Junior Boys (photo from KindaMuzik)
Their last album "So This Is Goodbye" was released in Canada way back in August 2006 and was shortlisted for the 2007 Polaris Music Prize. The last time I saw them perform live was in April 2007 at The Mod Club. They played Coachella at the end of that month and have seemed to be on tour non-stop since then, rarely coming around these parts it seems for a few years now. However, as Kat had pointed out, Junior Boys have a new album coming out in March and it's now confirmed by the guys themselves - the new 8 track long album is entitled "Begone Dull Care" and is going to be released in Canada on March 24 with a US release to follow on April 7. The first single will be 'Hazel' which will be released in both 12" and digital formats. Now a transatlantic partnership with Jeremy Greenspan still based in Hamilton, Ontario and the newly-married Matthew Didemus now living in Berlin, they spent most of 2008 focusing on the completion of the new album. As I mentioned last week, also look forward to Junior Boys' remix contribution to the Merge Records remix CD coming out (to SCORE! subscribers only) later this year.
An extensive six-week long tour is suppose to kick off in Toronto (at a venue TBA) on March 28 and they'll be joined by Domino roster-mates Max Tundra. Thanks to Pitchfork for the heads up.
So I've been listening to their first couple albums today and I almost forgot how scintillating their electro-pop really is. I'm looking forward to the new album, and if the YouTube link below (of a live performance of first single 'Hazel') is any indication, it should be a good one.
MySpace: Junior Boys
Video: Junior Boys - "Hazel" (live @ 2008 Tim Festival, Brazil)