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

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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

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