What's your go-to strategy for recovering from life's most awkward moments? I'm talking about when you accidentally say "you too" after someone wishes you happy birthday, or prematurely bidding goodbye to a friend, only to discover they're walking in the same direction as you. If you're searching for the perfect way to overcome the cringe and disappear and set off into a sea of carefree confidence might I suggest Trunky Juno's Good Dog EP, a melodic, high-spirited, indie-pop experience sure to make you forget your troubles.
Actually, maybe you won't forget the awkwardness but instead embrace it. That's what Juno manages to do on "Serial Killer Vibes," a song centered on that feeling of "meeting a fist bump with a handshake," as he puts it.
"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," he shares.
Even though he knew exactly what he wanted this song to become, bringing the concept to fruition was not without its challenges. "'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," he confesses.
Finessing the details of this track was essential. "I was trying to find a way to present the song so that someone won't just skip by it after five seconds," he says. The result is an upbeat, relatable, and irresistibly catchy ode to being awkward. "Lyrics, production, performance, every little detail going into the song matters and adds to it," adds Juno.
Unafraid of digging into the offbeat and eccentric realities of our daily existence, Trunky delivers "Hawaiian Pizza," a reflection on uniting with people who are just as different as you are. The lead single from the EP, "Daddy's Gone for Cigarettes" similarly takes an innocuous activity and uses it to make a larger point about escapism.
"On the surface it may seem like a bunch of nonsense about pizza and cigarettes, but if you dig a little deeper hopefully people will realize there's a lot more to these songs - whether tackling themes of escapism or the one-way mirror of social media," he says.
Wrapped in a package of hooky vocals and bright production the Good Dog is a package of bullish catharsis that reverberates through your consciousness.
Listen to Good Dog below: