Juice: The Most Refreshing Band in Years

All photos by Lauren Silvestri

The trend with bands today seems to be a blending of classic genres into an amalgam uniquely its own. Instead of band labeling itself as “rock,” for example, there’s a plethora of sub-genres. While sometimes this newly-deemed genre tag is not quite earned, and yet another example of millennials desperately trying to “stand out,” Boston septet Juice effectively distills rock, r&b and hip-hop into a signature sound – hard to define and even harder to replicate.

Juice achieves this blend by having seven distinct personalities —Ben Stevens [lead vocals], Michael Ricciardulli [guitar], Rami El-Abidin [bass], Christian Rose [violin, vocals], Kamau Burton [acoustic guitar, vocals], Daniel Moss [guitar], and Miles Clyatt [drums]— that always complement and never overpower each other. At their show at World Cafe Live upstairs on April 10th, Juice treated the packed room to rich harmonies, honest lyrics, and festival-worthy choruses. The band kept fans on their toes as they alternated singers, incorporated some rapping courtesy of El-Abidin, and broke into electric violin and guitar solos. In this way, Juice proves that there can be “strength in numbers.”

The band performed their EPs, 2016’s Juice and 2018’s Workin’ on Lovin,’ in their entirety. Highlights included a new song, the mid-tempo “Peace of Mind” and the finale, “Sugar,” a super infectious number that’s poppy but not cheesy.

Check out more photos from their WCL live show below, and keep tabs on the band at their website www.itstimeforjuice.com. 

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