Pandemic thwarts recording plans, June IND releases new music instead

Well, that escalated quickly. Remember this (June IND to return to The Bombshelter in March to record new music)? We’re supposed to be at the Bombshelter Recording Studio recording with Dan Precision right now…

Timeline update:

  • Three weeks ago, we were still working on pre-production for the Vol. 3 tunes, planning how much food and bourbon to take to Chicago, etc.
  • Two weeks ago, we decided to pump the brakes and hunker down.
  • Last week we decided to release all of our Vol. 2 goodies.
  • This week (like, now), that happens.

Stay safe, everyone. Sending the best of vibes to you, the folks out of work and the folks still out working. If it helps, here’s some boogie:



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Like Vol. 1, we collaborated with our artist friends Brandon Ahnert and Stacy Bogan to create new art and videos for the Vol. 2 tunes. The First Annual Meeting of Optimists Video Playlist has been updated HERE or you can check out the new videos below.

June IND to return to The Bombshelter in March to record new music


We’re returning to The Bombshelter in Chicago in March to record music for First Annual Meeting of Optimists Vol. 3 with Dan Precision!

To date, we’ve worked with Dan on #HillsterHipbilly (2015) and First Annual Meeting of Optimists Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 (2019).

June IND release is a ‘best albums of 2019’ pick in USA TODAY Network’s year-end music survey

We’re excited to work with Dan again and look forward to sharing the process and results.

Are you excited? Help us get there:

  • Drink local brew, make music on February 11th
  • First Annual Meeting of Optimists Vol. 1 is streaming! Follows and streams and adding these songs to playlists are SUPER appreciated. “Ain’t a Lot of Love” may be perfect for your Sarcastic Valentine playlist, you know. 🙂
  • Join our Friends and Optimists group by giving us, like, five bucks:

Put some boogie in your commute, First Annual Meeting of Optimists Vol. 1 available on Bandcamp

Our Kickstarter campaign funded (thanks Friends and Optimists!) and we recorded new tunes with Dan Precision in Chicago for First Annual Meeting of Optimists Vol. 2, now what?

First Annual Meeting of Optimists Vol. 1 available for download at!

Can we borrow, like, five bucks and put some boogie in your commute?

First Annual Meeting of Optimists Vol. 1 is tracked!

We’d like to give a HUGE thanks to the Birk’s for providing a warm, comfy place to crash & to Dan Precision for his studio voodoo on our weekend adventure to the Windy City.

The first three tracks (Vol. 1) for First Annual Meeting of Optimists are cut & being mixed at The Bombshelter.

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#Hillster Hipbilly FB Event

New CD #HillsterHipbilly Arrives, Carnahan Hall Release Show October 2nd

LAFAYETTE, INDIANA — Recorded in places hit by a tornado, that have caught fire, and that were relocated due to divorce, singer/guitarist Chris June had his camera app loaded as the delivery guy approached his Lafayette home with a box of CDs.

“Thankfully, he made it out alive, but he may have caught fire on the original delivery date, instead,” says June.

#HillsterHipbilly, the new CD from local rock band June IND was supposed to be delivered on Friday. It was also supposed to be released any time between now and the three-year-minefield that has elapsed since the group anticipated it going public.

“We (June and drummer Emily Larimer and bassist Drew Luigs) are far from superstitious, but in order to keep a clear conscience, we started warning people that had interest in working on the project,” says June.

Now that people can hold a copy in their hands and blast it on their stereos, the members of June IND are offering a different warning. “The release show at Carnahan Hall is going to be a riot,” says Luigs. “A good-time-kind-of-riot,” Larimer adds.

The official release show will be Friday, October 2nd at Carnahan Hall (800 Main Street) in Downtown Lafayette. June IND will be joined by bands/friends The Clutter (Lafayette) and iamlion (Indianapolis). Work from CD Art Designer Rikx ( and CD Photographer Dave Mason (ISPhotographic) will be on display. Citizens for Civil Rights will be on hand to register voters. $5.00 Hipbilly Drink specials (PBR + a shot of Rye Whiskey) will be available during the show.

The first 50 people through the door will receive a complimentary copy of June IND’s #HillsterHipbilly. After that, folks will have to wait for future shows to have a chance of getting it. #HillsterHipbilly CDs will not be available for sale nor will the music be streaming online. RSVP

Request “A Little Bitterness” on Erik’s Eatery on BOBFM at noon by calling 765.471.9653 or commenting at


#HillsterHipbilly CD Release Show
June IND with special guests The Clutter and iamlion
Friday, October 2, 2015
Carnahan Hall
800 Main Street, Lafayette
Doors 7:00pm
Show 8:00pm
All Ages + Full bar
$5.00 Cover

About #HillsterHipbilly

Produced by June IND
Engineered by Matt Amos (Cocaine Wolves) and Dish
Guitars Recorded at basEMent (West Lafayette, IN), 479ghett0 (Lafayette, IN), Sound Logic (Lafayette, IN), and The Bombshelter Recording Studio (Chicago, IL)
Bass and Vocals Recorded at basEMent (West Lafayette, IN)
Drums Recorded at IND HQ (Lafayette, IN)
Mixed and Mastered by Dan Precision at The Bombshelter Recording Studio (Chicago, IL)
All music written and performed by Chris June, Drew Luigs, and Emily Larimer
Special thanks to Chris Parker for helping push “My Rx” in the right direction and to Jeff Anderson for sharing your toys!
Published by Self Made God Music (ASCAP), Drew Luigs Music (ASCAP), Tempest Fare Music (ASCAP)
Photography by Dave Mason,
Art Direction and Design by rikx,
@JuneIND //


June IND is a 3-ish-piece hard rock band from Lafayette, Indiana. Community-minded, the group has volunteered thousands of hours and raised thousands of dollars to fight homelessness and addiction, promote marriage equality, help wounded warriors, cure cancer, and support the arts. For more information, contact Chris June at