Premiere: The Junebugs Toil Away with Heart & Soul on “The Grind”

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Finally, now I feel what this grind can really be

Portland’s The Junebugs know what it means to toil away at something. If ever there were an illogical profession to pursue, that line of work would be music – and this comes from someone deeply entrenched and in love with the field. Music is 100% passion driven. Day in and day out, the hours pass you by. All the while, you’re working hard because you’re dedicated to what you do, forever and always. “The Grind” captures the passion and drive of doing what you love, no matter what.

Listen: “The Grind” – The Junebugs

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “The Grind,” the sophomore single off The Junebugs’ upcoming debut full-length album. Consisting of singer/guitarist/banjoist Moses Barrett, Kyle Owen (drums) and Nathaniel Daniel (bass), The Junebugs are a folk rock trio with eclectic taste, “dedicated to sweet tunes and good times.” Originally giving their own soulful swing to a ‘contemporary American Songbook,’ the group quickly transitioned to making their own songs. “The Grind” establishes the group’s cross between old and new, incorporating elements of folk, rock, jazz and soul into a powerful expression of persistence and perseverence.

The Grind - The Junebugs

The Grind – The Junebugs

“We wrote most of this tune in a Holiday Inn Express in Chehalis, Washington while doing a weekend of 5 hour shows at this casino,” reflects Moses Barrett. “You can still smoke in casinos in Washington, so all of our clothes smelled like old cigarette smoke, and you really only get a few people an hour sticking their heads in seeing what you are doing in-between pulling shift at the slot machines. It was a long, lonely few days on stage. And we just felt “Man, this is the grind.” So we started to write a song about all of the empty, far flung bars and casinos we had played. It kind of just all fell out of us.”

He continues, “But then when you’re on that lonely stage you still want to put on a great show, because otherwise what are you even doing with your life? So when we wrote the bridge a little later, we wanted to talk about pulling people into the room, kind of seducing them off of the street, which totally happens now and again. And that is how it all came together.”

“The Grind” speaks for itself: Why do we do what we do? Because. Because what? The answers vary by profession and individual, but for musicians, the answer is love. Music is eternal; it is evocative; it is in-the-moment, a high unlike anything in existence. Though we certainly feel the encumbered aspects of that endless struggle, “The Grind” leaves us with a certain satisfaction – a sense of pride in the hustle.

The Junebugs send warm vibes our way, cutting through the tension and stress of the daily routine to offer something refreshing and grounding with “The Grind.” Those in the Portland area can catch the band at their single release show on June 9th at Mission Theater – tickets and info here.

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Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York’s many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch’s words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing.
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