This weekend we’ll be celebrating 15 years of Joyzine with a pair of shows at two venues that hold a special place in our hearts. First up on Saturday 28th July we’ll be at The New Cross Inn, site of the first ever Joyzine gig back in 2004.
For just £5 you’ll be treated to three of our favourite bands of the past decade and a half: The Indelicates, Mega Emotion and Dexy. We’ll also be launching our Joyzine:15 compilation album, which will be available for the special reduced price of £5 at our Joyfest shows.
So without further ado, we give you the bands:
There have been very few bands that we’ve covered over the years that have shown the sheer scope of ambition, both on record and behind the scenes, as The Indelicates. From our first encounters with them back in 2005 as a provocative cabaret-punk outfit upsetting Libertines fans with their treatise on the media obsession with seemingly doomed musicians ‘Waiting for Pete Doherty To Die’, through full-length stage musical David Koresh Superstar and surreal internet-age concept album Elevator Music to their most recent offering Juniverbrecher, which saw them exorcise an evil Brexit-orchestrating spirit in the form of seaside terror Mr Punch, there has rarely been a dull moment.
Add in their pioneering of the ‘pay you want’ and pre-Kickstarter fan funding models of their DIY label Corporate Records, and there are few bands who have so fully embodied the independent spirit that we strive to achieve ourselves.
Formed around the core duo Simon & Julia Indelicate, this will be an extended full band show. Their track ‘Everything English Is The Enemy’ features on the Joyzine:15 album.
East Anglian synth-punks Mega Emotion were formed from the ashes of cult lo-fi heroes Bearsuit. They’ll be bringing their stripy robes for a second consecutive Joyfest performance with a fresh batch of new songs (last year’s performance was captured here by the ever wonderful John Clay).
Last time we saw them the show featured synchronised drumming, on-stage hair cutting and a great deal of screaming, so prepare for a visual and audio treat.
Where to begin with South London country-punk troubadour Dexy? Veteran of several past Joyzine shows, one of our most frequent guests on The Joyzine Radio Show (including our first following our switch to Wandsworth Radio last year), goalkeeper for the ill-fated Joyzine Soccer Six football team, and all-round top fellow.
Dexy released his debut album Tear It Down last year, mixing in blasts of catchy power-pop in with the rockabilly and melancholic singer-songwriter sounds of his earlier work. He will be performing a solo acoustic set at the show.