Anything you’ve heard about Joy Again may or may not be true.Arthur Shea and Sachi DiSerafino, the two twenty-two-year-old songwriters behind the projectthey call Joy Again, met way back in kindergarten. They lived five minutes away from each otherin Glen Mills, Pennsylvania and played on the same baseball team in third grade. Then theyweren’t friends for a long time — until they reconnected freshman year of high school andbonded over a shared love (and hate) of music. Arthur and Sachi started playing music togetherand Sachi transferred to the boarding school Arthur was at, Westtown, in eastern Pennsylvania.The pair shared a dorm room for the next two years where they used to stay up ‘til the weehours watching Breaking Bad and sleep talking to each other in that room. Joy Again’s earlysingles, the hazy, anxious crush songs “How You Feel” and “Looking Out For You,” came fromthat time.A lot has happened since then.After high school, Arthur and Sachi moved with some friends to a house in West Philadelphia tomake music all the time. Over the years, Joy Again sprinkled a smattering of infectious EPs andsingles, and in spring 2018 released 30 tracks they’d recorded from 2014-2015, their senioryear, titled Forever. Joy Again, which Sachi and Arthur refer to as more of a collective than aband, toured with Rostam at the start of 2018, and with JPEGMAFIA that summer. Now superfresh off an entirely sold-out circuit with Wallows, these boys are no doubt bringing their freshtake on pop music to the masses.Arthur and Sachi are the principal components of Joy Again, but their bandmates, BlaiseO'Brien (Bass), Will Butera (Drums), and Zachary Tyndall (Keys) play crucial roles in songconstruction as well—as do their collaborators including producers Caleb Laven (Frank Ocean)and Matty Tavares (BADBADNOTGOOD). Their new record, a seven-song EP titled Piano thatwill be out August 7, has been a long time coming, written a few years ago and recorded overmany different sessions.Arthur says his songs sound “slushy, like a swamp or something,” and that Sachi’s sound ismore like the theme for Dr. Wily’s Castle in the classic Nintendo game Mega Man.They agree that Joy Again was once more of a straightforward rock band. But now —“It’s like, I don’t even know what the fuck it is,” Sachi says. And that’s the beauty of Joy Again.Who even knows?
It’s not easy for people with strange, sometimes puzzling minds to control the sounds in their heads and effectuate them into meaning. Los Angelean musician Noah Champ has one of those elusive minds: neither here nor there, but somewhere in between. His haunting and cinematic strain of mid-fi pop music, penned field trip, exposes his fascinations with memory, melancholia, emotional vacancy, and personal and social apocalypse, and he has etched these curiosities on tape for us to indulge in.
After moving to New York in 2014 to study music production, Noah Champ (singer/drums) has since been joined by a rotating cast of live band members including Claire Gilb, Phillip Braun, Nico Geyer, Will Sacks, and Skyler Young. Three years of recording both at home and in the studio, and performing alongside acts such as Cloud Nothings, Homeshake, and Sunflower Bean find field trip tapping into further reaching sounds, connecting the dots between the likes of Factory Records alums, early trip hop, and space-age California. The band has released two cassettes via NYC label Invertebrate, and plans to release a new LP in 2019.
"...field trip sounds like what happens when memories of the dreamy, warm California sunset melt into the cold anxiety of lonesome New York City nights." - The FADER
“...'never' is the first song off the group’s forthcoming debut album, and it loops and spirals with the same kind of mesmerizing, warm guitars that made Real Estate beloved, before venturing into destroyed pop territory. At points the sounds seem like they’re melting a little, held too close to the flame of memory, and a jazzy breakdown surfaces at the end like a sudden afterthought..." - Stereogum
"...classic human void-fear, happening within the delirious insomnia of NYC, becomes an all-encompassing sensation." - Tiny Mix Tapes
King Nun exploded onto the London live scene two years ago, and remain one of the capital's most exciting outfits, building up a fierce live following around the UK. After releasing a string of hype-amassing singles in 2017, the four-piece decided to do things differently to their peers, and took a considerable amount of time off to hone everything in. They returned with a forward-thinking debut EP in tow, which staked their claim as a band ready to explode in 2019. Released in November 2018 via Dirty Hit (The 1975, Wolf Alice, Pale Waves), I Have Love was a remarkable release, tackling a multitude of issues, from dysfunctional family life to abuse and groping at gigs, all centred about love's many forms, but put through the chaotic punk filter that defines the band and their influences. It's an informed, meticulously crafted release that sets the tone for what the Wandsworth quartet can do when they release their debut album later this year.