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Joyce Manor

Dan Monick

Joyce Manor, Hotelier, Crying 

When: Sat., Oct. 15, 7 p.m. 2016
Price: $21, $19 in advance
Though emo got harangued during its posthalcyon Billboard assault in the 2000s as a genre that gladly nurtured teen melodrama and perpetual adolescence, its fourth wave pushes past those attitudes. Hailing from Torrance, California, Joyce Manor offer the brand new Cody (Epitaph), an album that punctures the notion of emo as populated by a bunch of thirtysomethings with Peter Pan complexes. With an aptitude for pop-punk influenced by Blink-182 and 90s posthardcore, Joyce Manor got their start with nervy songs that barely pass the one-minute mark. Most of the tracks on Cody are just a hair shorter than three, and the group plays them with a refined patience that allows worlds to flourish. On “Stairs,” the only tune that clocks in longer than four minutes, front man Barry Johnson (who just turned 30) sings about struggling with menial adult responsibilities at 26, his weary voice imparting a sense of grief: “Oh I can’t do laundry / Christ, I can’t do dishes / What’ll I do without you? / When your body fails you.” His vocals and lyrics are straightforward but open-ended, allowing his gaze to fix on an uncertain future. Joyce Manor play their effervescent blend of postpunk as if these songs are all that can keep them grounded as they rocket towards a fate unknown.
— Leor Galil



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