Art Noise – Live Review – Hotel Pelirocco, Brighton 21/05/16. Review by Jim Diesel.
Le Juki take the baton next and any band that can construct a drum kit from the contents of a freezer box (using said box as a bass drum) are OK by me. They display dizzying levels of virtuosity throwing stop-start rhythms, vocal gymnastics and prog flourishes together with wild abandon.
The Argus – Live Review – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton 08/07/15. Review by Ben Noble.
Man Ray Sky organised and intended to headline this concert, but were unable to make it on the evening.
Lucky for them, they had chosen their support acts well. Each had something different to offer which made for an enjoyable evening of varied musical styles.
The final band, Le Juki, really stepped up and filled the headline slot. A Brighton-based trio, between them they covered keys, acoustic guitar, acoustic drums, keys and a violin. All the members made use percussive instruments, including a bird-call, and all sang vocal harmonies.
This strange mix gave the band a feel somewhere between folk and Native American tribal music. The end result was a vibrant band, at times unpredictable and sporadic, always fun.
XYZ Magazine – Best Of Brighton Review, November 2013. Review by Jimmy Volts.
Musical Family Tree – Gregory & The Hawk brawling with Common Tongues with household objects for weapons. USP – They’re part of the much-loved Beatabet collective.
Why Should We Care? – Their debut album Capillaries (a whopping seventeen tracks!) is an ambitious mix of progressive folk and art pop.
Killer Track – “If You Are Blind”.
Live Review Sheffield O2 30/05/13, opening for Dizraeli & The Small Gods. Review by Anne Grange.
“Le Juki are a quirky three-piece, comprising Kassia Zermon AKA Bunty, on vocals and percussion. The percussion is a little unusual as she plays a wooden box and a large coolbox; the sort of thing usually used for keeping your beer and sausages cold. Its potential as an instrument must have been discovered on a camping trip. The other band members are Lee Westwood with his beautiful acoustic guitar playing and subtle vocals; and Jules Arthur, a classically trained viola player and experimental synth player. The vocal harmonies are spell-binding, combined with analogue synth loops. The sound is thoughtful acoustic folk music with a weird electronic twist. Lee and Jules are also members of tonight’s headline band, Disraeli and the Small Gods.
They play a song with a chorus Eat! Eat! Eat!, combining jazz scat-singing, Django Reinhardt style guitar playing and deranged synth noises. The most intriguing moment of the gig is when Kassia puts a tray on top of the coolbox and sets off various wind-up toys in time with the music, playing a kazoo and tiny toy maracas that must have come from a Christmas cracker. The toys generate a gently evolving sound.
The songs are surreal ad strangely moving. There’s a song about “drowning in a dream”, and it is a very dream-like sound; the song starting with a hand-bell and dreamy, folky vocals. There’s even a song about “an old man waking up in a forest and realising that he’s still pissed”. The set climaxes with human beat-boxing, intense female vocals and the Korg synthesiser in overdrive.”
Live Review – Brighton Source New Music Night @ Pavillion Theatre, March 2013. Review by John Southcoasting.
Le Juki were a threesome comprising the previously-featured Bunty on vocals and rhythms, guitarist Lee Westwood and Jules Arthur on violin and keyboards. The Le Juki thing is a lively mix of experimental dance-oriented songs. The lyrics seemed to touch on capilleries, Star Wars, being buried alive, insects and food amongst other things. But the experimentation comes in the music, which included Bunty playing drums on an up-turned picnic box and Jules picking his violin like a guitar amongst other things. It was sonically inventive and interesting, and ended with the threesome getting their ‘name’ t-shirts in order to sing an acapella song out front of the stage.
Brighton Source Single Review for ‘Forest Of Stick Insects’ May 2013 – Reviewer Liam Lawrence.
Bearded Magazine Live Review ‘Music For Churches @ St Andrew’s, Hove 02/03/11 – Reviewer Norman Miller.