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I had the chance to interview a local band by the name of Her Name Is June (HNIJ). I truly believe these guys are talented. And I could see them going places once they get their hands on a label.
Me: Can you please state the name of the band, the members, and their positions in the band?
HNIJ: Her Name Is June. Benjamin Jameson Morey – Vocals, guitar. Justin Pulver- Drums. Patrick James Davis – Bass. Nathan Alan Derby – Guitar
Me: Now who exactly is June? An old girlfriend maybe?
HNIJ: It’s a character in the novel “A Handmaid’s Tale” by Margret Atwood
Me: How did the band get together?
HNIJ: Ben, Pat, and Justin were in a band together called “Since, Discarded” and Nate and Kyle Chapman (who was in the band from January to August) were in “Fantasy Controller”, both the bands played many shows together and were friends, both bands eventually broke up, and we started Her Name Is June soon after.
Me: Now you guys released ‘When The Sun Blows Up None Of This Will Matter’ earlier this year. Which is your first release. How does it feel to actually have your music out there on CD?
HNIJ: Honestly, it stings a bit…..Just kidding
HNIJ: We’d had small acoustic demos out for people to listen to before the full length was recorded, but once it was completed and pressed, and available for everyone it was really exciting.
Me: Now what are you lyrics based off of? I was looking over some of the lyrics from “Purgatory Is For Lovers” and it just seems like a lyrically wonderful song. Especially the line “Like a moth with a friend
In an interview with a campfire” I think that is just a fantastic line. And who writes the songs? The entire band or just one of you?
HNIJ: Well, thank you for the compliment. The song “purgatory is for lovers” in particular is fictional. But Ben writes the songs from life experiences. He says “Usually a Her Name Is June song begins when a line results from something significant happens and I write it down and work from there.” So, Ben writes the lyrics and we write the music together
Me: Now did you guys send your CD off to any labels? Or are you interested in getting a label?
HNIJ: Right now we are getting press kits ready to send off to labels, and we are extremely eager to have a future in this band playing music, whether with the support of a label or not.
Me: I’m sure once a label hears your music, they will be all over you. Now how about touring, are you guys planning a tour sometime soon?
HNIJ: We are hoping to go on the road as soon as possible.
Me: Now who is an influence on your music? And if you had the chance, what bands would you tour with?
HNIJ: Our influences range from folk and classic rock to more experimental and indie bands. And off the top of our heads, the bands we would most like to tour with would be Fire When Ready, Limbeck, Tomorrow Is Forever, and Moneen.
Me: Now here is a random question. If you could be any sort of super hero, what would you be and why?
HNIJ: We would be the Fantastic Four, and Ben would be the Invisible Woman (because he likes both invisibility and women, not necessarily in that order), Pat would Thing (because he resembles the thing), Nate would be the human torch (because he’s a loose cannon), and Justin would be Mr. Fantastic, but with a beard (because he likes to think he is the leader and enjoys stretching).
Me: Haha. Ok guys one last question. I understand some of you are working on a company called Elephant Sound. What exactly does that do?
HNIJ: Nate started a company called Elephant Sound with Blake Cooper and Kyle Chapman from their old band fantasy controller, The aim was to offer a mobile recording studio with reasonable prices and good quality to local bands.
Me: Sounds cool, I wish him luck on that. Thanks for your time guys, I can’t wait to hear your next CD. Hopefully I can come and see you guys at the next show. Is there anything else you want to say?
HNIJ: Right now we are working on some songs to hopefully put on an e.p. by the end of winter. We feel this music is much stronger than ‘When The Sun Blows Up None Of This Will Matter’, and we are really excited to play these songs live, and hopefully hit the road by spring.
Me: Sounds good guys. I wish you luck.
HNIJ: Thanks man, and thank you for listening to our music, it means a lot to us. And we look forward to meeting you at an upcoming show.