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Joey Terrifying

Joey Terrifying: The First DemoThe First Demo (2008)
Ska and Reggae

Reviewer Rating: 4.5

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There is a general feeling within certain quarters of the Scottish DIY community that the ??scene' is fairly desolate at present; it is sparse, filled with apathy and gradually fizzing dry of energy. It is bizarre and ironic then that such depressing times have produced one of the most exciting bands in recent memory -- Joey Terrifying. The band are essentially an amalgamation of the four members' previous projects, which span over a decade, with Joey Terrifying embodying a distilled version of all the finest elements of these projects combined into one.

The First Demo contains only three songs, filled with energy, anger, disillusionment and alienation which is expressed passionately and articulately via the band's poignant lyricism: "Feeling a little bit like Holden Caulfield / Transcending emotional minefields / If you're taking a trip that leads nowhere / How're you going to know when you've got there?"

In musical terms the band are not out of place in the category of third wave ska (or fourth wave, if like Tomas Kalnoky you believe it exists), mixing elements of punk rock and hardcore with ska to explosive effect. The quality of the musicianship is at times astounding, the bass played with almost unbelievably ferocious speed, intricacy and power accompanied by solid, rapid and creative drumming. The guitarist also showcases some insane ability -- not to be outdone by the mind-blowing rhythm section -- with both flawless rhythm and lead playing; the solo on "Troubled Times" is case in point here, as is the chilled out El Hefe-sounding lick on the ode to marijuana, "A Girl Called Mary."

It would be easy to compare Joey Terrifying to bands like Capdown or maybe Citizen Fish, but ultimately the band are not overtly derivative. They are doing something that has been done before but not often has it been done this well -- and that's why they stand out like a sore thumb. So do yourself a favour and check them out, and at the same time you'll be supporting a DIY community that's on its hands and knees begging for an injection of adrenaline; the band are doing their bit -- now you do yours.

The First Demo


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syebot (June 16, 2009)

These guys fucking kill it live.

miniblindbandit (January 14, 2009)

pretty good.


DP: Wake and bake, dude, wake and bake. Are you holdin?
Frylock: No.
DP: Did William Holden come to the party?
Frylock: No.
DP: You got Holden Caulfield in there, man?
Frylock: No, WE don't do that here.

HumanUnkind (January 13, 2009)

Good review. Almost as if you know these guys. This demo, I agree, is BRILLIANT, and I can't wait to see them live.

I'm reasonably positive about the Scottish scene although it is pretty dire in places and it sort of feels like it's going nowhere. These guys, the murderburgers, hey vampires and some others totally rule. These guys are totally gonna stand out in the next year for whatever they do.

I may as well plug my band, as I'm Scottish, while I'm here. We're called Sonrisas and we play moody hardcore. www.myspace.com/sonrisasband. The songs on our myspace/purevolume were recorded really cheaply and sound a bit horrid but we're proud of the songs.

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