For years I have heard rumors about Jucifer. The couple of times that they have visited Madison I have been unable to attend because work. I am glad I finally had the opportunity to see their show.
The first thing that you notice is the wall of amps.(I was unable to get a picture of the entire setup) Then you wonder if they will actually use them all. I mean, after all it is just one guitar in a small club, how many amps do you need. In the case of Jucifer, a stadium worth of amps seems to do the trick, and they are all used. This show proved to be the best test of my earplugs(which I highly recommend) since I saw SUNN O))) and Boris a few years ago.
Jucifer is a husband and wife two piece band consisting of guitar, drums and vocals. Musically, they have been pioneers in the area of stoner sludge metal for years and continue to define the sound.
Amber plays guitar, sings, and controls all the stage lighting during the show. Quite a feat for one person, but she does it seamlessly. Lighting consists of everything from colored bulbs to lazers to halogen work lamps beaming into the audiences’ eyes. It is all controlled by foot pedals that Amber has set next to her guitar pedals.
The guitar sound if very fuzzy and gritty. Loads of distortion with single notes rarely heard. Amber powers through songs with no regard for the condition of the guitar, as you can tell by it being 30% duct tape. Vocals are mostly growly but coming from a female they aren’t very cookie monsterish.
Edgar doesn’t so much play the drums as has an all out battle with them throughout the show. A minuet into the first song the cymbal was sent falling off the stage. Edgar has a backpack full of drum sticks that he will grab hand fulls of and play with three or four sticks at a time in each hand. If he has no sticks in his hand he will resort to punching the drums.
Overall they put on a great show. It is high energy and relentless. There is no pausing to chit chat with the audiance. They take the stage, play the set, and walk off stage. The wall of sound that hits you, literally hits you. If there was any bass coming through that setup, there would have been a sonic wind in the room. Jucifer is constantly on tour, they live in their RV, so I look forward to catching them the next time they come through Madison.