Grungey, Visceral And Moody: GLOOMY JUNE’s ‘Black Sheep’

Published on 16 October 2022 at 17:13

Words: Max Bradfield


Californian moody pop band Gloomy June released ‘Black Sheep’ on the 6th of October and it’s already racked up nearly a thousand listens on Spotify. Yet another fine track making waves for a band, who present themselves as a soundtrack of a beach party scene through an anxious lens, this one is a great cover of Metric.


This release follows the group’s ‘Popsick’ EP and represents a fresh era for this ‘anthemic, often queer’ indie pop quartet as they come energised off their recent summer tour. As said, ‘Black Sheep’ is a cover of Metric – a band who were made famous by ‘Scott Pilgrim VS The World’. They too, are similarly synth-heavy and punky in their practices. 


While off one tour, this song bridges the gap between the band’s next voyage and their east coast tour in autumn at Fest 20. ‘Black Sheep’ launches a heavy guitar riff straight in its listener’s face. Sonic and weighty, it is then perfectly counterbalanced by the lead guitar which harmonises well. The lead vocal plays nicely atop the harsher instrumental backings with purpose before a solid guitar solo ties proceedings together well. 


Previously, the group have been described fondly by media like Clout Magazine and Punkaganda. Fred Bambridge, from It’s All Indie went as far as saying the band have:

A sound that hooks you and keeps you listening all the way through. Huge nostalgic vibes from British Indie-Pop in the mid 00’s.”


Clearly, quite a few outlets will be awaiting their follow up to ‘Popsick’ and this cover ‘Black Sheep’.