Juke Baritone & The Swamp Dogs

Juke Baritone & The Swamp Dogs

 Sydney, New South Wales, AUS
BandAlternativeCabaret

Juke Baritone and The Swamp Dogs underscore life with their bent mix of music, theater and cabaret that's shaken and stirred into a dark cocktail of gypsy punk and pirate blues mayhem that has audiences prostrating themselves for more as musical categories are bled to death on the dance floor.

Biography

Juke Baritone and The Swamp Dogs underscore life with their bent mix of music, theatre and cabaret that's shaken and stirred into a dark cocktail of gypsy punk and pirate blues mayhem that has audiences prostrating themselves for more.

Like a drifter or a fugitive, Juke's growling songs about love and life are dished out by his raucous ensemble on the bacchanalian dinner table of his wild cellar bar.

There's a dirty sound reminiscent of a Louisiana gravel road coming from the organ and a tormented reverend is at the helm whipping his flock into a naked frenzy. He is laughing psychotically as he leads them through the dark and dirty corridors of hell...

Welcome to the church of Juke Baritone. Where raising hell has never been so much fun.

“People just lap it up.” says Juke, “I'm always surprised by the diversity in the crowd...apparently we cross some great divide in music where we've got heavy metal dudes screaming next to swing dancers next to gay couples, indie kids and hip hop heads...and they all love it!”

Not for the faint of heart, this intoxicating show has the tendency to turn ordinary people into raving fans and make others walk out in disgust as musical categories are bled to death on the dance floor.

“..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...”
Promoter (AU)

“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

Watch some video footage: http://www.youtube.com/jukebaritone

Lyrics

Ya Said Ya Loved Me

Written By: Brett Hewison

Ya said ya loved me
But you've gone and cheated on me
Now I'm so lonely
Lonelier that I've been for years
I'm lonelier than I've been for years!
Why am I so lonely?
But I keep on holding back my tears
I'm holding back all my tears!
Ya see I hold back my tears swallow my pride
Take it all together take it all in my stride
Why don't ya love me, no more? No more!
Why don't ya love me, no more? No more!
Why don't ya love me no more, baby...

I'm waiting for you again!

Ya said ya need me
But you've gone and left me far behind
Ya left me all the way over there!
Why don't ya need me, no more? No more!
Why don't ya love me no more?
But I hold back my tears swallow my pride
Take it all together take it all in my stride
Why don't ya love me, no more? No more!
Why don't ya love me, no more? No more!
Why don't ya love me, no more, baby...

I'm waiting for you again!

Ha! Ha! Ha!

Under The Umbrella

Written By: Brett Hewison

** Instrumental **

O H!

Written By: Brett Hewison

This here's a little cautionary tale
About a man named H you might know him well
He got in the habit of injecting his dreams
Straight in the back of his eyeballs it seems
O H!
He was looking for something for something he couldn't describe
He was wanting for something for something to be so alive
Oh he was lonely and wanted to be so cool
O H! You ended up looking like quite the fool
O H!
Well he had big dreams he wanted to run the city
O H! It's such a pity, such a pity
O H! You could have been the biggest man around town
O H! If you hadn't dragged yourself on down

** CH **:
O H! is the hunter, the harley or the hound
H is a friend of mine but he's never quite around
H is no beauty queen, I'm sure that you'd agree
O H! well he's standing for something that's standing between you and me

O H!

O H!
Well you ran yourself down on the wrong side of town
O H!
Well you ran yourself down with the wrong sorts of crowd
O H!
All that time spent digging it up and tearing it down
O H!
All that money spent on shooting your dreams around

O H!

Discography

The Last of the Kings - Radio Single 2009
Juke Baritone - Self Titled Album / Bag Lady Records 2007
Ya Said Ya Loved Me - single 2007
Juke Baritone & The Swamp Dogs - The Salted Man 2009

Set List

The band can perform up to three sets, 45-60 minutes each, of mostly original material and ranging from sit down dinner cabaret style to sweat dripping from the ceilings dancing and drinking mayhem.

A sample set list might go something like this:

Fade Out - Juke Baritone
Neighbor - Juke Baritone
Lover - Juke Baritone
Missed Me - The Dresden Dolls
Oh Yeah - Juke Baritone
I Put A Spell On You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Old Joe - Juke Baritone
Good Times - Juke Baritone
Under The Umbrella - Juke Baritone
Bill Hicks - Juke Baritone
O H! - Juke Baritone
Shadrack - Louis Prima
Ya Said Ya Loved Me (The Swamp Dog Stomp) - Juke Baritone