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The Joykiller

The Joykiller: StaticStatic (1996)
Epitaph Records

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Talk about experimental! (well they were at the time) The Joykiller was considered one of the most Unique on the epitaph roster..and still are to this day. I remember hearing the S/T album in '96...and I wondered what the hell is this??? As the album continued on, I found myself really transfixe.
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Talk about experimental! (well they were at the time) The Joykiller was considered one of the most Unique on the epitaph roster..and still are to this day.

I remember hearing the S/T album in '96...and I wondered what the hell is this??? As the album continued on, I found myself really transfixed on a punk sound I've never heard before.

After an effortless search for the S/T album....I stumbled upon "static" and being the impulsive buyer that I am, I picked this up.

It was totally what I expected...An awesome mixture of some SoCal surf rock and pop punk, with some piano thrown in to create an infectious, creative musical concoction that stuck in my head for weeks.

The first song "hate" which is a great song..and also appeared on the punk-o-rama 2 comp. Then on to my favorite song on the album "I dont know" a pretty fast, very melodic tune which sets a good mood for the rest of the record. There are one or two songs that seemed lackluster to me, but other than that setback...a very clean produced, well written and musically well structured album.

Although no longer together, Their first two albums left a huge mark on the SoCal punk scene....and the credentials of some band members are enough to go on...T.S.O.L., blue stingrays etc...

You should check this band out..one word of advice though...Do not buy the album "three" It goes along with nothing I've mentioned about them in this review...it's a little too experimental to be called punk; more like new wave. But the S/T and this record totally kick ass.

I suggest you give this band a listen..It will strike you differently at first, but It has so many musical elements it should appeal to you in some way. If not, It will grow on you.

 

 
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Anonymous (September 17, 2001)

My friend is the piano players cousin!- fathead

coldjuly (September 14, 2001)

Yeah they split because of the rekindling of T.S.O.L. The joykiller will probably be back im sure. The split is temporary..or so I hope.

Anonymous (September 14, 2001)

three was awesome. Just sweet. new wave my ass. Its just good tuneage. 'doorway', and the ever relatable 'ordinary'. Just a great album lyrically, and smooth melodies musically. The tongue in cheek lalala's of 'what its worth' just contrasts with the melancholic lyrics, beautiful.

Then again, its a record that had I not bought it on vinyl, would probably been a different experience. Each side is too distinct from the other.

wyzo

ETx310 (September 14, 2001)

I seriously doubt they broke up because their fans didn't like the last record, they knew almost everyone would hate it to start with. Not long after this "project" ended, TSOL made yet another comeback. That was probably the reason Joykiller ended, Jack Grisham had his priorities straight. This record was their best one in my opinion. "White Boy, White Girl" is a great song too. Ronnie King is also talented beyond belief.

Anonymous (September 14, 2001)

Last I heard they were broken up. partly because most joykiller fans heard "three" and lost all faith in the band.

Bryne (September 14, 2001)

It's not always a good thing when an album is "totally what you expected." Oh, and whatever happened to these guys?

maverick (September 14, 2001)

I've yet to hear this album, but you are right about "Three," it sucks mad balls. I got it for free and still felt guilty for owning it.

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