On Friday night I went along to check out Bluejuice at the Prince Bandroom in St Kilda, showcasing their new album Company.
Melbourne garage-rockabilly outfit Fearless Vampire Killers were partway through their set when I entered. Immediately, it appeared as though their retro fuzz-rock was falling upon somewhat uninterested ears. I took my spot right up front and rather enjoyed the remainder of their set.
The 60’s laden growl of lead singer Sean was a definite win, however the between-song banter felt a little clumsy. All things considered, they definitely deserved a warmer welcome.
A DJ set followed, before the boys that are Bluejuice took to the stage
While there were no matching bright jumpsuits in sight, their instruments were adorned in glow-in-the-dark tape. Very classy.
Show opener, and first track off their new album, Can’t Keep Up had the crowd moving within seconds. From it’s anthem-like chorus to it’s handclap-heavy breakdown, the tune is a cracker, even bringing out some synchronised dance moves from the band’s two frontmen Jake Stone and Stav Yiannoukas. There was no slowing down from here.
As usual the boys appeared effortless as they swapped lead vocals; matching and harmonising, with a little lyrical help from Jake’s sister Elana
I lost count of how many times Jake took to surfing the crowd, at one stage choosing to simply stand on two fella’s shoulders. Lucky they were sturdy.
There’s no keeping these two still, while Jake pounced on their drummer’s kit and swung from the rafters Stav was busy pacing the front of stage, water bottle in hand, determined to drown the crowd before show’s end.
It didn’t take long before the dynamic duo were shirtless, adding body sweat to the mix of moisture in the air. [I’m undecided whether it was a blessing in disguise that my camera had run out of film by this point, these two are no swimsuit models]
It’s a tough act to pick out show highlights. Current single and infectious radio smash Act Yr Age came out a surprising forth, almost like an early Christmas present for the eager crowd
These new tracks, as well as others such as Recession, Cheap Trix, Kindaevil and unlikely ballad On My Own demonstrated the mature sounds of the new release, without misplacing any of their trademark hilarity or vigour.
Older favourites Medication, Work and an even earlier Vitriol were sing-alongs waiting to happen, while show closer Broken Leg, the big single from their sophomore album Head Of The Hawk, made everyone wish they’d packed a skipping rope in their back pocket
Peppered with expletives and drizzled with sweat, there’s no doubt these guys put on an exceptional show! Get those Bluejuices flowing and check them out!
Handy tip; if you are set to attend a gig, never expect to leave disappointed…or dry.
The charismatic duo that are Jake and Stav