LATE STAGE DREAM
‘Late Stage Dream’ is the latest EP from Cape Town glitter punks Julia Robert. It will be going live on 10 July. With this release these two girls and two boys have put together three incredibly dense and heavy songs accompanied by probably one of their lightest and airiest tracks yet. It’s a varied release with stylistic and linguistic surprises throughout, and we’re incredibly excited to share it with the world.
THE SECOND SINGLE
LATE STAGE DREAM
Album and single covers shot and designed by Tara Bakkes & Ines Soutschka
Through the four tracks the gang of old friends wear their influences proudly; with the cuts taking inspiration from new wave to punk to pop and even a bit of saturated grunge. The album’s lyrical themes of self examination, feminism, making babies, and raging against systems that keep us anxious have taken on different meanings in the current existentially fraught world we live. In the last six months everything has changed, and Julia Robert's music is evolving along with it.
‘Late Stage Dream’ was recorded over a weekend in the leafy 'burbs of Durbanville at The Fresh Meat Studio. The band wanted a heavier and more ragged sound compared to the more polished and measured 'Pop Bullies'. They handed the keys over to long-time collaborator and trusted pineapple boy, Warren Fisher, who recorded and mixed the tracks.
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A tiny band for your tiny heart.
Julia Robert is a female-fronted, female-drummed, boy-guitared, boy-bassed four piece DIY punky / psychy / grungey / glittery / disco-y band from Cape Town.
Their sound incorporates riot grrrl snark, krautrocky passages, bubblegum pop sensibilities and all the stacked fifths. The bass is heavy, the guitars are jagged, the drums are pounding and the vocals are urgent. They love non-linear song structures, linear song structures, anxiety, earnestness and some unashamedly emotional outpourings.
This band is on a mission to mend everyone's broken hearts, and while their music might not make everything alright for everyone all the time, it's certainly going to climb into the ears and hearts of those who need it most.
They started as an instrumental two-piece guitar and drum project between best friends Tara Bakkes and Roderick MacLeod in 2013. Ines Soutschka was soon added on vocals and then Joao Henriques joined on the bass. This lineup of old friends has remained consistent and it's the interactions and chemistry between the four of them that hurtles Julia Robert forward.
The group's unrelenting attitude has earned the band a fiercely loyal fan base. This loyalty has begun to be picked up on by indie labels, radio hosts, parents and event promoters inside and outside of South Africa.
The band had set their eyes on hitting Europe in 2020 to push their brand of craziness into new markets, but COVID happened. Undeterred, the band has released two singles, an EP and a music video in 2020.
With better songwriting, hookier songs, more fans and more offers from abroad, the band is kicking ass. The Julia Robert freight train is not stopping- even if it derails itself in the most delightful way, these four punks will continue dancing around the fiery wreck until the party is well and truly over.
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