?

José González: It wasn't a deadline. It was more about a start line. More about saying 'no' to other stuff--not having a deadline, but starting to write and letting it take the time it needs. Deadlines are bad actually.

PopMatters: You guys met on the hardcore scene in Gothenburg in the 90's, which coincided with the city's death metal scene.

Tobias Winterkorn: I played bass in a death metal band. Very briefly. Some death metal stuff is quite good. I liked it more than I liked the hardcore scene for example.

José González: And Elias used to play drums in a death metal band.

Sweden's Junip (featuring Jose Gonzalez, Tobias Winterkorn and Elias Araya), and NYC band Acrylics brought their tour to Bowery Ballroom in NYC last night (5/19), an opening set by High Highs included. Junip returns this summer to play a free show at Prospect Park, and Jose will be performing solo while he's here too. More pictures from the Bowery show (where the Antlers play with Little Scream tonight), below...

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Comments (6)

Acrylics >>>>>>>> Junip

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2011 3:01 PM

Acrylics were fuckin' awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2011 5:25 PM

Acrylics were lovely, but Junip was absolutely amazing. So great to see this show sold out & buzzing after their poorly attended Irving Plaza show a while back. Most underrated band / album in a long time, Jose can do no wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2011 7:16 PM

the show at Irving Plaza was the day before Thanksgiving - everyone already out of town - i kind of liked it that way - more intimate - last night was more energetic - will see them again next month in the park - just good, solid music

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2011 10:51 PM

Anyone know the setlist? Did Junip play their "Ghost of Tom Joad" cover?

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2011 3:08 AM

i've been a jose gonzalez fan since his guest vocals on zero 7's album. loved junip and they were great as expected. but i was glad to walk away a fan of high highs. also enjoyed acrylics as well. awesome night.

Posted by Mariann | May 24, 2011 10:16 PM

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