The last time indie-electro outfit Junior Boys played in South Florida was during Winter Music Conference 2007 at Poplife's awkward temporary venue Post, a restaurant/lounge located on the edge of Brickell. The duo was no stranger to Miami's hipsterati set; Junior Boys had easily found success at the height of the blog-house era with the track "In the Morning," a glitchy, hook-laden production that seemed sweet and aggressive at the same time. Accompanied by a promo video that was heavy on special effects, the song's success via the internet was assured.
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With the release of Begone Dull Care earlier this year, Junior Boys have embarked once again on a North American tour that surprisingly brings them south of Atlanta to the Vagabond. The new album isn't much of a departure from their 2006 sophomore effort, So This Is Goodbye, but it's definitely a step forward. The sound is still cool and elegant, but the boys have incorporated funkier beats. Tracks like "Bits & Pieces" and "Sneak a Picture" could fit neatly in Prince's catalog, while "Parallel Lines" features an industrial-like stomp that keeps its sex appeal.
With the Miami date being close to Halloween, Junior Boys decided to inject a bit of playful fun into the tour. Fans are encouraged to come dressed in costume and compete for CDs and T-shirts.
"Part of being a young Jewish kid to me was directing all of your excitement that should've been for Christmas towards Halloween," says Jeremy Greenspan, one-half of Junior Boys. "When it came about that we would be touring around the release of our single called 'Bits & Pieces' during October, all sorts of Halloween fantasies started churning up in my mind. So although we couldn't quite afford full-on GWAR-style theatrics, we are hoping that people come to the shows in a Halloween kinda mindset and attire and help us ring in Samhain all month long."
With German DJ/production duo Modeselektor tapped to give "Bit & Pieces" an extra boost of electro, it's pretty much a guarantee Junior Boys will burn up dance floors across the globe well beyond 2009.