Uni days bring back good mem­o­ries

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - CLUBBING -

front­man Stavros Yian­noukas has fond mem­o­ries of study­ing for a com­merce de­gree at univer­sity in Sydney – the par­ties, play­ing mu­sic and even­tu­ally, turn­ing up to class. Uni was also where he met and be­gan mak­ing mu­sic with his Blue­juice band­mates. The un­pre­dictable rock­ers have headed back where it all be­gan on their The Win­ter of our Dis­cotheque Tour, which lands at Grif­fith Univer­sity Gold Coast to­mor­row night. The tour, which also fea­tures Deep Sea Ar­cade and The Preach­ers, co­in­cides with the re­lease of Blue­juice’s fourth sin­gle, The Re­ces­sion. ‘‘I was at uni over 11 years ago, so it’s a bit of a blur now, but I fell into the band dur­ing uni, so it was a re­ally great time for me,’’ Yian­noukas says. ‘‘I have lots of fond mem­o­ries. We weren’t play­ing big, im­por­tant shows and we weren’t even that good, but man it was fun. It’s where you are learn­ing to be an in­di­vid­ual and find your place in the world.’’ Yian­noukas says uni crowds are al­ways ‘‘pumped’’. ‘‘Uni students go pretty crazy at the gigs, be­cause they are at that age where they just like to party and have fun. We’re all about hav­ing fun, so it’s great when our au­di­ence get re­ally into it as well.’’ Af­ter their Siz­zling 2012 Tour with The As­ton Shuf­fle, shows at the Big Day Out and Groovin’ the Moo fes­ti­vals and their cur­rent uni tour, Yian­noukas says the band hasn’t had much time to write new ma­te­rial. ‘‘We’re head­ing to By­ron af­ter this tour to just sit in a house and write mu­sic,’’ he says. ‘‘We haven’t done that be­fore, so it will be good to be re­moved from dis­trac­tion. Al­though, be­ing in By­ron might be a bit of a dis­trac­tion in it­self. We’ll see.’’

Blue­juice, Deep Sea Ar­cade and The Preach­ers play Grif­fith Univer­sity to­mor­row night. Tick­ets are $22.50 to $27.50.

Univer­sity tour: Jake Stone and Stavros Yian­noukas of Sydney band Blue­juice.

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