On the Joyzine Advent Calendar we’re giving away free downloads of tracks by artists that we love (including plenty of exclusives and a fair few festive favourites) every day until Christmas Eve on what, as far as we’re aware (and we’re always happy to be corrected), is the longest running such calendar on the web.
As always, the tracks are completely free to download and there’s no need to sign up to any mailing lists to access the songs (though if you’d like to you can join ours here), but if you’re enjoying the tunes we’d love you to make a donation to the wonderful charity Child Poverty Action Group, who work on behalf of the more than one in four children currently growing up in poverty in the UK by providing support to families navigating the social security system, taking legal action to challenge unjust decisions and campaigning for change. You can make a donation on this link.
There have been many bands, artists and labels featured on this year’s calendar that have long-standing relationships with our site, but none go back as far or are so closely entwined with our story as South London promoter, publisher of excellent website The ZineUK and general connector of people Rocklands Artbeat. If I think hard enough I can probably trace about two-thirds of the people I know through music back to Rocklands and its founder Caffy St Luce, and they’ve spotted so many fantastic bands over the years that they’re one of only a handful of promoters whose nights I’d happily turn up to without even checking who’s on the line-up, knowing that there’s a pretty good chance I’ll see something special. For today’s calendar window they’ve picked out two of their current faves, psych-tinged post-punks Lufe Tempo and indie rockers The Outers.
What have you been up to in 2022?
Lufe Tempo: 2022 has been a fun and creative year for us. Our bassist, Claudia joined the band in January and we spent the first half of the year recording, rehearsing and writing new material. Then we started playing our first string of gigs around London from July to October. We played at some great venues like the Amersham Arms, the Cavendish Arms and the Finsbury. Olly joined the band in November as our new drummer and we’ve been having some great practices with him, settling him into the band and enjoying adding a live rhythm section to the mix.
The Outers: We have had a pretty good 2022. Got a lot of gigs under our belts playing the Victoria, Shackenwell Arms, Old Blue Last, Road Trip & Workshop for This Feeling as well as some other gigs. We’ve not stopped gigging this year to be honest. It has been great fun.
We have also released two tracks which are out on all platforms especially iTunes and Spotify. ‘Danger Signs’ and ‘Nobody’s Fool’. Which we recorded at The Old Jet with Tom Hough.
We have put out a music video for ‘Nobody’s Fool’ (below) which we shot ourselves in Phil’s (guitarists) living room. Which you can check out on YouTube. We shot it squeezed into a small boxed space because the green screen we used was tiny but it ended up creating a great fun indie video
We are currently in the editing room finishing off the video for ‘Danger Signs’ which we shot at Rich Mix on Shoreditch.
What do you have planned for next year?
Lufe Tempo: We’re going to record some new tracks with our new line-up. Then we plan to start playing live again early in the year. There’s so many great venues to play around London, so we’re looking forward to checking them out and meeting other bands. It would be great to play some festivals over the summer as well, so fingers crossed for that.
The Outers: Oh well, a lot of fun stuff ahead. Already booked a few shows for the New Year. Waiting on festival confirmation and will be realising 4 more tracks and 2 more music videos. Watch this space
What can you tell us about today’s track?
Lufe Tempo: Our track is called “All These Things”. A wistful for the fabled lost recording of a Boney M and Alan Watts collaboration made at one of those late 90s Desert Sessions, we imagined it back into existence through crusades, bear attacks and misheard lyrics. All these things are true.
The Outers: ‘Nobody’s Fool’ is a fun energetic indie track. Influenced by the early 2000s indie scene. The lyrics are a bit more rebellious and in some ways takes shots at classism but over all it’s a fun track. We just want people to hear it and dance. Full on disco balls and energy. We really hope people listening enjoy as much as we do.
Find out more on the Rocklands website
If you enjoy the tracks, we’d love you to consider making a donation to Child Poverty Action Group
Check back every day until Christmas Eve for more free music – if you’ve missed a day, you’ll find all of this year’s tracks so far on the links below. Merry Christmas everyone!
Day One: Piney Gir – Do Good For Goodness Sake
Day Two: Lost Map Records present Firestations – Swim Under The Winter
Day Three: LOUD WOMEN present Killdren – Expect a Crimewave
Day Four: Scratchy Records present The Rocks, Jonny Cola & The A-Grades, Bromide + Coach Hop
Day Five: Deux Furieuses – Bring Down The Government Home Demo
Day Six: Extradition Order – Bold
Day Seven: Blang Records present Thomas Truax + Faux Fibbers
Day Eight: Alcopop! Records present Dream Nails + Helen Love
Day Nine: MiKey & The SkEletons – On and On
Day Ten: Ben Fox Smith – Human Rights
Day Eleven: Nini Bong + The Fades
Day Twelve: The May + Xqui
Day Thirteen: Hey You Guys! – Onward Christian Soldiers (live)
Day Fourteen: Chemtrails – Gee Whizz Billy Base
Day Fifteen: Hot Sauce Pony – Just Like Christmas
Day Sixteen: Reckless Yes Records present Breakup Haircut, Nervous Twitch, Feral Five, Electric Pets + The Incomprehensible Static
Day Seventeen: Ree-Vo – Protein (Rob Smith Mix)
Day Eighteen: Brace Yourself Records present Italia 90 + Grandmas House
Day Nineteen: Rookery Ensemble + THE FUTURE THAT NEVER COMES
Day Twenty: Tijuana Hercules + The New Royal Family
Day Twenty-One: Holy Popes + The Mining Co.
Day Twenty-Two: Fierce Panda Records present Solar Eyes + Enjoyable Listens