This week's Local Buzz Cut Artist is Goodbye June with the song Daisy. Goodbye June will be playing this month's Local Buzz Live along with Thelma and the Sleaze and The Poor Boys at Exit/In Sunday, February 23. Get more info on the show here.
Life’s unpredictable purpose always seems to stem from life’s worst tragedies. That is just how Goodbye June was created. In June of 2005, guitarist Tyler Baker received the worst news of his life. His brother, PFC Shane Baker, was home on leave from the military and had been in a fatal car accident. His cousins Brandon Qualkenbush, Landon Milbourn and the rest of the family traveled to southern Indiana to comfort and ease the sting of unexpectedly losing a close loved one. For the next few weeks, the three cousins stayed together to comfort each other, reminisce about old times, laugh and cry over memories and, of course, play music together which essentially lead to the three of them writing songs to help pass the time.
In the months that followed, Landon, Brandon, and Tyler, all first cousins, began spending more time together in a makeshift rehearsal space in Tyler’s basement. “Music became a healthy emotional release,” says Landon, “which helped us to start the healing process and move forward with our lives.” When songs formed, they would take them to a local studio used to record jingles and radio commercials and started recording a demo. Once the demo was ready and they had a few shows under their belt, their family and friends began asking what their band name was. “We decided to name the band Goodbye June, to honor the memory of our brother passing and encapsulate what inspired the beginnings of this band,” explains Brandon, “if he wouldn’t have passed, I’d probably still be painting and never would have pursued music as a career.”
Brandon’s father, a Pentecostal preacher, and Landon’s father, a choir director, evangelized throughout the Bible belt during their childhood. Naturally, the cousins played and sang during these fiery Pentecostal church services. However, their musical influences are not confined to only the music they played in the sanctuary. “I would go and play at the Player’s Pub [a local blues bar in Bloomington, Indiana] and sit in on songs by anyone from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Booker T & The MG’s,” says Tyler. “It changed the way I thought about music. The music was built around moving people, much like the gospel music I was used to playing.” During their teens, Landon and Brandon found themselves listening to the secular music that was never allowed in their homes during childhood. “I remember sneaking in Bush’s Razorblade Suitcase record into my room and playing it with the volume turned down so low I had to have my ear right next to the speaker so my parents couldn’t hear it,” reminisces Brandon. You can hear these shadows of black gospel, blues, and old country hymns mixed into Goodbye June’s brand of rock. More...