Joyfest Day 2: Brixton – Meet The Bands

We’ve pulled out all the stops for part two of our Joyfest weekend, with seven fantastic bands playing at our favourite London venue, The Windmill, for just a fiver.

All of them have had links to the website or radio show in one way or another over the past decade and a half, and it’s shaping up to be a fantastic show.  We’ll also be continuing the launch of our Joyzine:15 charity compilation album, which will be on sale at the show at the reduced price of £5.

Providing your musical entertainment for the day will be:

Rat The Magnificent

Rat The Magnificent (6)Raw, fuzzed up punk noise.  Their debut album, The Body As Pleasure, has been one of our favourites of the year so far, mixing deep drone textures, crunching gear changes and thrashy rock-outs.

This will be the band’s second Joyfest and they’ve also appeared at our Croydon live shows and as guests on The Joyzine Radio Show.

Vienna Ditto

vienna dittoQuite possibly the band who’ve played more Joyfests than any other, we’ve loved Vienna Ditto ever since receiving the demo of debut single ‘Long Way Down’ the best part of a decade ago.  Since then they’ve released a consistently excellent stream of sci-fi voodoo blues EPs, and their fantastic debut LP Circle, the follow-up to which is due later this year.

Time Dilation Unit

tduMaking their live debut at this year’s Joyfest, Time Dilation Unit describe themselves as “stomping, paranoia fuelled psychedelic space-circus glam rock”, and who are we to disagree?

Featuring a number of faces that you may recognise from Joyzine favourites of the past, they’ve already piqued the interest of BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq, who has chosen their debut single ‘Pain In My Side’ as his ‘Lamacq Livener’ and is playing it on his show every day this week.

Young Sawbones

DSC_0024Young Sawbones is Ben Fox Smith, formerly of First, Serafin and Stony Sleep, the latter of whom had a huge influence on me as a burgeoning music obsessive, and are one of a handful of bands that I can trace back to and hold responsible for my having devoted the past fifteen years to photographing, filming writing and generally banging on about new music.

His new material takes a less spiky, more subtle approach, crafting subtle, intricate earworms that stick with you long after the final note has rung out.

Stephen Evens

DSC_0118We first came across Stephen Evens as the drumming frontman of Stuffy & The Fuses, back in the days that such a thing was unheard of unless you were Phil Collins (though thankfully that’s where the similarities ended).

Since then, along with stints behind the kit for Graham Coxon, Charlotte Heatherley, Art Brut and many others, he’s also graced the Joyzine stage with Local Girls and Hot Sauce Pony, as well as his solo incarnation.  Debut LP Bonjour Poulet made our albums of the year list and Stephen has also appeared as a guest on The Joyzine Radio Show.

Useless Cities

useless citiesPerhaps the most recent discovery for us on this year’s line-up, we’ve been wowed by the building post-rock of Useless Cities’ recent singles and EPs, with latest release ‘A Little Too Obtuse’ being selected as our video of the day.

Theirs is a brooding, expansive sound and we’re very much looking forward to experiencing it live.

Emily Magpie 

emily magpieGetting proceedings off to the best possible start will be Emily Magpie, who we first met during our time at Croydon Radio, where she appeared as a guest both on The Joyzine Radio Show and at one of the acoustic showcase gigs that we organised.

Creating mesmeric dreampop from layers of ukulele and looped vocal harmonies, Emily creates lush, hopeful songs, as showcased on singles ‘Same Stuff’ and ‘Witching Hour’  – make sure that you arrive early to catch her set.

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