FEATURE: JOY AGAIN "COUNTRY SONG"
Emulating the feeling that old sad country songs evoke,
but as if born out of an old computer left to rot in a grandmother’s basement
photo by JOE MILLER
Joy Again is a collaborative project that has served as a coming-of-age musical outlet for the twenty-two-year-old songwriters Arthur Shea and Sachi DiSerafino, to bring together their array of influences – experimental pop, indie rock, shoegaze, lo-fi, country – and a community of like minded musicians around them. For the first single from the EP (produced by Caleb Laven with a little help from Matthew Tavarez of BADBADNOTGOOD), Arthur is at the helm singing about, “emulating the feeling that old sad country songs evoke, but as if born out of an old computer left to rot in a grandmother’s basement.”
Joy Again, which is outstretched by bandmates, bassist Blaise O'Brien, drummer Will Butera, and keyboardist Zachary Tyndall, are the kind of artists that make wiggly, amorphous, starry-eyed indie pop with a ticklishly cynical, wry sense of humor. The kind that inspires lore and bootleg CD singles and an air of mythic mystery.
Over the past few years, Joy Again has sprinkled a smattering of infectious EPs and singles, and in spring 2018 released 30 tracks they’d recorded from 2014-2015 which they titled Forever. Joy Again, which Sachi and Arthur refer to as more of a collective than a band, has since toured with everyone from Rostam to JPEGMAFIA and is featured onBlonded Radio. Now, fresh off an entirely sold-out circuit with Wallows, these boys are no doubt bringing their fresh take on pop music to the masses.
Watch “Country Song” below: