Juniore are a Parisian, 60s-inspired girl band that describe their alternative style as a mix of indie, French retro pop and dark, surf guitar beats. Assembling in Paris in 2013, the playfully self-proclaimed ‘yéyé noir’ band enjoy toying with their upbeat sound and contrasting with their deeper, emotional lyrics.
On October 3rd, Juniore fired up our Paris Les Halles store reopening up with an energetic live performance. Dr. Martens partnered with Les Inrocks and Nova Radio for an electric reopening party and the bar was stocked courtesy of Jack Daniels and Brooklyn Brewery.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
We are a trio made up of Swanny, myself (Anna) and a third person you could describe as a phantasmagorical and multi-instrumentalist apparition. If you were to describe us in a few words you could say that we are above all an infinitely, inextricably, and desperately optimistic bunch.
2. How has your band evolved since the release of your latest album in 2017?
Since then we’ve played and traveled quite a bit, always accompanied by our instruments. We’ve taken countless trains, boats, buses and planes. We’ve been to Canada, the US, Australia, Turkey, Germany, the UK, Hungary, and Romania. We’ve met people along the way and discovered new landscapes. Sometimes we got lost, other times we laughed a lot. We consider ourselves lucky to be able to see the world in this way through our music. Even if these experiences don’t necessarily make us more intelligent, they definitely make us less dumb.
3. Can you describe your musical influences?
An unconditional love for music from the 60’s. And its reinterpretation in the 80’s, the 90’s, the 00’s, the 10’s and so on.
4. Do you recognize yourself in the contemporary French music scene?
I do, the current French music scene is once again showing its appreciation for the French language, and drawing its inspiration from the vast catalogue of traditional French songs.
5. What song or artist do you have on repeat right now?
The Everly Brothers
6. If you could play with someone, dead or alive, who would it be?
The Everly Brothers
7. What emotions are you trying to convey onstage? What do you hope people take away from your performances?
We really like the idea that shows are made for having fun. Having fun is extremely important, especially nowadays in these hysterical, melancholic and apocalyptic times that we live in. Even if I (Anna) tend to be rather shy, Swanny and the phantasmagorical apparition make everything a lot more fun.
8. What is your fondest musical memory from the last year?
To meet people from the other side of the world and realize that we are in a way linked. That we are almost friends. Music, is magic in that sense. It is like a kind of invisible glue that makes us feel connected in the universe.
9. What advice would you give someone trying to get where you are?
I would say that putting in work is the most important. Fend for yourself and create! Be serious without taking yourself too seriously.
10. Our new “Tough as You” campaign celebrates Docs wearers’ resilience; the times they faced setbacks and held firm and bounced back. Can you tell us about a time you were resilient?
This message sums up the life of a musician pretty well. You have to listen to yourself and listen to the opinions of others, to have confidence even when you are full of doubts, walk for miles, carry heavy loads, to put one foot in front of the other without really knowing where you’re going.
11. What does Dr. Martens mean to you?
Wearing Docs means being whimsical. It means having the head in the clouds while being down to earth.