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Bad Juju was formed in May 2017. Stemming from the ashes of local acts Confession, Lovers Grave , House vs Hurricane and Earth Caller - Vocalist Russ, Guitarist Armarin and bass player Dylan toyed around with the concept of building something completely new.
Russ explains that “We had all been a part of some really heavy bands where the creative process often centred around one or two key members – I wanted to work with people that wrote from the heart, that wanted to create songs with more emotion and diversity and to give ourselves permission to tell stories and express ourselves in other ways apart from bludgeoning people with riffs and sonics.”
This discussion soon culminated in an initial writing session at Dylan’s house – And by the end of that afternoon the band had written their first banger ‘Bloom’
“Armarin brought in a half formed version of the track and it was so fresh and vibrant that we completed the whole thing in one day and within hours of recording the demo we sent it out to Nick and Abe who were close friends from my Lover’s Grave days - I just knew they would be perfect to work with the other guys and round the group off”
It was a perfect fit and the band then set about writing and preparing for live shows whilst ensuring that the manifesto around the music remained in full focus
“We want our band to have the impact that the bands we grew up listening to had. Acts Like Thrice, Citizen and Turnover always maintained that sense of adventure and emotion – we want to make sure what we write is interesting to ourselves and hopefully others enjoy it as well.”
This approach has clearly paid dividends over the last 12 months with all three releases ‘Bloom, Run Away and ‘Moving On’ collecting strong plays across Triple J, Triple J unearthed and The Faction as well as consistent touring opportunities with bands like Void Of Vision, Endless Heights and Introvert.
Currently touring regionally with Trophy Eyes and staring down the barrel of an extensive run with Dream On Dreamer in June 2018 - Russ is emphatic when he discusses the chemistry of the unit and what is ahead for the band
“With Bad Juju Everyone is a diverse contributor and has great ideas - we never get stuck - it’s always fresh. So from here we want to get out there and connect with people, tour as much as we can and play festivals alongside some of the bands we love - from there If we can leave people feeling good and like they can do what ever they set their mind to then we’ll be stoked.”