Pop-punk four-piece JOYCE MANOR’s 2011 self-titled debut record was hailed as genius by more than one music critic and the album found its way onto many a 2011 Best-Of list. Now, just a few weeks into 2012, the band has announced that their sophomore album, titled Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired, will be released on Asian Man Records on April 17, 2012.
Alternative Press released the tracklisting as well as the cover art for the album today – they can be viewed online at: http://goo.gl/EhV9i. Recorded with Jack Shirley at Atomic Garden Studios in Palo Alto, CA, Of All The Things I Will Soon Grow Tired is a step in a new, more dynamic direction for the band. Says bassist Matt Ebert about the forthcoming record, “There are a handful of songs that fit right in with the songs on the first record, and there are some that sound very different – there are definitely some 1980’s British pop influences on this one. I think it sounds like a pretty logical progression for us, we never want to make the same record twice!”
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Critical acclaim for the band and their self-titled debut album reached fever-pitch in 2011, making them one of the most buzzed-about bands of the year. LA Weekly singled out Joyce Manor as “one of the most promising bands” in LA, while Absolutepunk hailed them by saying, “Joyce Manor have become the poster child for the young band that does everything right.” Alternative Press called their debut a “sprightly, enjoyable record,” and Bring On Mixed Reviews commented, “It’s rare that a band gets it this right with their first effort,” while Decoy Music claims “Joyce Manor is one of a few bands to do their forefathers proud.” Perhaps Punknews put it best and most simply though, when bestowing upon the band the honor of Album of the Year, that “Joyce Manor is everyone’s favorite new artist. Those who disagree are clearly lying.”
Not bad for four guys who describe themselves as having a “taste for bad Chinese food, Thin Lizzy guitar solos, and calling ‘shotgun’.” Says Matt, “We are stoked to be working with Asian Man on this whole thing, it’s a bit of a dream come true for us! Putting out your second record can be kind of scary and a lot of people will listen to it with certain expectations, but we are proud of what we came up with.” With bigger touring plans in the works, the band has also announced plans for a West Coast tour in March and April with more details to come soon (tour dates below).
February 10 – Riverside, CA @ Blood Orange Infoshop
February 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Nomad Gallery
March 2 – Pomona, CA @ VLHS
March 9 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
March 10 – Escondido, CA @ Metaphor
March 23 – Fresno, CA @ Bel-Tower
March 24 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
March 27 – Longview, WA @ Minus World
March 29 – Bellingham, WA @ Jinx
April 3 – San Francisco, CA @ Chrome Store