Citrus Jam describes their genre as "Tropical Pirate Manic-ness. Influenced by the likes of Devin Townsend, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Tool, Aqua and Bill Bailey just to name a few". (Citrus Jam Website)
The name Citrus Jam originated over a coffee and a cigarette conversation whilst extremely hungry and discussing toast spreads. The band line up consists of: Citrus Jam – Acoustic guitar/Vocals and Pirate Shred. Low Shredder – Bass guitar/ Low Shred. Scorpios Pinchius – Violin/ Giant Killer Lobster Shred.
Citrus Jam has been currently working intensely on the first full length album and will be unleashing fresh material with the completely new live show during their tour of Melbourne and Adelaide in August and September. Titled 'Shredaliciously Tropical Indeed' this LP starts where their debut CD, Citrus Jam presents tropical pirate manic-ness, left you.
The Album will "take you on a journey for Citrus to achieve complete 'le tropical axe' wielding skills with many epic battles between sea monsters and mysterious creatures plus an off the hook ratio of acoustified metal." (Citrus Jam Website) This high energy, extremely crazy live show will have the place jumping with pirate filled fun and music. With the tour Kicking off in August, it will be a chaotic show not to be missed.
Citrus Jam have just released a fresh demo track 'Scorpious Pinchius' which you will find on the upcoming LP and is a huge theme within the new live show. The song is about a giant killer lobster, who loves to shred the violin and challenges Citrus.
The tour will kick off in Melbourne on the 11th of August at the Vineyard from 10:30pm.
Other shows are as follows;
13th August - Ocean Grove Hotel 10:00pm
20th August – Bebida Bar and Cafe 8:00pm
25th August - Society 9:00pm
27th August – DV8 with H.M.A.S. Vendetta and Severed Oath 10:00pm
1st September – Great Britain Hotel 9:00pm
Thursday 15th September – The Grace Emily Hotel with Todd Sibbin and The Opposite Ends 9pm
Friday 16th September – The Exeter Hotel 9:30pm
Saturday 17th September – Worldsend Hotel with Aphelion plus Bliss Organic Cafe (afternoon Show from midday)
Sunday 18th September – Robin Hood Hotel 4pm
Back to Melbourne;
Friday 23rd September – Vibe on Smith Street 'Melting Pot's Song Writers in the Round' 9pm
Sunday 25th September – Bar Nancy 'International talk like a Pirate Day' 8pm
All shows and tour dates are also available on Citrus Jam My Space and Facebook.
Upon asking the group if they had any pirate stories to share, Citrus Jam revealed their near death experience from their last pirate adventure to Adelaide.
It was during their return voyage home. The cannons were loaded, weapons checked and wooden legs stowed away for safety. The pirate ship they had ordered for the return trip was substituted for a car and subsequently they had to drive home.
This wasn't going so bad as Joey, a loyal friend and Sound Tech, was driving and everything was cruising along very comfortably. Until someone noticed that their cruise control was not turning off. The car was set at 110 kilometres per hour with no way of slowing down. That's not much of an issue if you're driving in a straight line and don't have to stop. But what about corners, overtaking, slowing for the car in front until safe to pass, what happens when we reach a town, traffic lights? The experience was turning into a movie moment.
Citrus Jam could have become marmalade and the pirate legacy could have been over. Fortunately, Joey is not only a sound tech, roadie and very good friend. Turns out he is also a very smart, quick thinking pirate hero. With his superior mind, Joey managed to save the day by working out a way of putting the car into neutral. Drifting along the gravel, he then managed to shut the car down and bring the car safely to a stop, potentially saving the lives of many people.
Upon investigation into the cause of their potential death trap. It was discovered that the service department at the mechanics had inadvertently placed a rag in the air vent that had slowly worked its way down to a point that would have caused an air lock. Thereby locking the cruise control settings and not allowing the control to be turned off. After a 'quick fix and we were back on the road to fight another day as pirates'. (Citrus Jam Website)
Citrus Jam is a band worth checking out. With their original acoustic/ pirate shredding mix, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Check out their live performances and be pleasantly entertained by the absolute talent that is Citrus Jam.