Please unwrap that CD and give the neighborhood some hell.

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Please unwrap that CD and give the neighborhood some hell.

Tear down, close your tab, pack the van, pound water, eat a late night breakfast, unload the van, try to sleep, merch inventory, misc. accounting, update the contact list, follow peeps on Instagram & Twitter, and, finally, a thank you blog post… it’s a post-show ritual of a weekend warrior.

Combined with the multi-month, pre-show ritual of booking, writing/sending press releases, hanging posters, developing social content, scheduling posts, practicing, loading, setting up, etc., it’s all a damn good reminder that you better enjoy every second of every show that you play.

June IND sure did AND WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR EVERYONE THAT SPENT THEIR TIME AND HARD-EARNED MONEY ON FRIDAY!!

Thank you Carnahan Hall for the space & sippies, Kenny for the sound, The Clutter & iamlion for the rock, Citizens for Civil Rights for signing up folks to vote, Dave for bringing pics, Jimmy for taking live pics, the IND gals for handling the IND store, Stout for handling door, Domenica & Erik for the promo help, and everyone that helped us celebrate the #HillsterHipbilly release.

We really hope everyone had a great time and made it home ok. If you didn’t personally receive a hug or handshake from us at the show, we owe you two next time.

Please unwrap that CD and give the neighborhood some hell.

See you at the next one?

-Chris

About #HillsterHipbilly… a CD that you can’t buy.

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, isphotographic.com
Art Direction and Design by rikx, rikx.com
@JuneIND // JuneIND.com

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JUNE IND SURPRISED WHEN DELIVERY MAN DOESN’T BURST INTO FLAMES

#Hillster Hipbilly FB Event

JUNE IND SURPRISED WHEN DELIVERY MAN DOESN’T BURST INTO FLAMES
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 (Rikx.com) 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 bit.ly/EriksEatery.

#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, isphotographic.com
Art Direction and Design by rikx, rikx.com
@JuneIND // JuneIND.com

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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 management@chrisjuneind.com.

04.17.14 Shows

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Thanks to Zack from Kickstart the Heart for grabbing this pic!

One down and a few to go! (so, I guess we better get to booking)

Last Saturday’s unplugged show and Hunter’s was tons of fun. Thanks to those of you that made it out. You made new faces feel a little more comfortable until their drinks kicked in. 🙂

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Here are a few of my favorite quotes that I managed to overhear between songs or over the quiet parts:

Coming in at #3…

“WHOA, are they really playing this?!?”

We sure were!

It was hard to pick, but at #2…

“I can’t believe Drew is still playing this show after having his wisdom teeth removed on Thursday.”

Yeah, Drew is solid.

Finally, my favorite at #1…

“DUDE, WHY HAVEN’T I HEARD OF THESE GUYS?!?”

To answer that, we aren’t really keeping this a secret.

If you’re not keeping it a secret either, please like, share, follow, favorite, and retweet at will (if you’re viewing this at JuneIND.com, those social links will be on the left and right sides of the screen).

So, we’ll see you on May 3rd in Evansville at Ri Ra Irish Pub… perhaps one day sooner in Indianapolis if we get our connecting show booked!

Take care!!

-Chris

02.16.14 Studio

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Hey all!!

We’re coming up on the one year anniversary of making #HillsterHipbilly (aka the new June IND EP that does not want to be finished).

The following novel contains explanations (not excuses) to bring you up-to-date, without getting into too many private matters.

So yeah, it’s only 3 songs… What’s taking so long?!?

Last year, Em, Drew, and I decided that we’d been supporting Whistle When We Break Down for long enough and that it was time for new tunes.

Since the band name was shortened from Chris June IND to June IND, I wanted to revamp the creative process. Drew and Em were cool with that. 🙂

“Settling,” “Dear Reason,” and the songs from WWWBD were, for the most part, all written/recorded by me at IND HQ.

And… OLD

And… as a 3-piece, impossible to make sound like the recorded versions in a live setting. There’s just too many parts.

For the new effort, we planned to rip out 3 songs that were SASCAFMAH (simple as sh**, catchy as fu**, and mean as hell).

The best part: this was going to come together really fast!

Whoops.

The 3 of us started jamming in my big room and coming up with parts. We literally picked a tempo, started the metronome, and rolled with it. As we loudly brainstormed, I had my Pro Tools rig recording and would piece together parts of songs after everyone left. We circulated mixes and ideas via Facebook Messenger.

Quickly, 3 songs took shape: “A Little Bitterness,” a slower grinder about working hard and drinking hard, “With Chaos,” a jackhammer of a love song, and “____,” that I was going to finish the words for and name by the time I would track vocals. I’d get it done too, because that last one had to be on the CD!

Whoops 2x.

I still don’t know if it was great convincing, guilting, or boredom that led to our friend Mateo agreeing to be involved with the project… but it happened. He’s the drummer for one of my favorite Indiana bands (the Cocaine Wolves), is DIY studio savvy, and achieved some really mean guitar sounds on CDs for the Cocaine Wolves and the Mound Builders. We had our friend Jeff Anderson at Sound Logic lined up to mix the EP. We’d figure out who would do mastering later.

In two weekends, we knocked out drums, rhythm guitars, and bass tracks. In addition to the 3 songs that were supposed to be the final EP tracks, we decided to record two more songs that we’d been playing live. Those two songs were “My Rx” and “Feed Me a Lie.” The former was originally an acoustic song that was revamped into a meaner version with the help of Drew and former-IND drummer, Chris Parker. The latter turned out to be unusable because a mic cord on one of the overhead mics crapped out on keeper track for the drums.

Technically, that’s not a complete whoops, but it would’ve been sweet to have that song for bonus material.

By the time I finished cleaning-up and editing tracks, it was becoming clear that the key to “With Chaos” needed to be changed. In the original register, it was too low to belt out with my guitar, Drew, and Em blaring behind it.

Guitars and bass would have to be rerecorded.

Whoops 3x.

Since everything had been torn down, everything would need to be set up again to track guitar and bass for that song… and we ended up recording all of them to keep the sounds consistent. Before we got that wrapped up, it was time for Camp & Jam and the TASTE of Tippecanoe.

Whoops 4x.

Then… we learned a bunch of songs to play at a 4th of July shindig. Following that, Drew, Em, and I all moved and it took a while to get settled into our new places.

Whoops 5x.

August and September flew by and, for the 2nd year in a row, my day job occupied most nights and weekends in October.

In November, I turned 30 and IND helped raise over $1000 to defeat HJR-6 (now HJR-3); through an online fundraising campaign and benefit show. I played the show with a 102+ degree temp, but rock ‘n roll helped break my fever. 🙂

Within a week, the Greater Lafayette Area was ravaged by tornadoes. One did damage around Em’s place; where we had been practicing and recording.

Done counting the whoops-es.

After the tornado cleanup and between the holidays, I managed to get all the rhythm guitar and bass tracks edited up and was planning to finish up vocals and the rest of the guitars at Sound Logic.

Then… COLDEST, CRAZIEST WINTER EVERRRR!!!

So, here we are. It’s February 16, 2014. #HillsterHipbilly still isn’t done and now you know why.

My bad, dudes. 😦

-Chris

PS: Seize the moment. If you’re not expecting it, it’s pretty damn difficult to know that a mine-field is ahead until you’re already in it.