After releasing a number of critically-acclaimed mixtapes, EP’s, two full-length albums and a host of unique visuals, including music videos as well as original series (Coffee With Joywave Joy Meets World), Rochester-based Joywave have catapulted from an indie buzz band to revered alt-rock mainstays with over 300 MILLION total streams. The band has earned a ‘must see live’ tag following standout performances at Lollapalooza, Coachella, Osheaga, Voodoo Music Fest, Summerfest, Bunbury, Hangout Music Fest, NXNE, Reading. Bumbershoot and touring with Bleachers, Metric, 30 Seconds to Mars, Bishop Briggs, the Killers, Foals and Sir Sly while embarking on several sold-out U.S. headline runs.
Their newest offering “Like A Kennedy” was produced at Joywave’s own studio in Rochester, NY by founder Daniel Armbruster, arranged by Armbruster and his fellow band members Joseph Morinelli, Paul Brenner, and Benjamin Bailey, and then mixed by Dan Grech-Marguerat (The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Lana Del Rey), “Like A Kennedy” offers a clear display of the acclaimed band’s evolution from the basement to the big stage, to their current role as full-fledged pop iconoclasts, fearlessly assimilating genres, motifs, and big ideas into its own one-of-a-kind identity.
“I think a lot of people will probably try to fit this song into some type of political narrative,” says Armbruster in an exclusive Audio Commentary (streaming song alongside the song HERE), “but that’s really not the point. It’s a song about complete exhaustion and media burnout. It’s an anti-chaos song. Every screen you walk by DEMANDS your attention. Everything is BREAKING NEWS in all caps. It’s a really difficult time to think about the mundane small-scale things that have been the focus of human existence until very recently. I don’t think people should check out, but I think it’s beneficial to at least zoom out and not take the bait every time. It feels like everything is designed to keep us enraged 24 hours a day. We deserve a little sanity.”