Singer-songwriter June Jones has released a new single, ‘Motorcycle’, and announced a handful of national tour dates.
‘Motorcycle’ arrives months after Jones released her second solo album, ‘Leafcutter’, which earned a spot on NME’s list of the best Australian albums of the year so far. The single was co-produced by Geryon, and mastered by Aphir’s Becki Whitton.
Listen to the track below:
In a statement, Jones described the song’s sound as “cyber pop-punk,” inspired by her experiences with “gender transition as well the turn-of-the-millennium techno-optimism that [she] grew up around.”
“It is an ode to shedding one’s mortal coil and becoming a fucking cool motorbike instead,” she said.
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Speaking to NME earlier this year, Jones explained the relationship with her vocal register when it came to recording ‘Leafcutter’.
“As a trans woman singer, there’s this constant tension about the natural sounds your voice can make,” she said.
“You have a lower register. I feel constantly conflicted about what people are reading into the sound of my voice. But also, I really like the sounds that I can make at a low register, even if I wouldn’t necessarily want to sing a lot that deep. The idea that I could use my voice as an instrument felt freeing.”
June Jones’ ‘Motorcycle’ tour dates are:
Sunday 12 – Beechworth, Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel
Saturday 18 – Melbourne, The Gasometer
Thursday 30 – Hobart, The Grand Poobah (Kissing Room)
Friday 1 – Adelaide, Grace Emily Hotel
Friday 8 – Perth, Goolugatup
Saturday 9 – Fremantle, The Aardvark
Saturday 23 – Castlemaine, The Bridge Hotel
Friday 19 – Sydney, Petersham Bowling Club
Sunday 21 – Canberra, Gang Gang Cafe