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Juno on a roll! : Weekly Gulf Online

By Mai Al Khatib-Camille

Melodic maestros Debbi Francisco and Sean Fernandes have come together to form an alternative pop style band called Juniper’s Club.

The group recently released their first three-minute single called “Juno Sunshine Hour”, based on an invented character named “Juniper”, which they also refer to as “Juno”.

“This band is in the run up to Juno,” said Debbi, a 24-year-old Filipina who is a music teacher and graduate student in architecture at the University of Bahrain at Mahooz.

“That’s why we call ourselves Juniper’s Club; it’s like a club in the spirit of Juniper that roots it. We aim to take this project as a lifetime journey for Juniper – writing songs about her life and its various stages as she grows and ages.

“Essentially, this song is about the early stages of a relationship in which Juno is in love with someone who may or may not feel the same at the moment. Because the relationship is so new, the other person may still be uncertain Nevertheless, Juno is always happy to be with the person, whether her feelings are reciprocated or not.

According to Sean, who also works with Debbi as a music teacher and has a bachelor’s degree in business and administration, the music they create involves a lot of self-realization and in a nutshell, it’s “alternative pop that hints at a bright-eyed, dreamy side.” things’.

“Our influences for this band are artists like Tame Impala, The Marias, Japanese Breakfast, L’imperatrice and so on,” said the 28-year-old Indian from Adliya. “It’s easy to make music with Debbi because we like similar styles. We really wanted to make music that combines our favorite elements.

According to Debbi, it’s a type of music genre that they always thought had many listeners in Bahrain, but only a handful of artists who make this type of music.

“That’s why we are happy that new artists like Mission to the Moon and Buzzcut Babe are emerging in Bahrain and making music of a similar genre,” she added.

The duo are delighted that their song, which took about three weeks to complete writing, producing, mixing and mastering, is already on various streaming platforms including Spotify, Anghami, Apple Music and Youtube.

They are working on a few more songs and thanking their friends for their support.

“Even when this project was still just a concept, my friends supported us,” said Debbi who is a drummer, bassist and guitarist.

Sean, who is also a guitarist and bassist and plays the keyboard, wants to do more.

“We want to connect with people through our music and because this project will create more songs that speak to the stages of Juniper’s life, I think a lot of people will relate to it,” he added.

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