Have you been involved in any previous projects before this one?
We have all played in a quite a few bands before Bad Juju but none of them are at all similar. We all grew up playing in hardcore bands and really enjoyed it but we always wanted to give a band like Bad Juju a shot!
Russ previously played guitar in Confession & Lovers Grave. Armarin played guitar in Earth Caller. Abe played bass in Jack the Stripper and Lovers Grave. Nick played drums in Lovers Grave. Matt played guitar in Our Solace.
What is your favourite track to perform live?
Our favourite track to play is probably ‘Pressure’, which is yet to be released. It’ll be on our EP ‘Hidden Desire, released on July 13th! It has a lot of energy and the lead guitar in the chorus is huge. It was one of those songs that came together really easily, which is rare, and we always enjoy jumping around like dickheads at band practice when playing it haha.
What are some of your earliest musical influences that have found their way into the music you’re currently making?
Russ: I think the first album i ever bought with my own money was The Offspring’s ‘ Smash’. I think it still influences me to this day with how raw, and real the lyrics are, and the angst throughout the record. I always liked how they could write a song about their personal issues and put a funny, or sarcastic spin on it. I think it still teaches a lesson in not taking things too seriously.
Nick – I grew up listening to a lot of punk bands and playing along to them on my kit. Bands like AFI, nofx, lagwagon, Millencolin. I still use a lot of the lessons i learnt from those drummers in what i’m playing today!
Care to give us a gear rundown?
Abe: I use an American Pro Fender Jazzmaster guitar, and plugs that into my Marshall JCM2000DSL guitar amp and Marshall cab. I run various guitar effect pedals, my favourites being the Nano Clone and Green Rhino pedals.
Armarin: I use a Fender Jazzmaster ‘66 guitar with Curtis Novak wide range humbuckers. I plug it into my Music Man HD65 guitar amp. I also runs a bunch of effects with my favorites being the Palisades as a boost pedal, and a Montreal Assembly CT5 for when i want to go a little crazy!
Nick: I play a PDP drumkit (all maple) with DW hardware and Vintage Sabian AA cymbals.
Without invoking genre, describe your music…
Our music is really driven by the emotions we feel at the time of writing the song. For example, if we are mad when writing, the song sounds intense but if we are happy the vibe of the song is completely different. Russ usually writes lyrics based on what emotions the songs make him feel, and then goes from there. So yeah emotional is best way to describe it.
If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your band which one would it be?
Bloom probably brings together all our different influences the most. It’s really grungy but then has some punk elements to it as well. It’s also a very meaningful song lyrically to all of the members of the band, so we are very attached to it.
What’s the best show you’ve been to this year?
A few of us went to see Dear Seattle at the Northcote Social Club earlier in the year and it’s still a stand out. It was just such a great vibe and you could tell they were all really enjoying themselves and so were the crowd.
Are you playing any shows anytime soon?
We are about to do our first headline tour throughout August in support of our new EP ‘Hidden Desire’. Before that we play an EP release show on July 13th at The Workers Club in Melbourne with our friends Trophy Eyes!
What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a band?
We were recently selected as the Triple J Unearthed feature artist of the week and had the opportunity to go into the Triple J studio for our first radio interview. That was a really cool experience for all of us and we were really stoked to be selected!
How would you describe ‘success‘ for your band?
Just playing fun shows with lots of people jumping around like idiots like we do on stage. If we can do that on a more regular basis then we will be wrapped. We’ve all wanted to do that since we were kids.
Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?
Definitely listen to Dear Seattle, Harbours and Fever Speak.