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The Junior Varsity


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The Junior Varsity was an American alternative rock band from Springfield, Illinois.

Guitarist Andy Wildrick put the original line-up of The Junior Varsity together in 2002. After a few line-up changes, they recorded an EP and began playing around central Illinois. Following the release of full length album on British Records, the band played over 200 shows. “Many people say all you have to do to make it is tour, tour, tour, but we found out this isn’t the case, building a fan base comes slowly,” explained Wildrick, “nevertheless, we got good reviews for the album, and decided to drop out of college and pursue the band full time.” Moving into a dilapidated house in Bloomington, they wrote the album and rehearsed constantly. The band took jobs at fast food joints and in Wildrick’s case, doing experimental drug trials to make ends meet; they spent every spare minute rehearsing or touring in preparation for their next move. Victory Records took notice of their frequent, well-received shows in Chicago, and signed the band to a deal, the same day as their close friends from the local scene, June.

Matt Squire, known for his work with Midtown, Northstar and The Explosion, came on board to produce the album, and the band headed to Maryland to record in his Phase Studios. “We spent five weeks on the album, which was huge for us, it gave us the chance to really make the professional sounding album we had in mind, and Matt’s contributions helped us gain perspective on how to achieve this.


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  • nostalgia-rush

    Really wish I could find their first self titled EP. [2] everyone sees the internet as magically infinite but its really restricted to whether people are dedicated enough to post what they have.

    10 Nov 2014 Reply
  • cool4dude

    Really wish I could find their first self titled EP.

    28 Jan 2014 Reply
  • v0xtheriot

    you guys tease. why don't you make some music?

    10 Feb 2013 Reply
  • eyeslikefireee

    such wonderful memories attached to this band. [2]

    30 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Frapu13

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    22 Jan 2013 Reply
  • withpassion

    such wonderful memories attached to this band.

    28 Nov 2012 Reply
  • withpassion

    remind me why i ever stopped listening to them..

    28 Nov 2012 Reply
  • knight_88

    band never got old. still love all of their music. if only they could reform [2]

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Naz-Chan

    Relistening to this band since high school... bought all their CDs again... one of the best bands ever!

    13 Oct 2012 Reply
  • aikoilagan

    oh my god i miss this. this is so 7th grade. :'(

    14 Mar 2012 Reply
  • theJASONagency

    this band was too awesome

    19 Jan 2012 Reply
  • stephencolbear

    god what a fantastic band. i drove across five states to see their reunion show, and i would gladly do so again.

    20 Oct 2011 Reply
  • withpassion

    sweet jesus i miss them

    25 Jul 2011 Reply
  • PyroMonkeyWv

    man i miss these guys so much. i hope there more than just the reunion they had last year. it's crazy how underrated they were...

    24 Jun 2011 Reply
  • ticklishgio

    does anyone have there first ep up on mediafire or someting?

    15 Jun 2011 Reply
  • v0xtheriot

    come back. wide eyed is still one of my favorite albums

    9 Mar 2011 Reply
  • knight_88

    Do You Mind? is one of my favorite songs ever, such an underrated band. [2]

    23 Jan 2011 Reply
  • bobo9390

    Do You Mind? is one of my favorite songs ever, such an underrated band.

    20 Dec 2010 Reply
  • theJASONagency

    Get Comforatable is one of my all time favorite songs, I haven't listened to this band since 7th grade, time to start again

    18 Nov 2010 Reply
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