Written by Liza Moscatelli
To celebrate the release of their latest and third studio album Company, which dropped on 11/11/11, Sydney based rock band Bluejuice made their way to local Sydney venue Metro Theatre on their second show of the Company National tour. Supporting the headliners were Melbournians Loon Lake and Brisbane based indie-pop quarter The Cairos. This was an All-Ages event which already had the venue filling right from the start. It was instantly anticipated that it was going to be a good night. It also appeared that there was going to be some serious flavours from a triad of three talented acts coming from three major Australian cities.
The first support act to warm up the stage saw The Cairos playing “Shame” which has gained popularity across Australia. It wasn’t too difficult to see that they warmed up the audience well playing familiar chords from their latest six-track EP Colours Like Features.
The following act Loon Lake set foot on stage playing popular songs including “Bad To Me” from their debut EP Not Just Friends. However, one must say that although Loon Lake and The Cairos have developed a decent fan base and have created a name for themselves, it was evident that the majority of the audience were there to see the headliner – and it wasn’t difficult to see their loyal fans as they desperately weaved to the front of the stage.
Energy rose as Bluejuice erupted on stage and obviously appeared to deck it out in luminous flourescents and didn’t forget to pimp out their instruments. They wore an abundance of fluorescent and odd-looking attire including black capes and green fluorescent glasses frames – without the lenses. They played a string of familiar tunes from their two previous albums including “Broken Leg” as well as some more recent tracks from their latest release such as “On My Own”. It was definitely a vibrant and fascinating experience especially as it was my first time to watch a band play live in pitch black with nothing but black lighting and fluorescent – everything! There was definitely a late 80s to 90s retro feel to the night. Not to mention they had their video clips playing behind them to add to the affect.
Bluejuice know how to rock a crowd as they had people from the audience continuously jumping and singing songs word-for-word. Their set ended after an anticipated encore. I was sure that they left a great impression on the crowd as peoples’ faces lit up and smiles all around kind of gave it away. As I headed out of The Metro some random chick behind me stated to her friend “That was the most fucking awesome gig I’ve ever been to!”. So there you have it. If you get a chance to make it to one of their shows, do so!
Review Score: 4/5
For more information on Bluejuice National Tour and tickets visit http://bluejuice.info/shows