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  • Musique

    Get to know: Juniore 

    By Noelle Faulkner 01 December 2017

    Sexy, sweet, retro, modern and tres tres TRES cool. This hyper-stylish and Saint Laurent-approved band hailing from Paris describe themselves as ‘désespérément optimistes’ AKA desperate optimists… but we’d describe them as the lost connection between fashion, surf, psychedelic pop, spaghetti westerns and the nouvelle vague film movement. Be warned: you’ll either want to be them or be with them.

    Ahead of their appearance at So Frenchy So Chic 2018, We talk to frontwoman and guitarist Anna about standing up for what you believe in, listening to ‘60s French music in cars, dancing and quoting Frank Sinatra.

    What are your fondest memories of France?

    We have plenty of fond memories of France – despite probably being one of the most critical people in the world (French people, I mean) and actually, maybe some of our most important memories have to do with precisely that: being critical! And having a right to protest and march “peacefully” in the streets. Whether it is to prevent laws from being voted or to promote freedom, peace. It’s thrilling to join hundreds, sometimes thousands of people in protest. I remember my first march in high school. Older kids would come in our classes to tell us to go outside. And the French really do have a talent for slogans: “Raffarin, si tu savais, ta réforme où on se la met. Au-cu, aucune hésitation : démission !”

    What music did you grow up on and how has that influenced your music today?  

    Swanny (drummer) and I listened to a lot of ’60s music in our parents’ cars but Laure (keyboard) was really obsessed with classical music growing up. I think the music you love as a teenager sticks with you and determines the way that you’ll listen to anything when you’re older. And of course, it’s all part of the music we make today.

    What’s on the Juniore all-time favourite playlist?

    France Gall, ‘Laisse tomber les filles’

    The Chrystals, ‘And then he kissed me’

    The Archies, ‘Sugar Sugar’

    Danny Elfman, ‘Beetlejuice theme song’

    Los Saicos, ‘Demolicion’

    Anna Karina/Serge Gainsbourg, ‘Sous le soleil exactement’

    Brigitte Bardot ‘La machine à sous’

    What made you want to become a musician? What do you love about music? 

    In Juniore, we all have very different experiences growing up, and didn’t realise we wanted to be musicians in the same way. Laure learned piano through strict classical training, Swanny picked up the drums later in university and I taught myself guitar in my twenty’s. But what we have most in common is that we love playing in a band. We love playing with each other. It’s like a conversation we have in another language, almost a primitive language, it’s so very nice. It’s what I love about music, how it can speak to people, how it connects you, makes strangers feel familiar.

    Can you share something about yourself that people would be surprised to hear?

    We love to dance. We’ll dance to pretty much anything, anywhere, any time.

    What are you most excited about coming to Australia for? 

    So many things! We’ve never been to Australia, everything will be new and exciting, it really does feel like it’s on the opposite side of the world. It’s a great adventure for us. Also we suspect that there’s a music scene that we really like in Australia, with the same nostalgia as we have for the ’60s/70s.

    What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

    “Compared to eternity, it really doesn’t matter all that much”

    Where do you find/what gives you your “joie de vivre”? 

    We can be a little juvenile at times, and feel very enthused by pretty much anything, like lamps, benches in the streets, trees. I think maybe it’s what Sinatra meant by “if you are among the very young at heart.”

    Juniore will be playing So Frenchy So Chic, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney festivals, January 12, 14 and 20, 2018.  Book here