Candy Says is a new band with a new sound and a determination to do things its own way. Lead singer Juju and multi-instrumentalist/engineer Ben Walker set about recording an album in the garage of their Oxford bungalow in the summer of 2012. The result is a lo-fi chic pop sound influenced by Juju’s french roots.
Having been signed to a major label (Universal/Island) Juju felt that she wanted to create something closer to her heart, closer to home. “I feel like I have finally found something to feel inspired by, something to strive for and something that I believe in once again. I have that same magical feeling about what I am doing now that I had when I first started writing songs.” The rest of the band were drawn in by her musical vision, and Juju's fans are rallying in support of this new musical adventure.
The sound is “off-kilter literate pop, rich in melody, full of inventive, edgy energy” (Von Pip Musical Express). They recorded the entire album in their garage with two microphones, some dusty instruments and an old laptop, but the end product is a flawless production that captures Juju’s quirky imagination and unexpected twists and turns.
It’s pop, but with a real focus on the finer intricacies of the music, which boasts complex arrangements to keep the sound fresh. At times the beat is almost tribal, and at others it’s layered with melodies, the sounds and vocals harmonising and blending until picking out each element becomes impossible.
It’s Juju’s inspiring attitude to life and art that’s making people take notice. Their singles have been played by Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Chris Hawkins and Nemone on 6Music and they‘ve been Record Of The Week on Amazing Radio.
The live show (they’re joined on stage by Michael Monaghan (drums) and Liset Alea(vocals, percussion) is making waves too. Their Dot To Dot performance was “fantastic” (Von Pip Musical Express), Louder Than War called them “a formidable outfit that’s already got an underground buzz about them” and their spectacular sold out home town shows in weird and wonderful venues are attracting hundreds. Candy Says won’t be a well-kept secret for long.