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Head Of The Hawk
Release Date: 19/09/2009
Catalogue No.: DEW9000193
Record Label: Dew Process / Universal
Format: CD

An aggressive mix of pop, rock, hip hop, electro and disco, Bluejuice are in their element making you dance in a retarded, unselfconscious way. The combination of drums, bass and keys and two harmonizing singers sounds unique, but it's the violence, energy and humour with which the band attack their music that makes them stand out. Latest single 'Broken Leg' sums up the attitude at work - catharthic and silly, emotionally complicated, mental and sweaty. Bluejuice turn entertainment into a contact sport. The single comes from the band's second long player “Head Of The Hawk” - a mixture of old and new, pop and dance elements delivered with the melody, cheek and psychosis fans expect from the band. Songs like ‘Head Of The Hawk’ and '(Ain't) Telling The Truth' see the band take on new forms, mixing hip hop backbeat with 80s melody (REO Speedwagon meets Mad Professor) to deliver surprisingly emotional pop, while 'Little Emperor' and 'Miss Johnston' weld ska and pounding disco to Iggy Pop's raucous punk, and 'Broken Leg' makes Van Halen, Thin Lizzy and The Who tear their collective hair out on the dancefloor. "It's a break-up record for people who'd prefer to be drunk and dancing," says singer Jake Stone. "A lot of good things turned bad in the year that led up to making this album. I was losing my mind. I wanted the lyrics and the energy in the record to reflect that, but not at the expense of melody. We still wanted to make an album that sounded really pop and upbeat, you know?" Brooklyn-based producer/engineer Christopher Shaw worked to translate the band's rough demos into a polished producon; his discography a clear indicator of his ability to deal with Bluejuice's tangled references. Chris is most recognized for his work engineering the early Public Enemy records, as well as spending the past decade recording Bob Dylan. In between he has been on the desk for a list of arst that includes Weezer, Super Furry Animals, Ween, Chemical Bros and Dashboard Confessional. “I was attracted to Bluejuice,” says Shaw, “because their high energy on previous tracks like ‘Vitriol’ and the ‘Reductionist’. The new demos were even better. Working with a band that had no guitarist seemed to be an interesng prospect as well. (Plus Jerry kept offering me a Ferrari during the recording process. Especially while playing Grand Theft Auto.) I tried to deliver a more polished/varied sound to the band without dulling any of the things that make them such a great live band. I think we succeeded. There is a great variety of keyboard, bass and drum sounds but yet the record has a very consistent vibe. I pushed everyone in the band to deliver their best performances, almost to the point of exhaustion, and they delivered in spades.” On the visual front the band have continued collaborang with their friend and colleague, Sydney director Sam Bennets. The band’s video clips are becoming notorious - from ambushing innocent bystanders as a cult in Pitt St. Mall for 'Vitriol', to miming whilst skydiving for 'The Reductionist', and now skipping their way to disrepute in 'Broken Leg', Bluejuice blur the line between televised entertainment and what people expect of a band. "'Head Of The Hawk’ is as close as we've come to a 3D document of the band - the stupidity and jokes and the darkness behind the material, the pop melodies and the aggression in the playing, and the dancing. Ah yes, the dancing."



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