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Junkboy

Acquiring their unusual group name from a pornographic Japanese animation, brothers and multi-instrumentalists Rich Hanscomb and Mik Hanscomb first started functioning as Junkboy in 1999. Originally located in the sprawling seaside city of Southend-on-Sea, Essex, the duo started documenting for the unbiased label Enraptured Information the same calendar year with the one ‘Ifyoulivedhereyou’dbehomebynow’ as well as the EP Kraut_Hop Ya Don’t End! They switched towards the Moshi Moshi Music imprint for 2002’s full-length The Dynamics Of Contemporary Conversation. Drifting by on the bed of acoustic guitars, jazzy saxophone, split consumer electronics and discreet vocals, the record’s combination of soft pastoral folk pop and post-rock buildings certainly sounded quite but ultimately demonstrated rather inconsequential. After a hiatus in music group activities due to the feared ‘personal distinctions’, the Hanscombs revived Junkboy in 2005 and came back towards the Enraptured steady to record Shed Parade. The follow-up record was a far more muted affair compared to the debut, albeit attractively played and noticed. After relocating to Brighton, East Sussex, the brothers collaborated with several guest musicians on the third record. The post-rock textures had been even more pronounced on Three, financing the album a qualification even more urgency than its predecessors.

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