Emerging indie rock group Juniper Honey are adding to their already exciting 2023 with their latest single, “Why Did You Call?” today. Following their self-titled EP and a string of new singles under their belt already this year, the new single further expands on the band’s colorful riffs while diving deep into emotional lyrics. Through animated guitar pacing and a charismatic backbeat, the band depicts the transcendent feelings of optimism surrounding the all-too-relatable experience of a relationship slipping through the cracks. Listen to the song now below.
Crafted with a myriad of distinctly resilient attitudes in mind, this track explores the headspace of an artist rife with indecision, without ever taking itself too seriously. At its core, this track grapples with mindful observations of unrequited feelings grafted together with the hope inspired by a cryptic phone call, where the song receives its name. Its sonic textures range from a boyishly carefree front presented by jangly pop-infused guitars, to driving strumming patterns and evocative power chords that confess lead singer Jake Hesse’s vocal frustration. While the situation establishes a darker context all but spelling the end of a relationship, it’s hard not to feel captivated by the hopelessly romantic band’s laid-back style and aspirant perspective.
Juniper Honey’s dynamically whimsical, and undeniably indie sound can be traced back to their upbringings in Southern California, where the band began in 2020. Inspired by energetic rhythms and innovative melodies of significant artists such as The Beatles or Wilco, their sound balances the nostalgia of vintage folk noise, with pristine production and strategic distortion. Their music delves into themes that resonate with younger generations, exploring the trials of coming-of-age, matters of the heart, and a range of eclectic introspection. With the release of their entirely home-recorded, self-titled debut EP being released earlier this year; they are now poised to bring their quintessentially breezy sound, expressive vocals, and animated storytelling to new audiences. The band is composed of frontman Jake Hesse, drummer Donovan Hess, guitarist Cason LeSueur and bassist Josh West, and have garnered praise from outlets such as Under The Radar, Grimy Goods, The Luna Collective, and Wolf in a Suit