Juliette and the Licks

Juliette and the Licks
Background information
Origin United States
Genres Indie rock[1]
Years active 2003–2009, 2015-2016
Labels Hassle Records
The Militia Group
Fiddler Records
Associated acts H2O, +44, The Operation M.D.
Past members Juliette Lewis
Todd Morse
Paul Ill
Patty Schemel
Kemble Walters
Jason Morris
Jason Womack
Ed Davis
Emilio Cueto
Craig Fairbaugh

Juliette & The Licks is an American rock band led by actress and singer Juliette Lewis. Other band members have included 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". The band broke up in 2009. In 2015, Lewis announced the band would be reunited on July 23rd for a show in Los Angeles. The future of the band past this show was unknown until Juliette announced, via her Facebook account on Feb 1st 2016, that the band will play a gig in London's Heaven on May 4th 2016. In June of 2016, Juliette Lewis announced a solo tour leaving the future of The Licks undetermined.


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 and soon, she found what she was looking for. The Licks became: Juliette (vocals), Patty Schemel (drums), Todd Morse (guitar) and Paul Ill (bass). “Todd Morse (H20) is not only an amazing songwriter but a perfect punk-rock rhythm guitarist”, says Lewis. “Paul Ill I’ve nicknamed 'Professor Ill' because he can reference anything from Faces to Black Sabbath to the Police.”[2] Juliette and the Licks released their first EP …Like a Bolt of Lightning, in 2004, 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". The released version of the second single was a remix of the original song, which had a more rock influence.

Juliette Lewis in 2007

Morris left the band before sessions for the 2nd album had begun. The Licks then recruited Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl to fill the gap. Grohl then went on to ask the Licks to be a guest act at the Foo Fighters sell out Hyde Park performance on the June 17, 2006, to around 85,000 people (other acts were 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.

After their performance at Hyde Park, their second album Four on the Floor, was released in late 2006. "Hot Kiss" which was one of the Licks' most successful singles, was the first release from the album, though the following single, "Sticky Honey", proved less commercially successful.

With the release of their second album, Juliette and the Licks went on tour in late 2006 in America and many parts of Europe. They once opened for Muse, and Chris Cornell.

On July 15, 2007, Juliette and the Licks announced on their MySpace page that Kemble Walters decided that it was time for him to go back to his original career as leader of his own band, The Rise. Juliette and the Licks also announced that they would be continuing their tour as planned with a temporary player until a permanent member could be found. In August 2007, Juliette and the Licks chose guitarist Emilio Cueto to permanently fill the spot.

On September 27, 2007, the band appeared at MTV Brasil's music awards, the MTV Video Music Brasil, presenting an award and performing as well.

The band appeared at the 2008 MTVAAs on April 26 in Sydney, Australia. They both performed as one of the headlining acts and presented at the show. They were well appreciated and highly regarded at the Awards Show and at their subsequent gigs in Australia.

As of 2008, Todd Morse is no longer with the band. While there was no official statement made from the Juliette and the Licks camp Morse commented via a MySpace blog on May 1, 2008 he would not be touring with the band on their current tour. Morse stated "Just let me say that I love all you J.&T.L. fans and totally appreciate all your continued interest in my music and life. I don't know what the future holds but this what's best for me right now." Craig Fairbaugh has replaced Morse on the Juliette and the Licks tour.

A remix of 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 featured 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 named: Terra Incognita, it was released in 2009.[3]

2015: Reformation

Since disbanding Juliette and the Licks in 2009, Juliette Lewis has focused mostly on her Hollywood career. Juliette and the Licks have announced they’ll be reuniting for a special show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on July 23rd, 2015. What’s more, the indie rockers are currently working on a new album — their first since 2006’s Four on the Floor — that’s due to arrive in 2016. In a press release, Lewis explained how the idea for a reunion came to fruition. “While recording music with Brad Shultz of Cage the Elephant [she appeared in the band’s recent video for “Take It or Leave It”], I knew I eventually had to put together a killer band. And I thought … Why don’t I get the best band I ever had back together again – The Licks.” “At our peak we were known for our insane chemistry and energy onstage,” she continued. “The last venue I played as a solo act with my other band was El Ray [sic]. I have always loved that venue. I figured let’s start with an amazing hometown reunion show w guest musicians. And take it from there.” The reunion show, set for July 23rd, will reportedly be followed by an extensive European tour later this year. Dates have yet to be announced.

Confirmed as played Saturday 11th June at Download Festival, Donnington, U.K.

Band members

Current members
  • Juliette Lewis – lead vocals, production (2003–2009, 2015-present)
  • Todd Morse – lead guitar, backing vocals, (2003–2008, 2015-present)
  • Jason Womack – bass (2006–2009, 2015-present)
  • Kemble Walters - guitar (2006-2007, 2015-present)
  • Ed Davis – drums (2006–2009, 2015-present)

Previous members
  • Craig Fairbaugh – guitar (2008–2009)
  • Paul Ill – bass (2003–2006) – guitar, synthesizer, rhodes piano, backing vocals, (2006–2007)
  • Patty Schemel – drums (2003–2004)
  • Jason Morris – drums (2004–2006)
  • Emilio Cueto – guitar (2007–2009)
Session musicians


Studio albums
Year Title Chart positions Album
UK Singles Chart[4]
2005 "You're Speaking My Language" No. 35 You're Speaking My Language
"Got Love To Kill" No. 56
2006 "Hot Kiss" No. 50 Four On The Floor
"Sticky Honey" No. 57


  1. Jeffries, David. "Juliette and the Licks". Allmusic. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  2. "A Bold Of Lightning ..:.. Juliette And The Licks Fanlisting". Juliette-lewis.com. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  3. Juliette Lewis Explains Why She Sacked Her Old Band NME.com, March 4, 2009
  4. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 293. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.


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