Joyce Manor Are Writing a New Record, Getting Their Songs Covered By Conor Oberst
In the last two years, Joyce Manor have just about everything an up and coming pop-punk band can hope to gain. From putting out a new album on their favorite label, Asian Man Records, to touring Japan and jamming with Conor Oberst on a song they wrote, there's plenty of proud moments to savor.
Recently, on the road with the Bright Eyes front man who brought Joyce Manor on tour with his other project Desaparecidos, Oberst took the Joyce Manor song "Constant Headache" and incorporated it into his set. As far as onstage compliments from one of your idols, it doesn't get much better than that.
"We had no idea they were going to pull that shit out. By the end of the tour we were playing it with them all together on stage. It was a fucking weird surreal dream come true," says Joyce Manor's bassist Matt Ebert.
Sitting in the West Hollywood studio The Lair, Ebert takes a moment away from recording their latest effort to gather himself and look at where he's been in the last year.
Since they started out in Torrance in 2008, Joyce Manor's best quality has been the ability to captivate listeners in the first 10 seconds of each song. Their debut album blew the lid off pop-punk, which by 2011 seemed to be on some sort of revival kick. While bands like The Wonder Years playing songs similar in style to H20 or New Found Glory, Joyce Manor was attempting to play more emotive pop-punk songs that were made popular in the 1990's emo resurgence with bands like early Weezer and Jawbreaker.
"I would say [the new album] is closer to [our first, self-titled album] in the sense that the songs are more straightforward and not so much experimental," Ebert says. "I don't want to say our last record was experimental but it was definitely a studio project."
As a band, Joyce Manor is never one to come-off overconfident or arrogant. When stepping onto bigger stages, they look semi-uncomfortable and often times seem nervous. So when talking about a new album, Matt Ebert jumps to a cliché, but in a way that doesn't reek of pretense, but genuine excitement. He said, "We just wanted to make this our best record. I think we've definitely done that."