Google June Pageant and all the search results mention a popular pageant queen called Honey Boo Boo and her much-beloved mother Mama June. I’m not here to talk about a public entertainment show consisting of elaborate, colourful costumes and overly enthusiastic and pushy parents, I’m a music reviewer goddammit, and I deserve some respect. No, I’m here to introduce the premiere of Jersey City-based alt-pop band June Pageant’s new single, Balcony, and you better love it, or I’ll dress up in a gown and dance around the room. You won’t want that, will you?!?
June Pageant arrived on the screen with a badass attitude when they introduced debut single Wundergurl to the world. After listening to the record, I had to take a moment to recognise and appreciate the talents of Lauren Rosato on vocals and synth, Oscar Suh-Rodriguez on guitar and bass, and Dane Alexander on keys and synth. These guys know their way around an instrument or two. Not just that, they channel each other’s feelings and emotions creatively throughout Wundergurl; you’ll feel a sense of sadness, a longing for the past, but ultimately the song is somewhat therapeutic. A much-needed cleansing of the mind and soul.
Their new single, Balcony, takes on a new direction. Granted, it does have a similar sound and tone, but it also has greater depth and character. Lauren Rosato confidently exclaims her presence passionately and with vigour. What a talented musician. Then there’s Oscar Suh-Rodriguez, who co-wrote the song. His guitar work provides an artistic backbone for the rest of the members to flourish. Again, this band exert their stories in a beautiful and enriching way.
You’ll shed a tear or two, probably feel crap for a second, but in the end, you’ll appreciate the magic of June Pageant and their new single, Balcony. It has everything you want from an alt-pop song and much more. Enjoy.