Anything but predictable
(5 out of 5 stars)
"June, a 4 piece melodic rock band from chicago, IL haven't quite made it big yet. In theory, they probably never will. But it's not becuase they've been marketed poorly. Victory records, an *independent* label from the same city, have spent alot of time and money plugging this band as being for fans of fall out boy, taking back sunday and spitalfield, something that should gain them scene cred, but hasn't. You see, the secret is that june doesn't really sound anything like the above, but at the same time, they do. Confused yet? lemmie break it down...fall out boy, although one of my favorites, is highly predictable. You just know that there's going to be some big vocals, power chords and a hook in each song. That's a given. With June however, you never know what you're going to get next. Take the intro on "I write B movies". At first listen, it just sounds like noise, but after a couple more, you start to wonder how chord combinations like that are even possible. "speak up" and "patrick" may come off a bit generic at first, but soon you realize that they stand up to repeated listens becuase they're not. There isn't really a standard formula to june's music either. If a hook shows up, it could be 2 minutes into the song, and before the next 20 seconds is up, it could very well be back for a second sing-a-long. Verses? Two are usually standard for a pop song. June might have 2, 3 or even 4! You can't really package the music on "if you speak any faster" because it's all over the place. If your thing is clean, cookie-cutter rock with a bow attached, you may want to pass on June. Oh, and by the way, the lead singer sounds exactly like patrick stump (sp?) from fall out boy. It's easy to market you when your vocalist can pass as a mega star to the untrained ear. I guess the irony in all of this is that june isn't as famous as, say, FOB, even though they've been marketed to be as such, but in all honesty, they're much more innovative and deserve to be placed in a seperate catagory.
This review wasn't meant to make any sense, and neither is June's music. Just buy the record already and try something different. June makes true indie music your ears will thank you for."
Simon Mall Gift Customer | Florida | 07/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"June is a simply amazing band.
not only is their cd extremely catchy and melodic, but they are a very put together band.
i have seen them live once and i fell in love.
they put on a great show and sounded fabulous."
Great cd from an up and coming band
mollz | VA | 03/10/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I first got this CD after I saw June open a show I went to.... I liked what I heard live so I gave them a try, and now I love them. This cd is great, especially if you like Warped Tour type bands... it is pop/rock-ish. They are slightly better live, especially the backing vocals. Some of the backing vocals on the cd just don't sound right to me, but the CD is great nonetheless. I think the music (instruments) sticks out as being really good too, I love just hearing the intro of the first song "Speak Up". Some other favorites on this cd are "I've Got The Time If You Have The Argument", "My Side of the Story", "The City" (probably their hardest song), and "OK Corral". A lot of the songs are very catchy. If you like what you hear, definitely check them out live, they have so much energy and put on a great show."