Following on from the release of their highly-praised debut EP 'Late Night Luxury' earlier this year, Melbourne-based outfit Junior Bones are back once again with their dreamy new single 'Dust'.
Capturing more of that warm and vibrant indie-rock aesthetic they are building a reputation for, 'Dust' sees them return with a wonderfully alluring offering. Filled with warm and sweeping textures, a humbled atmosphere, and some brilliantly compelling vocals throughout, they are cementing themselves as one of the more captivating names emerging today.
So with the new single available now, we sat down with guitarist and keyboardist Pauly to find out more about his background and what has been inspiring him lately.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
Bass. It sounds cool, smooth and is the backbone of every song. Was easy to learn, and since every band seemed to be looking for a bass player at the time, it was easy to get a gig!
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
I was completely in awe of U2 and they’ve had a massive influence on me. Musically straightforward but so much depth to their sound. But then I discovered 90’s alternative and broadened my horizons a lot - Bjork, Jeff Buckley, Hothouse Flowers just for a start. And a couple of cool Adelaide bands where I grew up - The Jaynes & Seven Stories.
What was the first album you remember owning?
Hmmmmm - The Joshua Tree. On cassette.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
“Ocean of Noise” by Arcade Fire. I wish I could have written the song, and produced it. And played that horn section part - gives me shivers every time.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
Not really rituals, but on my mind is trying to not sound like anything else I’ve created before. Or not sound like anyone else, full stop. But it’s not easy!
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
Bat for Lashes, Ladyhawke, Holy Holy, London Grammar.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Taylor Swift. Why not? She pulls a crowd, and writes amazing songs. Genius.
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
Creative a musical work of art with a bunch of great friends. One of the best things life has to offer.
And what is the most frustrating part?
Sometimes you question if it’s all worth the effort, but I always return to thinking it is. The music industry is competitive, and there are some great artists that never get a break. But we’re all in to together.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Stay to true to your natural sound. Do what you do best, don’t try and be anyone else. Your music will sound better with YOUR heart & soul in it.
Junior Bones' new single 'Dust' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.