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Juniper Nights is a four-piece alternative rock band from Oxford, formed at the start of 2017. The band consists of James Gallagher (Vocals/Guitar), Zach Wilmott (Guitar), Marty Melvin (Bass), and Tom Lindsay (Drums).
James, Zach, and Tom previously performed together in the indie band 'Pipeline’, with bassist Jason Rich. Jason and Zach were friends from university and found James and Tom online through a musician finding website. In February 2017, Jason moved to Sweden to pursue his career, and Marty took his place to complete the lineup. The band changed their name to Juniper Nights to reflect their change in lineup and darker sound.
Juniper Nights' music is typically a combination of sombre and textural, juxtaposed with aggressive guitar riffs to create a dynamically varying sound. However, their musical style often varies significantly between songs, with dark undertones being the underlying theme. This sound is heavily influenced by a number of British rock bands such as Radiohead, Elbow, and Alt-J. Whilst their music is primarily guitar-based, they often experiment with other sounds, inspired by the works of trip hop and electronic artists such as Aphex Twin, Portishead, Massive Attack, and Unkle. This includes the use of keyboards, drum machines, and strings, as well as the manipulation of sound using effects.
Juniper Nights released their first single, 'So So Kelly’ in August 2017. It was featured as a first play on BBC Introducing, Oxford, and has been played on the radio as far afield as Honolulu, Hawaii, on KTUH. In July 2017 the band recorded a number of tracks at Glasshouse Studios, Oxford, the first of which, 'Antidote’, was released digitally on November 10th. Antidote received a positive reception from a number of critics, who described the track as "stunning", "beautiful", and praised Juniper Nights for "succeed[ing] in creating something with real resonance."
The band will releasing their debut EP in January 2018, and will be supporting the release with a UK tour in January and February - dates TBA.
"It’s an indication of their musicianship and sensitivity that Juniper Nights succeed in creating something with real resonance." - RGM
"Juniper Nights achieves sonic bliss of David Lynchian proportions... Stunning." - Jammerzine
"Juniper Nights, with the right sort of management behind them, have all the makings of a great band... Should you ever get a chance to see Juniper Nights, don’t miss out!" - Jace Media
"I've said it before but Juniper Nights are just the coolest Oxford band around right now & get better every show." - Richard Brabin (Future Perfect)