Only when he had passed the age of forty, Pieter Nabbe discovered the joy of making music. After a dear friend had died, he decided he wanted to write a song in his honour. In the fall of 2014 he released, on his own account, an EP called Take a Ride, containing four songs. A small local record label was immediately interested and encouraged Pieter to pursue his musical aspirations. Two years later he formed the band Juneville. In may 2016 In the Garden, was released; a collection of melancholy songs with references to artists such as Nick Lowe, Richard Hawley and Nick Cave. The album received five-star reviews in various music magazines.
The releaseshow of In the Garden took place at Doonroosje in Nijmegen. Again the band received outstanding reviews, this time for their live perfomance. At the beginning of 2017 drummer Chris Dauwerse and guitarist Jaap Lagerweij were replaced by Thomas Calis and Pieter Klaassen. Just before spring that year Juneville started to work on its successor. Pieter Nabbe and his musicians chose Studio Wild Verband in Boxmeer to record their new songs. Owner of the studio, and engineer BJ Baartmans, also got involved in the process as co-producer. In the fall of 2018, when the album was nearly finished, Juneville did a series of gigs for festival de Popronde in cities such as Apeldoorn, Rotterdam and Arnhem. In 2019, on Friday the 11th of januari Obey the Heart was released with an opening show in Doornroosje Nijmegen.
‘Juneville: the best kept secret from Nijmegen between Frank Boeijen and De Staat.’
OOR, Henk Tummers (voormalig redacteur)
‘Madrugada and Nick Cave are of some importance,but first and foremost it turned out be a sublime record with a wide variety of songs.’
MANIA, Erik Mundt
“Vocally as well as musically this album is a fine job. Without too much fuss. Thats how the lyrics of Nabbe get the space they deserve […] The narrator uses – almost as in Jerzy Kosinski’s calssic novel “Being There” – the garden as a metaphor for life, death and living on stronger and wiser. That’s how Nijmegen based Juneville has created something extraordinary beautiful out of “The voice of singer Pieter Nabbe is dark, captivating and strong. His songs are outstanding and are hard te relate to any kind of genre.’
KINDAMUZIK, Niels Steeghs
[Juneville] ‘did a splendid job adding something beautiful of its own to the legacy of popmusic.’
[Juneville has] ‘bent the achievements of pop music to its own insight and added something beautiful.’
‘ Why on earth Pieter Nabbe only started singing and writing songs after he turned 45, is a mystery.’the miserable.”
MUSIC MAKER, Harry de Jong
“As a singer Nabbe knows how to direct every, well chosen word with his distinct and sometimes gravelly voice, as a composer he writes songs with a bottomless melancholy. [..] In The Garden hasn’t got a single weak song. […] This is not just a very good album. One should bow for his outstanding collection of songs and take one’s hat off.”
LUST FOR LIFE, Chris van Oostrom
“Pieter Nabbe did place striking, emotional songs on the record and surrounded himself with a bunch of good musicians who provide his songs with provocative/ stimulating accents”.
DE KRENTEN UIT DE POP, Erwin Zijleman
“Not only vocally, but also musically this album fits well together. Without too much fuss. Thats how the lyrics of Nabbe get the space they deserve […] The narrator uses – almost as in Jerzy Kosinski’s calssic roman “Being There” – the garden as a metaphor for life, death and continuing stronger en wiser. That’s how Juneville from Nijmegen created something pretty out of the miserable, in the silence that falls after the storm”.
KINDAMUZIK, Niels Steeghs
“Straight from heart, poetic lyrics and subtle arrangements performed by fine musicians, that is what Nijmegen based Juneville offers to an admiring audience. This is a promising band!”
Apeldoorndirect, Pedro Waldenaar (about show @ Gigant Café Apeldoorn)
“Tonight first and foremost we have experienced honesty and passion. With their second album Obey the Heart, the band explores new directions and offers the audience a powerful show in a remarkable balanced set of outstanding songs.”
3voor12 Gelderland, Patrick Struijker Boudier (about Releaseshow @ Doornroosje Nijmegen)