Review: Bluejuice at the Hi-Fi Melbourne
Rating: 4/5/2012 Share
Bluejuice punched onto the stage with all the fluoro tenacity of a teenager at his first New Years Eve dance party.
In comparison to the sweet surfer rock melodies of supporters, Loon Lake and newcomers The Cairos’ - the crowd aren’t sure if they should jump, clap or collect $200 as they get ready to Go Go Go!
It’s Bluejuices’ final show of the COMPANY tour and the band are pumped. They walk on stage, clad in fluoro tape and paint, winged capes, glow in the dark guitars and set-up the vibe of the night with, ‘Wasssssup C*nts.’ In case you didn’t get the memo, the party steam-train has rolled into town and it’s about to get hot in here.
After two cracking opening tunes, Bluejuice remix 'We Can Get Around It' from second album, ‘Head of The Hawk’ into a groovy funk machine, allowing the crowd to catch their breath.
The crowd are more familiar with stand out tracks from the previous record, Head of The Hawk, with the title track and (Ain’t) Telling the truth generating a big crowd response. But it was as Bluejuice take the crowd to climax, smashing through their final song, Broken Leg that the crowd have a proper sweaty meltdown of party satisfaction.
Glow sticks are getting thrown about, the crowd can’t breathe and clap at the same time (or is that just me?) and at the heart of this action is the crowd-jumping, explosive double lead singer duo, of Jake + Stav – who bring a refreshing enthusiasm to the Australian music stage.
Noticeably the crowd are young and refreshingly happy to open their wallets for a Saturday night gig. This could be a result of Triple J’s unwavering support of the band and the Aussie music scene or maybe Bluejuice are just bringing their fun and playful attitude back to a scene of stale hipster bands with more rips in their jeans than songs on their latest EP. One thing is for sure, the next gen kids are wanting more from Aussie bands. They want great tunes, they want killer live sets and they want accessibility. It’s a big call, but Bluejuice dominate with flair and creativity.
As the fans wrap their hawkes around the new record, they love new single, Act Your Age. If you haven’t seen the video, Jake brings new meaning to the lyrics and sucks the face off a Nanna. Might not be your Nanna, but it is someone’s Nanna. Check it out below:
Apparently they ballsed it up on the first show, but have since laid a unique cover in K.W.S’s 1992 song, Please Don’t Go , now the cozy, spooning encore of an endorphin rushing show.
During May, Bluejuice are playing Groovin’ The Moo and sideshows. Do yourself a favour and check them out, it’s a one-nighter you’ll be bragging about for weeks after. Dates on their site.
Written by Robyn Fawcett
Photo Credit: Oliver Productions