SoCal punk band Joyce Manor return with their third album Never Hungover Again. The album follows 2012′s Of All The Things I Will Soon Grow Tired Again. It’s the group’s first on Epitaph Records and is out July 22nd. Earlier this year, the group released the video for the first single, a DIY jiu-jitsu lesson, “Catalina Fight Song” was released in May.
Never Hungover Again certainly has a Smiths-like aspect, a sort of tragic Morrissey-esque feeling. The moody atmosphere is paired with nasal punk vocals and good, catchy guitar hooks. The first track, “Christmas Card” is a prime example. The album has its ebbs and swells. “Victoria” are full of energy but is preceded the final, definitely Smiths’ inspired tone of “End of The Summer”. The lyrics have the raw, emotional appeal of bands like the Front Bottoms and the instrumentation is strong.
Catch Joyce Manor at Union Transfer September 17th. Get more info here. Listen to Never Hungover Again via NPR Music’s First Listen series here.
This summer’s gonna be a good one for punk. So many great new albums are coming out (ie. Kite Party, Tigers Jaw, etc.), and you can add Joyce Manor‘s newest, Never Hungover Again, to that list. However, I have to stress that this album – out July 22 – isn’t likely to be buried. (None of them will be, quite frankly.) The California band recently released the first single from the LP, “Catalina Fight Song,” and it’s hard not to press repeat at least three times. It has a fun video, too, showing the four-piece band trying their hands at jiu jitsu while thrashy guitars chime in the background and heavy drums add to the welcomed chaos.
Is it likely that any local martial arts studio will be using the new album as a warm up? Probably not, but that’s besides the point. The small little preview into the album shows the true character of the band – the fun, and friendship. Speaking on which, that whole friendship aspect can be seen in its cover as well, which will make any Philly punker / house show die-hard / Bandcamp fiend’s heart swoon. Pictured on the front is bassist and vocalist Matt Ebert arm-in-arm with Hop Along frontwoman Frances Quinlan.
Last night Torrence, California punk band Joyce Manor headlined a killer lineup at the First Unitarian Church. Each band on the bill gave a spectacular performances. Local favorites Radiator Hospital started off the night, and their catchy indie pop sound was well-received by the audience. Next to bat was punk rock two piece Holy Death whose awesome performance got everyone’s attention. A few technical difficulties did not stop second opener Glocca Morra from putting on a great performance; their loud punk rock sound launched the first crowd surfers of the night. Headliners Joyce Manor really stole the show with each fan screaming along to every word of their songs. Check out photos of the intense show in the gallery below.
XPN welcomes English indie rock outfit Little Comets to the North Star Bar tonight as part of their successful American tour; the guys recently sold out a show at the Mercury Lounge in New York. Their newest album, Life is Elsewhere, has already been released in the UK, but it’s their American debut and it comes out on August 20th. Check out their catchy tune “Jennifer” below, and find tickets here.
Joyce Manor | Photos by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com
It seems as though Philadelphians will take Conor Oberst any way they can get him.
After playing a stripped down and intimate solo show at the Kimmel Center in November, the singer-songwriter and Bright Eyes frontman returned to Philly Saturday to play quite a different batch of his material – that of his incredibly loud, politically fueled and recently reunited hardcore band Desaparecidos. Continue reading →