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Juliette & the Licks Biography


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Birth Place: United States
Years Active: 2003–2009
Genres: Rock, Garage Rock Revival


Juliette and the Licks were an American rock band led by actress Juliette Lewis and formed in Los Angeles in 2003. The band members consisted of guitarist Craig Fairbaugh and guitarist Emilio Cueto, bassist Jason Womack, and drummer Ed Davis. Their popular songs include "You're Speaking My Language" and "Hot Kiss.” Lewis also did a cover of PJ Harvey's "Hardly Wait" and "Rid of Me" in the film Strange Days before forming Juliette and the Licks. The band broke up in 2009.

Juliette and the Licks became a reality when Lewis accompanied Patty Schemel, drummer for Hole, to a Blondie concert and found herself staring at fate. She became instantly inspired by the “live” element of the show and knew it was her calling. Juliette began to reach out to everyone she knew to find musicians to accompany herself and Patty. The Licks original line-up were Juliette on vocals, Patty Schemel on drums, Todd Morse on guitar, and Paul Ill on bass. Juliette and the Licks released their first EP, “...Like a Bolt of Lightning” in 2004 on Fiddler Records, which was shortly followed by the release of their debut album “You're Speaking My Language.” The album spawned their most successful single "You're Speaking My Language,” and the less successful, disco influenced "Got Love to Kill.” Fans flocked to Johnny Deep's club, the Viper Room in Hollywood where the Licks first played, to get at look at Lewis's musical incarnation.

The Licks drummer left the band shortly after the release of the album and the Licks recruited Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl to fill the gap. The band hit the road to support the album and began writing material for their sophomore album. Grohl, in turn, asked the licks to be a guest act at the Foo Fighters sell out Hyde Park performance on in June 2006, with other acts Angels & Airwaves, Queens of the Stone Age, and Motörhead. At the same event, Lewis and Moa Holmsten from Meldrum came on stage for one of Motörhead's songs to do backing vocals. “Four on the Floor,” was released in 2006, with "Hot Kiss" being one of the Licks' most successful singles. Juliette and the Licks went on tour in late 2006 throughout America and parts of Europe, opening up for Muse, and Chris Cornell, in support of the new album.

2007 saw more line-up changes for the band, but continued on with their tour and performed at MTV Brasil's Music Awards show. The band also appeared at the 2008 MTV Music Video Awards show in Sydney, Australia. The band's song "Inside The Cage" can be heard in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV on the Radio Broker station, where Juliette herself is the DJ. In a 2009 Myspace blog, lead singer Juliette Lewis announced the band was at the "end of its run,' explaining that she needed a change to grow as an artist, Lewis has formed a new band and released a studio album, “Terra Incognita,” it was released in 2009.