At the junction of sparse folk, pop, and cosmic country you’ll find Junior, helmed by two distinct and complementary songwriters. Hermina’s wide alto aches out lines like “I know I’m not allowed to call you on the phone…but I’m getting tired of being either loved or gone.” Caroline’s songs playfully question gendered experiences and expectations. “Have you tried domestication? How did that work out for you? Did it feel like abdication? But were you grateful for the food?”
Based in Missoula, Montana, the group originally began singing together in drag as “The Cuckaroos,” the backing vocal section for Cross Country, Missoula’s annual Country Drag Revue. In the service of lampooning gendered stereotypes, the group developed strong working relationships. Listeners might have heard members of Junior play in groups including: Butter, Stellarondo, Burlesco, Broken Valley Roadshow, Shahs, Hermina Jean, The Cigarette Girls, Caroline Keys, Worst Feelings, Danny’s Dilemma, Travis Sehorn and the Pebble Light, The Best Westerns, and Patsy Grime.
Each member of Junior packs a quiver of instrumental skills and is constantly acquiring more to add to the group. Listeners can expect layered vocal arrangements, earnest lyrics, and playful arrangements. Junior has been compared to Sibylle Baier, Karen Dalton, and The Roches.
Sie Sie Benhoff
Sie Sie grew up singing to and caring for children all around the world, and you can hear her own cry for redemption throughout this first record. She balances lyrics of heartbreak and remorse by adding a little comedy and a lot of rock-and-roll. This record really has a song for everyone, and in scope and composition, it’s hard to believe it’s her first release.. and completely live to top it off.