Welsh rock band JUNIOR have announced their UK headline tour in support of their anticipated debut full-length, Beautiful Life, to be released 2nd August.

Tickets on general sale on Friday 21st June. Dates are as follows:

2nd – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
4th – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
5th – Glasgow Hug & Pint
6th – Manchester Star & Garter
7th – London Club 229
8th – Cheltenham Frog and Fiddle
9th – Sheffield Record Junkee

The band have also released their new single ‘Don’t Know What I’d Do’, the second from Beautiful Life.

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In the words of guitarist Matt Attard: “This song is about finding someone who pulls you out of a dark place, when you feel like you’re at your lowest. It could be a partner, a friend, or just anyone who has a positive impact on your life. It’s about being thankful for that interaction, even if you can’t verbalise how grateful you are.”

“I feel like the imagery of the track is quite abstract, because sometimes it’s hard to articulate how you feel about the people you love, especially with the toxic expectation put on men to suppress their feelings, so you do what you can to describe it. Space plays an important part in this record thematically, as it can be seen as so aspirational and full of wonder, but at the same time, the idea of being lost in space seem so isolating and scary. I think ‘I Don’t Know What I’d Do’ leans heavily on those themes because we’ve all felt scared and alone, but opening up and letting someone in can help you gain a whole new perspective. This was a great one to put together in the studio, as we got to use 7-string guitars to make really interesting textures. It’s the kind of instrument that’s mainly reserved for heavy metal, but we wanted to get out of our comfort zone and experiment – with the added bonus of getting to pretend to be Slipknot for a day!”

These themes underpin JUNIOR’s first album and are key to the band’s own identity. Beyond this, the band’s drummer Si Martin is known for running mental health non-profit Heads Above The Waves, which raises awareness of depression and self-harm in young people.

In addition to Si, JUNIOR’s vocalist/bassist is well-known WWE wrestler Mark Andrews who performs weekly on NXT, 205 Live and NXT UK to an audience of millions. Guitarist and co-vocalist Matt Attard writes theme tunes for wrestlers, balancing his time against JUNIOR’s increasingly busy schedule.

The band’s vital message does not detract from the fact that JUNIOR are, above all else, a fun band. The highly versatile and impressively mature debut brings to mind elements of Blink-182, Biffy Clyro, and Jimmy Eat World, breaking beyond anthemic pop-punk tropes to create a highly irresistible first offering to all fans of modern rock.

In their short history, JUNIOR have already played Download Festival, toured Canada, headlined London’s The Dome and received significant support from Rock Sound, Kerrang!, Alt Press and many more.

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