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by Tori Sharp

In our newest series, we ask artists to manifest their futures and take us along for the ride.

Junodream have set the standard for 2021 at a record high with their recent track Eden Burns, which Jack Saunders of Radio 1 comparing their stuff to early Radiohead. With each release, this quintet’s sound takes leaps and bounds in the right direction, infusing their alt-rock style with strong vocals and psychedelically smooth instrumentals. 

Today marks the release of Travel Guide and we are being treated to the track and a video accompaniment. “‘Travel Guide’ explores the concept of holiday escapism and destructive tourism. For a short while you live a fantasy where your problems melt away. But when you travel, you discover that your expectations are unrealistic: the beaches and the resorts aren’t quite the treasure island you had imagined. It’s fundamentally a sad concept. You’re so far from home, but you still can’t escape your problems.” An allegorical nod to the travel industry, the track and video deploy lyrical mastery and hit us with a dose of realism. Lead singer Ed Vyvyan’s vocals are reminiscent of some classic rock gods but are equally original and elegant. 

Their first headline tour is on sale now for November, so book your tickets and in the meantime, lose yourself in the holiday fantasy that is Travel Guide. 

Where do you hope to be in the next year?

We want to smell fresh air again, the drunken patter of festival goers, 15-minute sunburn and warm beer. Is that too much to ask? Honestly though, dream scenario is to shake off corona and get back to playing as many shows as humanly possible. That’s what we love doing. Our European tour got cut short last year so we’re ready to jump back in with a bag of new material. Should be an exciting year

The next 5 years?

Well, assuming the bubonic plague doesn’t make a return, we’re pretty sure that in 5 years’ time we’ll be touring our second album. It will be an ambitious departure from our debut record, although we should probably write that first.

If you could collaborate with any musician in the future, who would it be and why?

This is a tricky one. Successful collaborations are always unexpected – (Jay-Z and Linkin Park, Queen and Vanilla Ice, Jonny Rotten and Country Life). We would love to work with a great female vocalist on a track – remember The Strokes / Regina Spectre? Wowee. Someone like Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins – haunting, ethereal, and downright brilliant.

Where would be your dream venue to play?

When Putin builds his space station, I reckon we volunteer to play the first space gig. Whether they’ll have us is another question… on Earth, pyramid stage at Glastonbury would take the top spot. We’re expecting the call sometime soon.

What do you envision the future of music to look like?

Think VR concerts are gonna be big. If you’ve got a stadium at capacity why not open it up to even more people, just makes sense. Imagine watching Bono, while sitting on the loo. Pure magic. On the other hand, it’s never going to be easy replacing a live gig at a small venue. Nothing beats the taste of someone else’s sweat in your pint glass.

Press play on junodream’s ‘Travel Guide’ below now…

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