This week marks a monumental highlight in Juicebox Live’s history, ten years since the promoter company was born. I owe a lot to Juicebox, having discovered some of my favourite bands (such as Concrete Caverns, October Drift, 485C, Strange Bones and BlackWaters to name but a few…) through them. And one of the best bands Juicebox introduced me to are J.W. Paris, a gritty grunge infused rock trio. I saw the band last winter supporting The Amazons, as well as supporting Yonaka back in May. And last Thursday was a long overdue chance to see them play again. The band played alongside Baby In Vain and Blood Dope-Honey, delivering a stunning set to a pretty packed out venue.
The three piece are made up of Aaron on bass guitar and vocals, Dan on lead guitar and vocals, and Josh on drums. The group’s set up is really unique, with Dan and Aaron swapping lead vocals on each track, and changing from lead and backup harmonising vocals within a matter of seconds. Aaron’s voice blends beautifully with Dan’s, each encompassing a harsh raw grit which gives their music that dirty DIY feel. Their set really was brilliant from start to finish; those deep riffs and harsh bass lines work so well with the powerful aggression from Josh on drums. What I love about the band is how tight their sound is; they play with an air of natural carelessness, clearly having lots of fun on stage, but at the same time each riff is perfectly polished, a vivid sharp feel of meticulous tightness to their sound. Genre wise, it’s hard to categorise J.W. Paris into one box. Rather, they transcend a variety of genres, from gritty post punk grunge, to a more bluesy rock sound. Similar to the sexy sound of The Americas or Dirty Orange, their sound is gripping and delicate, laced with a wonderfully rich authentic rock aura. Set list wise, they played classic tracks Lucille, Berlin, and Rapture, as well as new tracks including That’s Why (which they opened with), Charlie, and Darker Side of Paradise. A brilliantly unique and excitingly gritty set from J.W. Paris. the band killed it once again.
The band play the Some Might Say Zine launch next month at Nambucca alongside The Scruff, Judah Gayle, BREED, and Lucie Barât (what a lineup!). Tickets available for £5 on DICE here