Artist / Band / Musician
Powerpop / Rock / Pop Punk
Trust Records (Japan)/ Engineer Records
JUNIOR ACHIEVER IS BACK WITH NEW THINGS TO COME!!
Hello JA'ers, After quite a hiatus Gene Champagne is back at it after extensive touring with several different acts. " I am back to writing and gearing up for a brand new CD. I am excited about getting this one out as it has some new twists from what you have heard on All The Little Letdowns." Be sure to keep checking back for more details about the band,line up changes and some upcoming live dates.
JUNIOR ACHIEVER MIA?
What happened to Junior Achiever?!
Rest assured they are alive and well!
Gene has been very busy on tour with other artists, both Dave and Jer have been working on side projects (ramona and The Breakup Letter respectively) and Steve has been volunteering as a clown at a local childrens' hospital.
Pre-production has started on a new Junior Achiever release for their Japanese label Trust Records. An autumn Japanese tour is also in the works.
You can see Junior Achiever's interview and performance on Hamilton's Cable 14 above.
Be good, be safe. JA xo
"Dumb It Down" from Junior Achiever's debut album "All the Little Letdowns"
JUNIOR ACHIEVER NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES WORLDWIDE
We've had some issues with our album on International Itunes stores. Up until now "All the Little Letdowns" was only available in Canada but that issue is now sorted and it is now available worldwide.
JUNIOR ACHIEVER NOMINATED FOR HAMILTON MUSIC AWARD!
Junior Achiever have been nominated for "Rock Recording of the Year" in the 2008 Hamilton Music Awards . The awards ceremony is being held at Hamilton Place on November 16th.
THANKS TO SHAKA LABBITS FOR A GREAT TOUR!
Thanks to Shaka Labbits and crew for a great tour. We had plenty of laughs, played with some great bands and made a new family along the way. There will be photos uploaded here over the next few days.
Next match in Japan!
Gene encourages Tokyo to say hello to Canada
JAPAN TOUR A HUGE SUCCESS!
Junior Achiever's tour of Japan was a huge success! We met lots of new friends, played to hundreds of new fans and drank some beer along the way. There are new pictures up in the photo section and there will be a tour diary posted as soon as we recover from jet lag !
"ALL THE LITTLE LETDOWNS" NOW AVAILABLE!
Junior Achiever's debut album "All The Little Letdowns" is now available on
"All The Little Letdowns" is, quite simply, the best album I've heard this year and the best release in the genre since The Color Fred debut last year, and I include Weezer's 6th album in this comparison, it is that good, really." (John Lewins)
Old fashioned "hard copies" die pressed onto a compact disc are also available for purchase. They come packaged in a handsome gatefold digipak sleeve with beautiful photos by Gordon Hawkins and are accompanied by an insert with full lyrics.
These "compact discs" can be ordered worldwide from
thanks to our good friends at Engineer Records and very shortly direct from Junior Achiever Headquarters.
"BETTER THAN THIS" ON YTV!
"Better Than This" is featured in the movie King of the Camp this Sunday, May 4th at 6pm on YTV!
ALL THE LITTLE LETDOWNS
Junior Achiever has finished their debut album "All The Little Letdowns". It was mixed by Ed Krautner (Sum 41, Avril Lavigne) and mastered by João Carvalho (Sloan, Death From Above 1979).
The record features guest appearances by former Killjoys' bassist Shelley Woods and Juno nominated Jazz vocalist
It will be released in Japan in March by Trust Records, and in Europe and the United States in June by our good friends at Engineer Records.
We hope to have confirmation of the Canadian release date in the next couple of weeks.
JUNIOR ACHIEVER vs DEGRASSI - TNG
Junior Achiever's relationship with the hit Canadian television show "Degrassi - The Next Generation" continues into the show's seventh season. "Another Stupid Love Song" from JA's forthcoming "All the Little Letdowns" debut is featured in Episode 707 - "We Got the Beat".
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Junior Achiever front man Gene Champagne began playing the drums when he was only eleven. He co-founded Warner Recording Artists The Killjoys who won a Juno award (The Canadian "Grammy") and recorded three records for Warner Music before disbanding.
Joining Champagne in Junior Achiever is like-minded musician Dave Fritz, formerly of British pop-punksters Wact. In addition to his roll as Junior Achiever guitarist and backing vocalist, Dave lends his expertise as an audio engineer. Holding down the rhythm section are bassist/vocalist Steve Scott and drummer Jeremy Knowles, a team who have played together often in the past and were an immediately solid foundation for Champagne’s music.
Junior Achiever's songs have charted on Canadian radio and have been featured in several television series including the Canadian cult classic "Degrassi: The Next Generation".
The songs are diverse, but with a unifying sound; poppy, edgy, sunny but not sappy; its summer music that reflects the sparkle of the grass and the warmth of the sun, but not without a wry sense of humour and an honest longing for something more. Call it pop-punk if you will, but it sounds more like "After-School-Special-Core"; rock and roll for kids on sugar and too much TV.
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