Milwaukee enigma JUICEBOXXX has released the lead single from his forthcoming EP, out next week via Dangerbird Records. ‘Ripping Up My Soul’ is a rock and roll appraisal of a rock and roll lifestyle. “This song is about subculture as a weird spiritual surrogate, and trying to navigate a life after years of rock and roll damage,” says the man himself. “Coming to grips with this force that has both given your life meaning but also made it deeply confusing. Sometimes I feel trapped in the basement, the dive bar, the warehouse, whatever… There is a punk rock version of “Catholic guilt” and I don’t really know how to process it. Some people end up dying. But I continue write songs. And try to take it one day at a time.”
Juiceboxxx’ forthcoming EP ‘Never Surrender Forever’, co-produced by Juiceboxxx and Aaron Espinoza (Elliott Smith, The Breeders), is set for release 14 September, prior to his tour of the UK & Europe (see full dates below). The title track to the EP has also been released, showcasing a move towards transcendental power pop and punked-up indie rock. Juiceboxxx’ music always aims to blur genre lines and his bombastic live performances have zoned in on a one of a kind synthesis that combines the fury of punk with a cathartic, hook-happy approach.
THU 20 SEP – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
FRI 21 SEP – Lincoln, NE @ Lincoln Calling: Bodega’s Alley
SAT 22 SEP – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
SUN 23 SEP – Madison, WI @ Mickey’s
MON 24 SEP – Chicago @ Empty Bottle
THU 27 SEP – Berlin, DE @ Internet Explorer
FRI 28 SEP – Flensburg, DE @ Volksbad
SAT 29 SEP – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
SUN 30 SEP – Neremburg, DE @ Kulturezentrum K4
TUE 02 OCT – Amsterdam, NL @ Q-factory
THU 04 OCT – Brighton, UK @ Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
FRI 05 OCT – Bristol, UK @ Hy-brasil
SAT 06 OCT – London, UK @ Shacklewell Arms
” …on “Destruction and Redemption” he kicks it into high gear, pulling 77 power-pop into neo-hardcore territory, resulting in a track that’s as catchy as it is thrashy. This rips, man.”
“JUICEBOXXX proved to be more than capable of forming a strange almagamation of rap, punk, pop and classic American-minded rock…Freaked Out American Loser, has a sublime streak coursing through it.”
– The 405
“This punk rapper from Milwaukee merges punk rock and rap so seamlessly, the end result is different yet familiar, polished yet effortless, and from start to finish, a nearly 30-minute banger.”
– Alt Press
“Raised within the noise, punk rock, and underground rap communities of Wisconsin, Juiceboxxx has found a way to merge those sounds cohesively.”
– Mass Appeal
“…he’s a living document of a passion pursued, tattooed with euphoric successes…Now that the prevailing global mood matches Juiceboxxx’s freaked out intensity, the world may have found a tragically contemporary rap anthem.”
– The Fader
“Music lovers who were sonically aware in the late ’90s and early aughts will find a lot to like in Juiceboxxx’s debut single ‘Freaking Out’. The tune somehow manages to incorporate in one single track some of the most mind blowing music of that era, from Beck’s quirky-yet-groovy production style to the punchy and synthetic big beat of The Chemical Brothers, while adopting a tense rapping style in part reminiscent of The Beastie Boys.”
– The Deli NYC
“…for so long people beyond a certain circle didn’t know what to make of him. But maybe that anxious energy of his music will be appreciated by folks wading through the uncertainty and insanity of the circus sideshow that is America 2k17.”
– Tiny Mix Tapes
Juiceboxxx is the rare artist who shares space with everyone from emo rappers to noise musicians to power pop bands. His music aims to cross genre lines and make an argument for the continued transcendent power of peak energy American music.
After unleashing his no apologies punk rap statement Freaked Out American Loser, Juiceboxxx moves forward with his new EP Never Surrender Forever, out September 14th on Dangerbird Records. Recorded with his live backing band and co-produced by Juiceboxxx and Aaron Espinoza (Earlimart, Elliot Smith, The Breeders), the EP reflects the artist’s sustained development, moving into a new gear with a singular-yet-accessible brand of guitar music born in the underground but ready for the main stage.
With a new recording partner in Espinoza, Juiceboxxx has shed the art-damaged feel of his past recordings in favor of a big, high fidelity sound that the songs deserve. “In some ways, the recordings and the live show have intersected, but never been on the exact same page,” Juiceboxxx says. “My new music aims to more thoroughly communicate what I feel is the most special thing about the show and the band and put that to record.”
In his one of a kind career—how many people can say they have had a book written about them (The Next Next Level by Leon Neyfakh) before the age of 30—Juiceboxxx has touched on a variety of American music forms (everything from noisy rap to freaked out hardcore), but the past few years of live shows have zoned in on a one of a kind synthesis that combines the fury of punk with a cathartic, hook-happy approach that is at once informed and accessible.
“I come out of some pretty deep scenes, but I’ve always wanted to make music that can connect with a lot of people,” Juiceboxxx says. “I think in the coming year I’m going to finally deliver this elusive sound that’s been in my heart for a long time. I have a reason to keep living and I have a reason to change my life and it’s all because I still believe in the music.”