As far as musical ear candy goes, Joywave’s “Doubt” is a tune I’ll play over and over again for my daily mix of neurosis (and catharsis). The outfit plays that standout tune February 8 on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and it’s a performance you shouldn’t miss . . .
There’s a ton of things to love about this Rochester, NY based band, as they didn’t pull the stereotypical rock star move by heading to Hollywood and singing with a big record label. Instead, Joywave continues to find their music by staying true to their roots (the group formed in 2010).
Besides, that idea has gone the way of the dodo bird and the CD (although I’m still a fan of the disc format). Instead, the group recorded their latest album Content in converted barn/studio in Bloomfield, often waiting for cars to go by to ensure the best audio quality for their tracks. What ensued, after four months of production, is a first rate mix of tech, craftsmanlike instrumentation, and excellent songwriting.
Along with being as catchy as f**k, “Doubt” is a song that doesn’t revel in depression but subtly alludes to it (as Daniel Armbruster muses, ‘Cause ever time I close my eyes too tight/It’s the fall of 1929). The idea of conforming to society with a 9 to 5 job and raising a family isn’t criticized in “Doubt,” rather it’s seen as a possible cure for the narrator’s sad state of affairs, even if he’s unsure of how to proceed.
“Doubt” is a track that will be used (if it hasn’t already) in a fair share of TV shows, movies, or even video games, and it’s safe to say that song will shed an even bigger spotlight on Joywave. The group sound great in a live session, as witnessed by the below video:
Joywave’s tour starts February 10th at a sold-out show in Las Vegas (The Bunkhouse). Details on the tour, as well as ticket information, is found here.
If you’re a fan of Joywave or maybe love Rochester, NY, would love to hear more info on both (I’ve just started my Joywave fix after listening to Content). Feel free to comment below!!