The Juice are a new band. You probably haven't heard of them – they even smell new. A bit plasticky.
They play an original type of 'almost reggae' with lots of intricate, interlocking rhythmic components inspired by African drumming, memorable melodies and a sense of humour so dry that it might make your face peel. In a good way.
Led by Jacob Kinniburgh (on drums, philosophy and irritation), the band comprises Zahra Kassem (on vocals, wit and intrigue), Nick Hermanus (on guitar, sweaters and handsome), Leon Duncan (on xylophone, keys and boyish charm) and Gerard Assi (on guitar, hirsuteness and magic).
Band members' individual accomplishments include: a runner-up trophy in the City of Lilydale's 'Most boyishly handsome guitarist competition', a certificate from Thornbury's Safeway's general manager for 'favourite busker', recognition and acceptance from the staff at Northcote Lambs, crossing Sydney road in busy traffic with a xylophone and a sash for 'pie-eating champion' at the Bairnsdale show.
Their debut musical release will be recorded in 2014. In case you NEED TO HEAR THEM NOW, here is a very rough recording from a gig they did once:
For more information or gig bookings, send Jacob an email or look on The Juice at the Twitter and Facebook.