The Junipers are a psychedelic pop band who were formed in Leicester in 2000 by, Joe Wiltshire, Marc Johnston, Pete Gough, Liam Riley & Stuart Pratt. Wiltshire and Johnston had begun recording demos at home while Wiltshire played in another band, Ambrose Tompkins on the Regular Beat record label based in Liverpool. The duo then recruited the other three members to showcase the songs live. In 2007 The Junipers signed to San Remo Records, a record label based in Wolverhampton ran by Felt guitarist Marco Thomas, who had signed Ivor Novello award winner Scott Matthews two years prior.
The Junipers recorded & released their debut album Cut Your Key in 2008. The album was self-produced & mainly recorded at The Junipers own studio in Leicester & partly at Magic Garden studios in Birmingham with Gavin monhagon, known for his work with Kings Of Leon, The Editors & Ryan Adams. Three singles were pulled from the album, Callooh Callay!, Gordie Can’t Swim & So the Feeling Looms/Out My Pocket.
Cut Your Key received rave reviews from the likes of Uncut Magazine, The Word & Record Collector. Callooh Callay! Was named single of the week on BBC Radio 2 & all three singles gained airplay on Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music from dj's, Bob Harris, Steve Lamacq, Mark Radcliffe and Janice Long, among others. The band played two live sessions for Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music, supported kasabian twice at The Civic Hall & played The Big Chill (music festival), The Summer Sundae Festival, Moseley Folk Festival, The Llama Festival & The IPO Festival.
In 2009 lead singer Marc Johnston left The Junipers & was replaced by Robyn Gibson, a friend of the band who had also been a member of Ambrose Tompkins with Wiltshire, The Ammonites & Ruth's Refrigerator. In 2011 Liam Riley left the group and was replaced by Ash Selden who took on the bass and backing vocals & in 2012 ex-member of Ambrose Tompkins Ben Marshall replaced Stuart Pratt on drums. The new line up began recording their follow up to Cut Your Key later that year.
The Junipers second album Paint the Ground was released on 22 February 2012.
Their more recent releases include 'The Juniper's Euphonious Trolley - EP 1' which they describe as a poppy side project. This came out in November 2013, receiving a top review in Shindig! magazine.
In March 2014,a new mix of their 'Paint The Ground' album was released on limited vinyl by Sugarbush Records.
- The band have played the following festivals: The Big Chill (music festival), Summer Sundae, Moseley Folk Festival, The Llama Festival, Simon Says (Festival), Strawberry Fields Festival
- The Junipers have played two radio sessions for Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music & a session for BBC Radio Leicester.
- They made two TV appearances on the Community Channel & Channel M.
- The song Already Home was used on the American TV show Cane.
- The Song Gordie Can't Swim appeared on the Shindig! Magazine covermount cd in 2009 & was remastered by Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub.
- The song Out My Pocket appeared on The Word covermount cd in 2008.
- Callooh Callay! received single of the week on BBC Radio 2 in 2008.
- The band supported Kasabian twice at the Civic Hall in 2008.
28/10/08 - Cut Your Key (Album) - San Remo Records
04/08/08 - Callooh Callay! (Single) - San Remo Records
30/08/08 - Moseley Folk Anthology (Compilation) - Moseley Folk 08/12/08 - Gordie Can't Swim (Single) - San Remo Records
01/12/08 - Now Hear This! (Compilation) - The Word 17/08/09 - So the Feeling Looms/Out My Pocket (Single) - San Remo Records
27/08/09 - It's Happening! (Compilation) - Shindig! 20/02/12 - Paint the Ground (Album) 01/04/13 - Live at the Cookie Jar - Bootleg' (Free download) 20/11/13 - The Junipers' Euphonious Trolley - EP1' (Digital release) 13/03/14 - Paint The Ground' (Album - Ltd Vinyl re-master) Sugarbush Records