Juno! (3 stars)


Limbo at the Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, Thu 10 Apr


The MySpace of this buoyant Caledonian quartet has them listed as originating in Glasgow, Fife and Tokyo – the first two are true – but the jokey addition at the end would be better changed to Madchester. Juno!’s mission, The List suspects, is to calibrate their rise precisely with the passing of new rave, and to dive into the as-yet-unheralded baggy revival as it unfolds. Could The Twang yet sound ahead of their time?

The shirts are sports-casual and the jeans are edging towards flared, but the livery of new rave is also unashamedly present and correct. Glowsticks are brandished and worn in spectacle shapes, while the band live up to their promise of ‘more percussion than you’ve probably heard in a while’. Amidst the maracas and tambourines lies the voice of collaborator and Bis frontwoman Manda Rin, guesting in person on ‘These Boys are Athletes’ and ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, and – oddly – as a recorded track on the Sesame Street-sampling ‘Jet Set Juno’. It’s chirpy and twee, and the dumb, Paisley-patterned fun of The Soup Dragons is here, although the epic hedonism of Flowered Up’s ‘Weekender’ also finds itself occasionally invoked.

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