Juke Baritone & The Swamp Dogs
Gypsy Punk Cabaret and Pirate Blues Mayhem...
Think about Tom Waits with a hangover at a Screamin' Jay Hawkins gig in New Orleans, playing music by Muddy Waters, Danny Elfman and Mike Patton...then you're getting close to a hint of Juke Baritone & The Swamp Dogs.
Comprising of six members and a dozen instruments, the band teeters on the brink of destruction while pounding out their own brand of old world, swampy, cabaret industrial punk blues and wowing audiences at major events and venues with their highly entertaining and outrageous live performances that have the tendency to turn ordinary people into raving fans and make others walk out in disgust.
Blatant songs of boozing, women, drugs and politics, combined with some of the best musicians in Australia, an eccentric, energetic and engaging front man and a real message within the music, makes for a highly entertaining live music experience.
There’s an electric stage show with lots of costumes, drinking, posturing, growling, dancing on tables, drinking, a bit more dancing, falling over and then a little bit more drinking.
It's drunken cabaret gypsy punk mayhem!
“..it might just make the perfect soundtrack to your next night of unbridled debauchery... It's not that they're necessarily drinking songs, or that there's anything inherently evil in the music; the songs just feel like they should be surrounded by alcohol and semi-controlled raucousness, and they bring to mind a dark cellar bar that maybe you haven't even been to yet.. It's fun, but it's the kind of fun that might get you in trouble. The best kind of trouble.”
- CD Baby (USA)
“Who is this crazy person really? I get the impression Juke could be one of those drifter on-the-run-from-the-law forty-passport-seaman types that Tom Waits likes to sing about…”
- Rave Magazine Brisbane (AU)
“Juke Baritone sounds like everything I want out of The Dresden Dolls but never seem to get.”
-Pat Rondon (UK)
“I haven't seen a band like that in twenty years. They broke every rule I asked them not to but it was so worth it...”
“With hard driving Australian Rock based influences and a dirty sound reminiscent of a Louisiana gravel road, lyrics that are naughty and sometimes crude they’ll probably never get airplay on American radio but hey, it’s the Blues. Add to that a real message and you’ll see why I like it.”
- The Blogging Poet