live ’n’ loud: Bluejuice hit the road and heal the heartbreak.
Bluejuice’s Jake Stone says the best way to heal heartbreak is to hit the road, writes Maria Lewis
AH, the rock star life. Sex, drugs and . . . video games? Bluejuice member Jake Stone hasn’t been partying much during the festive season, preferring instead to spend his days in bed, catching up on sleep and playing video games.
Stone says it’s been the perfect way to get over his recent break-up.
‘‘I’m single now so I’ve been sitting at home playing Battlefield 3, watching Youtube videos and smoking,’’ he says on the phone from his bed at home in Glebe, in Sydney.
‘‘It’s funny – when workmen come around to work on the house I’m pretty sure they think I’m a junkie with no job because I’m always here.’’
He won’t be for much longer. Bluejuice hit the road this weekend to play the Coolangatta Hotel on Sunday before launching a massive summer schedule of festive slots and club shows.
They’ll be back on the Gold Coast on January 22 as part of the 2012 Big Day Out line-up – a sentimental show of sorts for the band.
Bluejuice have quickly become firm festival favourites thanks to their onstage antics.
‘‘We’re in better shape with festivals now. We didn’t know how to do them for the first six years (of our career) and then (single) Broken Leg started getting us booked for all these shows and we had to learn,’’ Stone says.
‘‘We tried to take what we did at smaller venues to a bigger stage. Some of that worked and some of it didn’t.’’
The stuff that remained includes crazy costumes and what Stone calls a ‘‘D.I.Y’’ stage set-up that varies from show to show.
‘‘Sometimes we buy neon tape and stick it all over our mic stands, the instruments and the stage. We don’t have heaps of money but a good idea can be worth more than dollars.’’
Stone says Bluejuice are more ‘‘cashed up’’ for their 2012 Big Day Out show.
‘‘We paid more this time so we can have projections flashing up in the Boiler Room, which will look cool in the dark,’’ he says.
From a small Sydney act to one of Australian music’s biggest names, the growth in Bluejuice’s popularity in the past four years has been rapid.
Stone says a lot of that has to do with truckloads of exposure on youth broadcaster Triple J.
Late last year, the station announced Bluejuice had become the most played band in the station’s 36-year history.
‘‘Our song Vitriol was the most-played song on Triple J since they started keeping records too, which is weird,’’ Stone says. ‘‘ They’re really good to us.’’
Material from Bluejuice’s latest album, Company, has also been growing on listeners and Stone says he hopes the album will show audiences the band is ‘‘not just a band made of singles’’.
‘‘ Act Yr Age has been getting a lot of airplay and now people are taking the time to listen to the rest of it,’’ he says.
‘‘We’re considered more of a singles band, so hopefully people will see we can make a solid album from beginning to end.’’
Bluejuice and The Aston Shuffle play the Coolangatta Hotel on Sunday at 8pm. Tickets are $25. Bluejuice play the Big Day Out, at Parklands Showgrounds, on January 22. Tickets are $165. Clubbing,
Bluejuice play the Coolangatta Hotel before returning later in the month to rock the Big Day Out