Classic British Indie-Pop on Social Music Records!
Brilliant UK Pop for fans of TVPs, Wedding Present, Orange Juice, Shop Assistants, and on through Belle & Sebastian today... seriously GREAT, underappreciated twee jangle!
Biography from Mog.com
British indie pop cult favorites the June Brides were led by
singer/guitarist Phil Wilson and guitarist Simon Beesley, London School
of Economics classmates who first bonded over their mutual affection for
punk. Formed on a lark for entry into a collegiate talent show, the
original lineup (dubbed International Rescue) was completed by vocalist
Jez Waller, bassist Andy (George) Johnston, and drummer Chris Nineham;
after one rehearsal the group made their live debut, winning the battle
of the bands competition and a few weeks later making their professional
bow opening for the Higsons. Waller and Johnston soon exited, and with
new bassist Adrian Carter, the five-piece was soon re-christened the
June Brides; in 1983, the band acknowledged their influence to the
Velvet Underground by adding a viola player, Frank Sweeney. By the
following year, the Junies were a mainstay at Alan McGee's club ~the
Living Room, and that summer signed to the Pink label to issue their
debut single, "In the Rain," soon trailed by "Every Conversation." In
1985, the June Brides -- by now consisting of Wilson, Beesley, Carter,
Sweeney, trumpeter Jon Hunter, and drummer Dave Bickley -- issued their
first full-length LP, There Are Eight Million Stories; the group was
briefly the darling of the U.K. music press, but plagued by financial
difficulties they managed only one more EP, 1986's This Town, before
dissolving. Wilson later recorded as a solo artist for McGee's famed
Creation label before retiring from the music business; the June Brides
momentarily reunited in 1995 in support of the retrospective For Better
or Worse (1983-1986).
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 23 March, 2011.