Juniper Nights is a four-piece alternative rock band from Oxford, formed at the start of 2017. Contrasting sombre atmospheric soundscapes with aggressive guitar-rock, they have been described as “the coolest Oxford band around right now”. The band consists of James Gallagher (Vocals/Guitar), Zach Wilmott (Guitar), Marty Melvin (Bass), and Tom Lindsay (Drums).
James, Zach, and Tom previously performed together in the indie band 'Pipeline’, with bassist Jason Rich. Jason and Zach were friends from university and found James and Tom online through a musician finding website. In February 2017, Jason moved to Sweden to pursue his career, and Marty took his place to complete the lineup. The band changed their name to Juniper Nights, inspired by the themes and style of the Black Mirror episode 'San Junipero', reflecting their change in lineup and darker sound.
Juniper Nights' music is heavily influenced by a number of British rock bands such as Radiohead, Elbow, and Alt-J. Their style often varies significantly between songs, from sombre and textural to grungy guitar-rock, with dark undertones being the underlying theme. Whilst their music is primarily guitar-based, they often experiment with other sounds, inspired by the works of trip hop and electronic artists such as Aphex Twin, Portishead, Massive Attack, and Unkle. This includes the use of keyboards, drum machines, and strings, as well as the manipulation of sound with effects.
In July 2017 the band recorded a number of tracks at Glasshouse Studios, Oxford, the first of which, 'Antidote’, was released digitally on November 10th. Antidote received a positive reception from a number of critics, who described the track as "stunning", "beautiful", and praised Juniper Nights for "succeed[ing] in creating something with real resonance." After reviewing 'Antidote', Jammerzine magazine selected Juniper Nights as one of their 17 standout artists of 2017.
Juniper Nights released their debut EP, 'Human Rush', on February 2nd 2018. Human Rush was rated highly by critics, with Bucketlist Music Reviews giving it a score of 9.5/10, making it their top album of the week.