January 23, 2008

Eugene Francis Jnr and the Juniors

On March 8th 1977 at 8:13am Eugene Francis Jnr emerged into our world. Nine months earlier it is believed that a chivalrous, Apache Indian made love to an exquisite, Inuit Eskimo under the timid Welsh sun.

They traveled with Eugene from continent to continent, in search of work and enlightenment. They were stubborn nomads, who in turn raised an unshakable hippy…but their taste in music was impeccable. Eugene Francis was raised on country, blues and folk music, although when he misbehaved his parents made him listen to 80's synth-pop or ambient.

Bored and fed up one day, Eugene Francis packed his little guitar and some threads and headed off to America on a Kerouac. He was enlightened by a friend who told him to move away from the pop-rock music he had been making and look for something to call his own. Up to the challenge, Eugene Francis headed back home to the Welsh Hills to start work. He emerged four months later holding in his hand the proposed album The Golden Beatle and the word 'Folktronica' would never be the same.

Now he needed a band to reproduce the layers of instruments and percussion. Not just any old band. An elite band, a concept band. Drawing from some of the most musical individuals of the current Welsh Music Scene (Vito, Broken Leaf) Eugene Francis Jnr assembled a democratic, harmonious beatnik supergroup - The Juniors. Tours with Tegan and Sara and a japanese banjo acquisition followed.

And now they plan to take over the world, this one and the next, right after The Golden Beatle drops in April.

Eugene Francis Jnr and the Juniors - Poor Me
Tegan and Sara - Back In Your Head

Other notable Jnrs:
Junior Boys - Double Shadow
Junior Senior - Can I Get Get Get

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