June 11 # Junior Boys + Miracle Fortress + Huren # Sala Rossa
A Hamilton, Ontario-based electronic pop group, Junior Boys began as a duo with its duties split between Jeremy Greenspan and Johnny Dark. Influenced by a number of music sectors — including arty synth pop, minimal techno, U.K garage, and contemporary hip-hop — they made a demo with no positive results. Dark opted to leave the group, but former Warp employee Nick Kilroy eventually heard the songs and became interested enough to begin his KIN label with Junior Boys as its first artist. Engineer Matt Didemus joined Greenspan, and together they recorded enough material for a full-length. Prior to the 2004 release of the resulting album, titled “Last Exit”, a pair of 12” singles were released — one included a remix from Fennesz, while the other featured a remix from Manitoba.
Three months after “Last Exit”’s initial U.K release, Domino picked up the album for distribution in the U.S. The Domino version added a bonus disc with B-sides and remixes from the 12” releases. The relatively slick “So This Is Goodbye” followed in 2006. The single “In the Morning” was featured in an iTunes commercial in 2007.
On July 10, 2007, Junior Boys second album was revealed as being on the shortlist for the 2007 Polaris Music Prize. They did not ultimately win the prize. In September 2008, Morgan Geist’s album “Double Night Time” was released with five songs performed by Jeremy Greenspan. On April 7, 2009, the duo released their third full length album, “Begone Dull Care” on Domino records.
On June 14, 2011, they will release their new album, “It’s All True”.
Miracle Fortress is the cognomen for Montreal-based musician and producer Graham Van Pelt. Also a member of Think About Life, as Miracle Fortress Graham records and performs a wide array of musical soundscapes, hooks and beats. His 2007 debut, Five Roses, received widespread critical praise, including a Polaris Prize nomination. His second album, Was I the Wave?, was released in April 2011 on Secret City Records and bends more towards the electronic.