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Joyce Manor

Joyce Manor: Constant Headache (demo)Constant Headache (demo) (2010)
self-released

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Since Joyce Manor recently joined 6131 Records and we're likely to hear a lot more from them soon, it may prove prudent to first take a look at the band's recent demo, Constant Headache. Like so many demos before it, it's opened by far and away the strongest track of the five: "Constant Nothing" .


Since Joyce Manor recently joined 6131 Records and we're likely to hear a lot more from them soon, it may prove prudent to first take a look at the band's recent demo, Constant Headache.

Like so many demos before it, it's opened by far and away the strongest track of the five: "Constant Nothing" has plenty of hooks while maintaining a healthy SoCal speed and a bit of Midwestern gruff, with perhaps a sprinkle of Brooklyn looseness thrown in. The band's vocal approach, like so many others, is mostly a throaty yell. Hey, if it's worked for so many others, why the hell not?

"Done Right Discount Flooring" has some fairly big melodies that weren't quite as prevalent in "Nothing," and it's clear that this band will be able to write big hooks when given ample time. The band cites Weezer as an influence, and the deliberately slow nature of "Five Year Plan" (coupled with a lonely bassline) is Exhibit A of that here. To a lesser extent, "Leather Jacket" accomplishes much the same, though given Joyce Manor's aesthetic it comes off as more of a gruff Saves the Day homage than anything else.

And though it might be difficult to appreciate given the demo's production, the drumming in "Chumped" is pretty impressive. Though, that could be said for Constant Headache as a whole; with a strong label behind them and what will undoubtedly be a higher-quality recording, these kids are bound to make some big waves very, very soon.

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EchosMyron (August 25, 2012)

Pretty bad.

renaldo69 (August 21, 2012)

amazing demo. great band

10feettall (December 18, 2011)

Awesome band, great demo

RussWould (September 23, 2011)

I wish "Chumped" had made the cut for their s/t LP.

pavexparadise (February 16, 2011)

This demo is extremely good! I downloaded it from their Bandcamp page when it was released and was quite impressed but after listening to the new full length and being totally blown away I came back to this demo and began to appreciate it much more. Very solid band.

gutless (January 7, 2011)

one of the best things ive heard ever.

throw_aways (January 5, 2011)

I think if this were an EP, I could see giving it 4 stars, but for a demo, this is a clear 5/5 in my book. Every song is really solid and the sound is unique (and I totally disagree with the reviewer that the opening song is clearly the best. I like Leather Jacket and Five Beer Plan more).

This is some of the most promising stuff I've heard in a long time.

conblake (January 4, 2011)

excellent emo record, in an era with too many whiny assholes, these dudes are just loveable.

realfakepunker (October 26, 2010)

i love kurt

kickaha (October 21, 2010)

Rad.

thenightman (August 31, 2010)

shit rools

thomassawyer (August 29, 2010)

joyce manor is the most underrated band in the scene right now

followed closely by Koalocaust

followed closer by Walter Mitty and His Makeshift Orchestra

alpod4 (August 3, 2010)

kuuuuuuurt

inagreendase (August 3, 2010)

TSR. It's like if the Menzingers' drummer listened to '90s screamo.

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