Peter Anthony Seay II, front man for Oklahoma City garage rockers Junebug Spade, has a million cool points for you if you catch the movie their name references. Take a minute to think about it, if you need to …
“It’s from I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” Seay said. “We were debating a name right before a last-minute show and I said, ‘Junebug,’ and we used that for a couple of shows — kind of a Beatles reference, I don’t know. But then I found out there was a band called Junebug and at another last-second show, the guy asked us our name to announce us and this guy that used to be in a band with us said, ‘Junebug Spade,’ kind of as a joke and we just went with it. It just stayed ever since. We’re all fans of that movie.”
And while Sucka’s Junebug Spade might have overdosed on large amounts of gold, OKC’s Junebug Spade still seeks its reward, playing raucous tunes all over the metro. Friday’s show at Kamp’s Lounge, Seay promised, will mark a return of “real rock.”
In other words, expect to hear an alt-flavored blend of influences from the ’60s and ’70s.
“We definitely have that kind of vibe,” Seay said. “I’m a huge Rolling Stones fan, Keith Richards fan; that’s usually what inspires me when I write, along with some other type of music that I might be listening to at the time. Also a lot of Kinks and some Velvet Underground in there, too. We just love to get that garage sound, you know?”
Many groups in the metro music scene are taking the experimental-rock approach. Seay believes while all that is just fine, most people just want to have a good time, and that Junebug Spade’s neo-psych retro sound is the perfect soundtrack to get your ya-yas out.
“People should come out to see us to see what real rock ’n’ roll is. That’s what we feel like we are,” Seay said. “A lot of people are doing more experimental things — which we used to be like, too — but eventually we decided that we’re more of an upbeat band. We’re always talking ourselves out of playing the slow stuff just because we want to keep the crowd going.”
Having toured recently with national acts like Built to Spill, Junebug Spade preps its next release for spring — either another EP or a full-length album; the band hasn’t decided yet. In the meantime, it will continue to play live whenever it can, all with one thing in mind: to keep people from sitting down in their seats.
“Our music is all about getting up off of your ass and having a good time,” Seay said. “It’s all about having that groove, man.”
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