The Sydney band have announced they’re calling it quits, with one last tour
One of Bluejuice's two frontmen, Stav Yiannoukas, gives us five reasons for a tearful goodbye.
1. There’s a Retrospective LP, made up of old singles and new material
We made a decision post-Company [2011 album] to be doing singles only, which feels like the new way of doing things, even though it takes us back to the 1960s. Labels with huge pop acts put money into a single to see if it sticks and will drop the band if it doesn’t work and continue on if it does. But for us, ‘SOS’ tanked. The difficulty is that it puts a great deal of pressure on one song to perform, and a lot of media still comes around an album alone, despite the fact that fewer and fewer people buy whole albums. Maybe the music nerds want the full story, which is the album, and music nerds are the people who write stories about music.
2. The three new songs on Retrospective tell the end-of-times story
One’s called ‘I’ll Go Crazy’, which Jake [Stone, co-frontman with Yiannoukas] wrote with Alex Burnett [Sparkadia]. To me it sounds part-breakup, part self-reflection, and I’m not sure if he was breaking up with a girl in his head, or breaking up with us. ‘No Time for Tears’ is a pointedly emotional, mid-tempo ballad, and then George Costanza’… do you remember that Seinfeld episode when George just decides to do the opposite of everything he thinks and everything starts going right for him? That’s what that song is.
3. They’re all off to pastures new
I want nothing to do with music for a while, whereas I think Jake, and Jamie [Cibej]. would still like to do music in some capacity. Jake has a lot of material that is really strong, but somehow the Bluejuice machine didn’t let them get through; they might have been too melancholic. I don’t know if Jake would admit it, because he often wants to feel like his life is going to be miserable, but I think this change has the potential to be excellent for him because he can finally surround himself with people that are excited about doing music again. He now has a bigger platform to work from than he did when he started out. I’m going to teach English and business studies, and coach basketball, which was my first job out of school. I’m also writing kids’ books.
4. Nobody stays in a job for 13 years anyway
I would love to have a lot of that fun back that we were known for, but 13 years in, it’s just hard to keep that. No one stays in a job that long! I used to be excited about going to rehearsals and now they’re becoming a drag. I used to be excited about being in the studio and making music and now that’s become a drag. I used to be excited about live shows and… I’m still pretty excited about live shows. I’m sure the final gigs will be bittersweet, the reality is I’ll miss it a lot.
5. Everybody loves you when you’re dead
Our Facebook page hasn’t seen this much action, ever! We announced it and now it’s like, “We love you so much, why are you doing this?” The reality is, if you don’t give people a strong enough reason to come back then they won’t come back. ‘SOS’ wasn’t a strong enough reason but quitting forever is. But you know, like Spock said to Volaris, in Star Trek 6 The Undiscovered Country when he’s looking at an image of Adam and Eve and they’re falling from grace, “It’s a reminder for me that all things end.”