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There's a big reason why Joywave doesn't like genres. The indie band out of New York hates to be limited to a category when it comes to their sound, but in their case, that's actually a good thing. They weave 80s beats along with orchestral music, and with influences from all over the place, the result is something distinctly original (and super fun). There's no reason not to pick up a pair of Joywave tickets when they roll into town!
Although the band has only been in existence a few short years, Joywave has already toured with some seriously successful electronic, rock and pop acts. They hit the road with Betty Who in 2014, The Kooks a year later in 2015, and have also opened for Bleachers, RAC and even one of their favourite rock acts, the Killers. Soon, they'll be touring again.
Joywave might have their own, truly distinct sound, but they'd still love to work with other acts. Among the artists the band members say they would like to work with, one that's mutually agreed upon is Los Angeles rapper Kendrick Lamar. They note that Lamar is "really versatile" and "not afraid to be a character." As an eclectic artist with lots of influences, Joywave feels that Lamar would be a fun, challenging artist to collaborate with, if the opportunity ever presented itself.
Formed in 2010 in Rochester, New York, Joywave began releasing music the following year. Made up of members who mostly met in high school, the band consists of Joseph Morinelli on guitar, Benjamin Bailey on keyboards, Daniel Armbruster on vocals, Sean Donnelly on bass, and Paul Brenner on drums. They call their sound "2080s," a phrase that includes nods to both 80s new wave and modern orchestral composing, common themes in their music.
Widely recognised for their collaboration with fellow New York band Big Data, Joywave has slowly been carving out a fan base all their own. Eventually, infectious singles like "Tongues" began playing on Sirius XM and The World Famous KROQ in Los Angeles. Rolling Stone named them an Emerging Artist in August 2014, and soon enough, the band began booking high profile tours across the country.
Less than a year after the digital release of their breakout collaboration hit "Dangerous," Joywave dropped their second EP "How Do You Feel?", a short album for which the group released two singles that charted in the United States and Belgium. Their hit singles, "Tongues" and "Somebody New," went on to appear in hit properties like the video game FIFA 15, as well as promotional ads for X Games Austin 2015. Joywave released their debut full-length LP, "How Do You Feel Now?" in mid-2015.
By most accounts, Joywave puts on a fun show. The band members are known to joke around with their audience, and move around a lot onstage. Occasionally, their shows get intense too -- they tend to rock a little bit harder than their albums might suggest. Still, it's all for a good party. Those with Joywave tickets will love dancing along to their high energy sets and pulse pumping beats.
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