The artist lets us know it’s okay to be awkward with his latest dream-pop single “Serial Killer Vibes”.

Trunky Juno

Credit: Eva Pentel

Trunky Juno
Credit: Eva Pentel

This past year has been difficult for everyone. Whether it be dealing with anxiety surrounding the pandemic or the lack of social interaction, we’ve all been through it. But with the world opening its doors again slowly, we’re readily preparing ourselves mentally for the new normal, and bedroom pop star Trunky Juno is warmly greeting us with his intricately crafted new single “Serial Killer Vibes”. Addressing those awkward social moments and post lockdown emotions, the singer expands his electric sound on the single, cutting into a slice of vibrant acoustic pop and decorating it with optimistic hooks and tones.

“’Serial Killer Vibes’ is a track that haunted me for a long time because I knew there was a good song in there, but I just couldn’t figure out how to present it in a way that allowed anyone else to see it too,” Juno revealed about the single. “It’s not really a song about serial killers at all, it’s about perspective, living inside your own head and trying your hardest not to be weird when you just are. It’s an ode to painfully awkward exchanges, which is going to become very relatable once we all start trying to interact with each other again.”

Taken from his forthcoming EP “Good Dog”, the singer delivers an ode to those uncomfortable situations on the single, and has us reminiscing on those sometimes squeamish moments. With a tour set for November and an EP on the way, we caught up with the dream-pop pioneer talking all things awkward and why the name “Serial Killer Vibes”.

Check out the single below…

Hey Trunky! We are almost halfway through 2021, how has this year been for you so far?
It’s been a rollercoaster ride through garbage, reaching towards sporadic apexes of sunlight. I think we all feel the same way, don’t we? I’m really happy to be putting out new Trunky tracks though, and I can’t wait for people to hear the new EP in its entirety.

Do you think this past year has affected your creativity?
I think so. A lot of the music I’m writing now is a lot different vibe wise to what’s on the new EP. I’m trying to write something a little more cinematic, and abstract, but also the songs are 3 minutes long and full of pop hooks. It’s a bit of a journey, I’m still working it out.

How did you first get into music, what is your earliest memory? Do you remember the first song you wrote?
I do remember the first song I wrote. It’s really bad, starts with a G chord, and maybe one day I’ll record it as an old man as some kind of artistic statement when I’ve run out of ideas. I’ve always been into music, my earliest memory is definitely singing backstreet boys songs in the garden in a vest. I just knew when I was like, 5, if the backstreet boys are wearing vests, I need a vest. Still love the backstreet boys, still love vests.

And you’re from the northeast of England, where bouts? Did growing up there impact your sound?
Yes and no. Yes in the sense that I’ve had the chance to play with, and learn from so many great musicians over the years, and earning my stripes doing things like coiling cables at blast recording studios, blasting Mr. Brightside at loads of weddings, and teaching drums to kids who don’t want to learn drums at all. From a strictly musical standpoint, not a whole lot. While I am very proud to be from the north east, and I love all of our amazing artists who’ve come from up here in the sticks, it’s hard to say I took a lot of influence from Sting, Knopfler, and PJ and Duncan.

And now you’ve just dropped your new single “Serial Killer Vibes”, talk us through the production process? What was the inspiration behind the single?
This is another track that me and David Alexander (aka Summer Heart) have done. I tracked it, worked on it for a while, and hated it. I knew there was a good song in there but I couldn’t get the production right. That’s when I sent it off to David, who sprinkled some magic in there, chopped the drums up, and threw some synths in there. A few little extras later, it was pretty much finished.

And why the name “Serial Killer Vibes”?
I think it’s a really good phrase, I find myself using it all the time. It’s hard to pin down exactly what it is, but we’ve all forgotten how to speak to each other at this point haven’t we, so there’s going to be a lot of incoming cringes. It’s a specific, awkward, cringe.

It’s an ode to awkward exchanges, why did you choose to focus on this topic?
I think it’s pretty relatable, especially right now.

You released your debut EP last year, what was it like releasing music during this time?
It was weird not being able to do gigs, and only being able to play live from home over the internet. But also, there were a lot fewer people releasing music at that time, so it was a good opportunity to stand out.

What’s next for you? What are you most excited for?
Really excited to release the “Good Dog” EP, and I’m looking forward to the tour in November.


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