Naomi Fallon August 09, 2012
Sydney band Bluejuice will include Canberra in their upcoming university tour.
Memories of dreary winters spent reading textbooks and writing essays inspired the cheeky boys from Bluejuice to inject some joy into the lives of Australia's university students.
While front man Jake Stone says he'd like people to think the Winter of Our Discotheque tour was all about easing the plight of the poor, freezing uni students, it was really more because the band needed something to do.
''We went on Groovin' the Moo, which was a couple of months ago … and that was the last thing we really did so we thought it'd be nice to go out and do something,'' he says.
The band will be joined by Deep Sea Arcade and the Preachers as they tour a stack of universities from the Gold Coast to Melbourne.
''It'll be a really good show because you'll be seeing two bands that you can pretty much sing along to for two hours,'' Stone says.
''Deep Sea Arcade are a cracking band and the Preachers are great as well.''
As a former media production student at Bathurst's Charles Sturt University, Stone says he can sympathise with uni students.
Despite having graduated several years ago, the 32-year-old's way of life actually hasn't changed too much.
''I don't feel like I ever really left, even though I'm old,'' he says.
''I still live the lifestyle of a uni student. Look it's the middle of the afternoon and I'm having a joint and I'm on the phone - that's a uni student's life isn't it?''
The tour coincides with the release of the band's fourth single, The Recession (Winter Of Our Discotheque Remix), a song re-assembled for the dance floor by producer Styalz Fuego, who was responsible for 360's Boys Like You.
With recent single titles such as The Recession and Act Yr Age, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Bluejuice had finally grown up.
Stone confirmed that was the intention with the band's third album, Company, which was released late last year.
''We're trying to grow up - we're aware of the fact we have grown up and we're aware that we're lagging,'' he says.
''Basically this record really was the band snapping into being adults, being of age.''
While Bluejuice's 2009 release Head of the Hawk shot to success with hit singles Broken Leg and (Ain't) Telling the Truth, Stone admits the band wasn't entirely happy with the album.
''It was embarrassing to put out a record where you weren't totally happy with all the songs,'' he says.
''We didn't dislike them, we just didn't realise that we didn't know a whole lot.
''We hadn't learnt how to record ourselves … we always had producers to do it and that means that you give up a lot of creative control of what you're doing and that means you lose a lot of the autonomy you get by co-producing it.''
While Company has built its success in a much slower, more moderate way to that of Head of the Hawk, Stone says he is happy with how the album's been reviewed.
''I was very, very proud that it got four stars in The Sydney Morning Herald,'' he says.
''To me that was the best thing that could happen to me as a writer because the whole project from the start it was like, 'Let's just write better songs.' ''
The Recession - inspired by the Steely Dan tune Peg and the KC and the Sunshine Band song Give It Up - is a perfect example of the band's attempt to produce more well-crafted tunes. They've meshed their token singalong lyrics with a comical take on some of life's more bleak concerns.
''I guess you become an adult when you can make sly jokes about those kinds of things and The Recession is definitely that kind of joke,'' he says.
''It's not something that should ever come into your romantic relationship as a reason to end it but … it's a bit cynical I guess, that song.''
WITH: Deep Sea Arcade and the Preachers
WHEN: Tuesday, August 14
WHERE: ANU Bar
■ Naomi Fallon is a staff writer, a music lover and a keen baker