Alright, I'll come right out and say it. I don't really love punk music. There are days it can grab me the right way, but for the most part I dabble in much softer stuff. That being written, I found myself at the Back Booth in Orlando last Sunday seeing a set by Joyce Manor, as they opened for Andrew Jackson Jihad.
Hot damn, was it something. For starters, the crowd was ridiculously into it. Flailing their bodies left and right, crowd surfing, stage diving, jumping on stage to sing with the band, hug the band, etc. It was absolutely one of the most surreal, intense and enjoyable concert experiences I have ever seen.
And then there was the band.
Wow. Their guitar work was incredible. The rhythm section was air-tight and even the sub-par vocals had a bit of urgency and energy that isn't fully captured on record.
Quite honestly, I knew very little about Joyce Manor before the show. I had read Blake's review of the new album and I had heard many people gush over what a great record it was. Then I heard that it was less than 20 minutes long and I figured why not give it a shot. Sure it's nothing earth-shattering or groundbreaking to me, but it is still enjoyable, and I can honestly say I am a fan.
I've seen a lot of live bands this year, I'm not sure anything will match those 32 minutes of Joyce Manor in Back Booth.
For pictures and a far better write-up, head here.