The June Brides 2012
Jangle popsters The June Brides made a big impression during their short-lived career in the 1980s. NME darlings. Touring with The Smiths. A fantastic album in There Are Eight Million Stories... And then that was it. Gone. But remembered by many. Covered by the likes of The Manic Street Preachers.
Frontman Phil Wilson returned in 2010 with an album, God Bless Jim Kennedy. A joy to listen to. The Junes Brides in all but name. Now Phil has resembled the original June Brides lineup and released the double A side single - Moon/Cloud.
Phil says: “We didn’t plan to reform, it just happened. I formed a trio three years ago, then Frank and Jon from the original June Brides joined us and, although I didn’t want to cash in on the name, when The Loft asked us to join them for a one-off concert I asked our old guitarist Simon Beesley and it seemed foolish to resist calling it The June Brides.”
January Moon, the first new June Brides recording since 1986 "Was an accident, but a happy one..." according to Phil. It's everything you'd expect, harmonies, strings. Harking back to a time when pop music just felt good. No ulterior motive. Just pure pop for the sheer joy of it. A perfect summer song, even if it is pissing down outside. Glorious.
The second half of the double A side is Cloud. Slightly lower key. Hushed vocals, darker, but still beautiful. Not so much cloudy, but 'up in the clouds' as Phil himself sings, a voice seasoned more than aged but still able to carry you floating away.
The two songs are a reminder of what we've been missing out on all these years, and hopefully there's more to come. Oh, and a tour would be nice Phil!
The double A side single is available to listen to and for download now here
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