Inspired by the Flying Nun catalog, Prefab Sprout and odd underground pop hits by Chris Spedding and Dwight Twilley, JULIAN NEVER deliver their debut long player, Pious Fiction, to be released on limited edition vinyl and digital. JULIAN NEVER is the latest vehicle for former MAYYORS drummer Julian Elorduy’s jangle pop alter-ego. An evolution of the songwriting that produced the short-lived but much-loved FINE STEPS, Pious Fiction is 15 tracks of bittersweet, sun-warped jangle self-recorded off and on over the last four years in a variety of Sacramento homes and warehouses with the help of former MAYYORS band-mate Mark Kaiser (also formerly of Castle Face goth punks MALE GAZE), a newly acquired Tascam half-inch reel-to-reel and a borrowed mixer. The album is built upon a solid base of guitar-centric pop richly layered with ethereal synths and piano, intertwined with themes of love, loss and Elorduy’s Catholic upbringing, all delivered with his captivating tenor.
200 copies on black vinyl.