Juniper Lane | Wake From Yourself

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Wake From Yourself

by Juniper Lane

"Cryptic, polished dark pop firmly rooted in but not too derivative of ‘80s modern-rock, and fronted by Vivion Smith’s alternately operatic and fragile vocals and guitarist Chris Bonavia’s chimy but melodic strums." - OnTap Magazine
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1. Impact
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2. Take Me Home
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3. Catch My Breath
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4. Hello
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5. Coma
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6. Don't Follow Me
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7. Sides
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8. Getting the Human Out
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9. All the Desperate People
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10. Memento
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Critics agreed that the phrase "on the verge" was never more poignant than when listening to a track from Juniper Lane's Sirens From a Mile Back. In a tragic twist of fate, less than a year after Sirens was released to rave reviews and fan acclaim, singer Vivion Smith was involved in a nearly fatal rock-climbing accident. Juniper Lane's career came to a sudden halt despite the press attention, industry interest, and commercial radio spins Sirens was commanding.

After spending a week in a coma, Smith left the hospital to begin the arduous tasks of regaining her memory, rehabilitating her pianist hand, and rebuilding her life. A year later, Juniper Lane reconnected to explore the possibility of their own recovery and found that the drive and dynamic they once possessed was unchanged. It soon became apparent that instead of picking up where they left off, Juniper Lane was back as an even more inspired and motivated version of themselves.

Juniper Lane has mastered that which eludes so many musical acts: the ability to produce a diverse range of well-crafted songs while putting forth an unmistakably signature sound. With the recent national commercial success of bands that straddle the line between indie and mainstream rock (Death Cab for Cutie, Snow Patrol), it seems the music industry has finally caught up to Juniper Lane.

Upon returning to the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore music scenes, the band's impressive live show was met with sold-out crowds and fans soon started clamoring for a new album. The band's latest project is the forthcoming record Wake From Yourself, throughout which Smith delves into the complications of rediscovering one's direction when faced with life-altering experiences: whether they be falling in love, breaking away from a painful past, or even coming out of a coma. Wake From Yourself is clearly the work of an enormously talented quartet.

Juniper Lane has toured extensively on the East Coast, including shows at colleges, clubs, and venues such as the 9:30 Club, Recher Theatre, and DC's 99.1 WHFStival, as well as performing in-studio for commercial radio and on live television. The band's incredible song-writing has afforded them the opportunity to work with such industry professionals as producer Ted Comerford (Zox, Army of Me), Joe Zook (Remy Zero, Liz Phair, Anna Nalick), Paul David Hager (American Hi-Fi, Hoobastank, Tracey Bonham), and Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Wilco, Suzanne Vega).


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Cameron

Quite Cool
Being friends with Eddie is cool on its own, but Juniper Lane has been one of my favorite bands since I first heard Sirens. This album picks up where Sirens left off and takes it to the next level!

Nick Lucente

Simply Amazing
This CD is probably the best of 2007. I've been waiting for it for a long time. I recently met the band and they are very nice, normal people. They just love making their music.

This album showcases a lot of their best talents: Vivion Smith's soaring and passionate vocals, Chris Bonavia's abstract and unique use of guitar, Freddy's louder-than-most-band's bass, and Eddie Pasa's extremely skilled drumming, coupled with his backup singing all put together to create 10 masterfully created tracks sure to make you want to buy more.

Lee

I'm biased, but roundly fantastic album
I'm friends with Vivion in the real world, so I'm admittedly biased. But this album is fantastic on so many fronts - lyrically, compositionally, hooks, on and on. Knowing her backstory really brings a lot of the lyrics to life (some of her sentiments in Coma are things she's said to her friends many times in real life). The album is deeply personal, and just beautiful in every way. And it's tight too - 10 brisk songs that don't wander or linger.

Meg

Best of 2007
My favorite album of 2007- and I'm about 100% sure it will stay that way al through to when 2008 rolls around. It's the perfect culmination of the work so far, and an expected (but not predictable) brilliant followup to Tightrope and Sirens from a Mile Back. Highly highly recommended. Listen to those previews of Take Me Home and Coma if you don't believe me. You won't be disappointed!

Liz

gamble paid off
I bought this album on a whim, knowing nothing about the band except that CD Baby said they sound a bit like U2.....well I'm glad I did, I like them better than U2! All the songs are complete, there are no 'fillers', just great lyrics and a full on sound that is never noisy, just rich and deep. There just isn't a bad song on the album, and the great ones (Take Me Home, Hello and Coma are my favourites) just get in your head and stay there, in a nice way of course :-)

Andy

introspective/rocking/infectious
Just after a few listens, I have the melody of probably every song on "Wake From Yourself" firmly embedded in my skull.

Not to get all music-critic-y, but the rhythm section provides a "muscular" counterpoint to the ringing guitar and dynamic vocals. It's interesting AND accessible, and that's not something you can say about a lot of music. The band has a huge sound, but an appreciation for nuance and subtlety.