Uni tour more intimate than festivals: Bluejuice

Bluejuice members Jamie Cibej, Jake Stone, Stavros Yiannoukas, Jerry Craib and James Hauptmann.Australian indie rock stalwarts Bluejuice will hit Armidale next week as part of their “Winter of Their Discotheque” universities tour.

The Sydney band will play at The Stro at UNE on Thursday night, supported by Deep Sea Arcade and The Preachers.

The band has been part of the Australian music scene since their formation in 2001, gaining popularity in 2007 when their single Vitriol reached number 11 in the Triple J Hottest 100.

The band is also known for the 2009 single Broken Leg, which reached number 27 on the Australian Singles Chart and number five on the Triple J Hottest 100.

The band has released three albums and played at festivals including including Big Day Out, Playground Weekender Festival, Come Together, Splendour in the Grass, Parklife and Homebake.

Vocalist Stav Yiannoukas said regional tours can stand out from festivals as they offer the chance for a more intimate performance experience.

“Having your own show, there’s a bit more risk attached and you can be really engaged with the audience,” he said.

“At festivals the crowd becomes almost an anonymous jellyfish.”

Mr Yiannoukas said the group had been involved in a packaged university tour for O-Week in 2009 alongside bands such as The Fratellis and Yves Klein Blue.

“It’s the first time that we’ve done a university tour off our own bat,” he said.

“It’s something that’s not that regularly done and the university crowd is definitely really into it.”

Mr Yiannoukas said the band had done a lot of regional touring over the past three years and liked playing at venues outside of the major cities.

“I’ve loved going to Armidale before, mostly due to the pretty girls,” he said.

Aside from touring, band members have also been busy songwriting and hosting on Triple J.

Five-piece Deep Sea Arcade released their debut album, Outlands earlier this year and have played at festivals such as Peat’s Ridge Festival, Playground Weekender and Primavera Sound in Barcelona. They have also played alongside acts such as Holly Throsby, Philadelphia Grand Jury, Modest Mouse and Noel Gallagher.

The Preachers recorded their second EP in late 2011 with the first single Take A Card receiving high rotation airplay and making them a Triple J Unearthed Feature Artist.

The rock’n’roll inspired band have supported and worked with bands such as Blitzen Trapper, The Cranberries, Cameras, Phrase, Papa vs Pretty and Guineafowl.

Tickets to the gig are available from www.bigapachee苏州美甲美睫培训.au or Campus Essentials at UNE.

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