JUICEBOXXX has unveiled a music video for his punk-informed rock and roll anthem ‘Ripping Up My Soul’ in which he and his band launch the track on an unsuspecting American dive bar and its apathetic patrons. The single is an appraisal of Juiceboxxx’ own 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.”
The single is taken from Juiceboxxx’ new EP ‘Never Surrender Forever’, which was co-produced by Juiceboxxx and Aaron Espinoza (Elliott Smith, The Breeders). Its release precedes a European and UK tour in September and October, culminating in a free show at The Waiting Room in London on 6thOctober. Juiceboxxx’ music always aims to blur genre lines and his bombastic live performances make the ideal argument for the continued importance and significance of peak-energy American music.
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.
27.09 – Berlin – Internet Explorer
28.09 – Flensburg – Volksbad
29.09 – Hamburg – Hafenklang
30.09 – Nuremberg – Kulturezentrum K4
02.10 – Amsterdam – Q-factory
04.10 – Brighton – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
05.10 – Bristol – Hy-brasil
06.10 – London – The Waiting Room