Welsh rock band JUNIOR are proud to announce their highly-anticipated debut full-length, Beautiful Life, to be released 2nd August.
The band have also streamed their first single from the record, 'Playing The Part'.
Stream link: https://lnk.to/Junior-BeautifulLife
And watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=250HwWZV5Ss
Pre-order the album: https://musicofjunior.bigcartel.com/
In the band's own words, 'Playing The Part' is "a reminder to always be yourself, to feel comfortable in your own skin, and to not worry what other people think of you. Life’s beautiful so let’s celebrate it... This song is about being a pair of open arms to a person who doesn’t feel like they belong; to show them it’s ok to be yourself and they should celebrate their individuality."
The theme of positivity and self-expression underpins JUNIOR's first album and is key to the band's own identity. The band's drummer Si Martin is known for running mental health non-profit Heads Above The Waves, which raises awareness of depression and self-harm in young people.
As the band comment: “The theme of Beautiful Life is about being happy with being yourself and finding beauty in the little things. This is our debut album, and we really wanted to push the boat out in terms of musical ideas and recording. This album is the result of two years of songwriting, recorded across three studios, involving pianos, kids choirs, seven string guitars and all sorts of things that you wouldn’t hear on your average ‘pop punk’ album. In fact, we’ve always strived to be more than just a “pop punk band” and this album is gonna be the thing that cements that in everyone’s minds. We’re super proud of this record and we can’t wait for you to hear it. And for this to be the thing that finally gets us to headline Wembley.”
Beyond this, JUNIOR's vocalist/bassist is well-known WWE wrestler Mark Andrews who performs weekly on NXT, 205 Live and NXT UK to an audience of millions. Guitarist and co-vocalist Matt Attard writes theme tunes for wrestlers, balancing his time against JUNIOR's increasingly busy schedule.
The band's vital message does not detract from the fact that JUNIOR are, above all else, a fun band. The highly versatile and impressively mature debut brings to mind elements of Blink-182, Biffy Clyro, and Jimmy Eat World, breaking beyond anthemic pop-punk tropes to create a highly irresistible first offering to all fans of modern rock.
In their short history, JUNIOR have already played Download Festival, toured Canada, headlined London's The Dome and received significant support from Rock Sound, Kerrang!, Alt Press and many more.
With plenty of exciting updates to come the future will belong to JUNIOR.
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