Bluejuice was an indie-rock/funk/pop band based in Sydney, Australia. The group consists of vocalists Jake Stone and Stavros Yiannoukas, bassist Jamie Cibej, keyboardist Jerry Craib and drummer James Hauptmann.
They have released three studio albums to date - Problems (2007), Head of the Hawk (2009) and Company (2011). The band formed in 2002 and began their career playing improvised hip-hop sets in small bars.
Bluejuice released their debut album Problems in 2007 after two EPs and constant touring. Problems was well received by Rolling Stone magazine in Australia, which awarded the album a four out of five rating.The band's first single, "Vitriol", enjoyed airplay on the Australian national radio network Triple J, being the second most popular track in 2007 and ultimately reaching No. 11 in the annual Triple J Hottest 100 countdown in 2007. "Vitriol" ranked number 67 in the Australian Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Best songs of 2007. The video clip for "Vitriol" won best clip at Sunscreen Video Awards in 2007.
The video clip for "The Reductionist", the second single from Problems, was Rage "Indie Clip of the Week" in January 2008. The third single, "Phantom Boogie," received substantial airplay on Triple J. All three singles were produced by Genevieve Maynard.
In 2009, Bluejuice signed to the Australian record label Dew Process and recorded their second studio album at Big Jesus Burger in Sydney with producer/mixer Chris Shaw (Bob Dylan, Public Enemy, Super Furry Animals, Weezer). Lead single "Broken Leg" debuted on the Australian Singles Chart at number 47 on 23 August 2009. They released the album Head of the Hawk on 18 September 2009, and it debuted at No. 37 on the Australian Albums Chart. "Broken Leg" eventually peaked at No. 27 on the Australian Singles Chart, supported by a music video directed by Samuel Bennetts, as well as reaching No. 5 in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2009. The band performed the song on Channel Seven's Sunrise and Channel Nine's Wide World of Sports.
The second single from Head of the Hawk is "(Ain't) Telling the Truth", which was added to Triple J airplay. The band have also been nominated for two ARIA Awards in 2009 for Best Breakthrough Artist (Single) for "Broken Leg" and Best Video for "Broken Leg". The "Broken Leg" video was directed by Sammuel Bennet and was shot at the Metro in Sydney with the local skipping team called (in video) "Shimmer Extreme" led by the coach TK. "Broken Leg" was also voted No. 1 on Rage's inaugural "Rage FIFTY" in 2009.
On the Grand Final (part 1) episode of the AFL Footy Show, Hawthorn Football Club players Ben Stratton, Jarryd Morton, Matt Suckling and Liam Shiels re-enacted the popular video clip to "Broken Leg" live as part of the 2010 Player Review.
On November 11, 2011, Bluejuice released their third album, Company. The first single 'Act Yr Age' was co-written by Sparkadia's Alex Burnett. The closing track, 'On My Own' was co-written by The Presets' Julian Hamilton.
In January 2012, Bluejuice once again completed their annual Sizzling Summer tour with dance act The Aston Shuffle. They also played both Big Day Out and Groovin' the Moo festival tours. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.