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Artist Close-Up: Joywave Show Relationships Can Be A Trip

Part fun and part confrontational, Joywave is the kind of artist that I enjoy. They make music that instrumentally spikes up and down like a heart monitor, while lyrically creating verses that flesh the heart’s troubles. Their newest songs, “It’s A Trip”, is as fun as the jet skis they ride, but their words do have real depth like, the ocean, and turn the video from a vibrant ride to a visceral one.
Joywave – It’s A Trip! (Official Video)

So many songs are about the many moments, in life, when we have no clue what we want from it. We know we want “something”, but ask us to describe it in a speech or text, and, suddenly, we drop down to kindergarten levels of expression. Yet, Joywave’s “It’s A Trip” can also be seen from the perspective of waiting for your partner to, hopefully, see that he or she wants you. As the the band ages from bright, young men riding with beautiful women to basic skeletons still riding with beautiful women. The video is a twisted symbol for feeling dried by a relationship that has taken all the flesh from you, and now feels as dusty as a sack of bones. Thus, leave it to Joywave to make a song that easily presses play to our emotional confusions, while being wavy and brisk in composition. Its guitar melodies have a mystery-noir feel that seems found by the dark bass and drums. All these arrangements conjoin, to give lead singer Daniel Armbruster a vocal platform to ooze the draining exhausting feeling of giving the world to someone, and still feeling like they are in another emotional planet.

Armbruster’s voice is as succinct as it is distinct. He is sentimentally clear with “fluffing” up notes to push the lyrical rawness of being used. I like a voice that naturally emanates meaning and Armbruster has it. Thus, “It’s A Trip” is another addictively creative step for this rousingly acclaimed band. For More Information On Joywave Click Here.

Joywave Live:
* = with Young The Giant, Cold War Kids
Sat 05.20 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (101WKQX Piqniq)
Wed 08.02 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre *
Thu 08.03 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Hill Amphitheatre *
Fri 08.04 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre *
Sat 08.05 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Amphitheatre *
Tue 08.08 – Papillion, NE @ Sumtur Amphitheatre *
Fri 08.11 – Seattle, WA @ Wamu Theater @ Qwest Field *
Tue 08.15 – Morrison,CO @ Red Rock Amphitheater *
Thu 08.17 – Albuquerque, NM @ Villa Hispana @ EXPO *
Fri 08.18 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl *
Sat 08.19 – Reno, NV @ Grand Theatre at Grand Sierra *
Sun 08.20 – Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheatre *
Thu 08.24 – San Diego, CA @ Open Air Theatre *
Fri 08.25 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl *
Sat 08.26 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre *
Thu 09.07 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC @ Riverbend *
Fri 09.08 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheatre *
Sat 09.09 – Chicago,IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion *
Sun 09.10 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live! *
Wed 09.13 – New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage *
Thu 09.14 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion *
Fri 09.15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier @ Penn’s Landing *
Sat 09.16 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion *
Tue 09.19 – Charlottesville,VA @ Sprint Pavilion *
Thu 09.21 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live *
Fri 09. 22 – Jacksonville,FL @ Daily’s Place *
Sat 09.23 – Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheatre *
Tue 09.26 – Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Concert Hall *
Thu 09.28 – Oklahoma City ,OK @ Criterion *
Fri 09.29 – Dallas, TX @ Irving Music Factory *
Sat 09.30 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Outdoors *
more dates to be announced