For Immediate Release
August 9, 2019
JOYWAVE UNVEIL “OBSESSION”
NEW SINGLE HERALDS EAGERLY AWAITED THIRD LP
VISIONARY BANDCOLLABORATES WITH MARVEL FOR
“OBSESSION RADIO” LAUNCHES VIA FACEBOOK’S SPARK AR
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ALONGSIDE BASTILLE
BEGINS SEPTEMBER 16 IN PHILADELPHIA
ADDITIONAL HEADLINE SHOWS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
“OBSESSION” AVAILABLE NOW FOR STREAMING AND DOWNLOAD
“Joywave is the biggest band you’re sleeping on right now.”
Joywave have unveiled another remarkable new single. “Obsession” is available now via Cultco Music/Hollywood Records for streaming and download HERE.
Produced at Joywave’s own studio in Rochester, NY by Joywave 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), “Obsession” virtually encapsulates the genre-busting history of Joywave into one glorious track, melding irresistible electronic pop with typically sharp social commentary to fashion what Armbruster calls “a Cliff’s Notes version of where the band has been and where they intend to venture next.”
“I’m sure I’m not the only person who does this,” Armbruster says in an exclusive Audio Commentary (streaming HERE), “but I have a tendency to latch onto work, or art, or any number of things, to keep other, scarier thoughts in check. As long as I’m focused and feel a sense of purpose, I’m ok. I’ve always had this fear that if I stop and look behind me I’ll say ‘Wow, I’ve come really far’ or ‘Wow, I’m really high up right now’ and fall. I meant that figuratively of course, unless I’m in a glass elevator. I hate glass elevators.”
Long known for their playfully subversive multi-discipline creativity, Joywave is collaborating with Marvel Comics to celebrate “Obsession” with an exclusive single-page comic starring none other than The Avengers, including Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Thor, and self-proclaimed Joywave fan Captain America. The comic – written by James Asmus (X-Men) with art by J.L. Giles (Black Panther: Soul of a Machine) – will be featured in over 90 different Marvel publications throughout the month of August. As if all that weren’t excitement enough, the comic sees Joywave themselves featured on original poster art created exclusively for the band by Runawaysartist Michael Ryan; an exclusive “Obsession” visualizer incorporating the imagery is streaming now via MarvelMusicVEVO, the official YouTube channel of Marvel Music, HERE. Lastly, Joywave’s Daniel Armbruster and Paul Brenner will mark the momentous event as featured guests on an upcoming installment of the official This Week In Marvelpodcast, available via Android and Apple Podcasts HERE.
“Obsession” follows the recent release of the extraordinary and chill-inducing song “Like A Kennedy,” available now via Cultco Music/Hollywood Records for streaming and download HERE. The track is joined by a powerfully resonant companion video, streaming now via the band’s official YouTube channel HERE.
“Obsession” and “Like A Kennedy” each offer an unmistakable display of Joywave’s evolution from the basement to the big stage, fearlessly assimilating genres, motifs, and big ideas into its own one-of-a-kind identity. Additional new tracks and companion visuals will be unveiled throughout the year, followed in 2020 by the eagerly awaited release of their as-yet-untitled third full-length LP.
On the touring front, Joywave has just been announced as special guests on Bastille’s upcoming “Doom Days Tour, Part 1.” The dates get underway September 16 at Philadelphia, PA’s The Met and then continue into late October. For complete details and ticket availability, please see https://joywavemusic.com.
Widely hailed for their inventive, high-energy live performances, Joywave has spent their summer building anticipation for the upcoming album with a series of intimate live performances in the band’s hometown of Rochester, NY, Los Angeles, and Brooklyn. “The Possession Sessions” concludes with an exclusive headline show at London’s The Lexington on November 20. Joywave has also lit up a number of top summer festivals and radio events in recent months, continuing this weekend with a much-anticipated set at Redmond, WA’s 107.7 The End Presents Summer Camp (August 10) and headline show at St. Louis, MO’s Ballpark Village (August 16). Additional dates will be announced soon.
Furthermore, Joywave has united with OSXR to present “Obsession Radio,” utilizing groundbreaking AR (Augmented Reality) to construct an immersive social platform experience promoting simple human interaction and an environment of creativity – and absurdity – for both individuals and groups. Curated by Armbruster, “Obsession Radio” will present three unique original broadcasts, including “NPR Classical” “93.3 The Hog,” and “Conspiracy Theory Radio,” exclusively via Facebook’s Spark AR. For more details, please see TK.
ON TOUR 2019
10 – Redmond, WA – 107.7 The End Presents Summer Camp *
16 – St. Louis, MO – Ballpark Village
16 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met #
17 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion #
18 – Montreal, QC – Place Bell #
20 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage #
21 – Washington, DC – The Anthem #
22 – Pittsburgh, PA, – Stage AE #
24 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden #
27 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Casino #
28 – Richmond, VA – Virginia Credit Union LIVE! #
29 – Columbus, OH – Express Live! #
1 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre #
2 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre #
4 – Denver, CO – The MIssion Ballroom #
5 – Magna, UT – Salt Air Pavilion #
7 – Portland, OR – Theatre of the Clouds #
8 – Vancouver, BC – Thunderbird Sports Centre #
9 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater #
11 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley #
12 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre #
13 – San Diego, CA – Open Air Theatre #
15 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theater #
17 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom #
18 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall #
19 – Austin, TX – Austin 360 Amphitheater #
21 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall #
22 – Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium #
23 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy #
25 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater #
26 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place Amphitheater #
27 – Miami, FL – Bayfront Park Amphitheatre #
20 – London, UK – The Lexington **
* FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE
** “THE POSSESSION SESSIONS”
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Weaving blissed-out synths and unstoppable dancefloor grooves with euphoric hooks, exuberant wit, and uncommon emotional depth, Joywave has spent much of the past decade holding an aural mirror to society, concocting a distinctively modern approach towards pop music that is both organic and synthetic, much like our own day-to-day lives. The Rochester, NY-based band first came together in 2010 to put live flesh on the bones of songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Daniel Armbruster’s original home recordings. A series of visionary mixtapes and EPs followed, as did Big Data’s RIAA gold certified 2013 single, “Dangerous (Feat. Joywave),” a #1 hit at Alternative radio as well as a top 10 multi-format smash. 2014’s HOW DO YOU FEEL? EP was fast followed by Joywave’s full-length debut album, HOW DO YOU FEEL NOW? The LP spawned a string of multi-format hits, including “Dangerous,” multiple versions of which were then showcased on 2016’s innovative remix collection, SWISH. The following year saw CONTENT make a top 10 debut on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” chart upon its arrival, powered by the Alternative radio favorites, “Doubt” and “It’s A Trip.”
Joywave has proved just as prolific and popular on the road, performing countless headline dates, show-stealing sets at international festivals spanning Lollapalooza, Coachella, Bumbershoot, and the UK’s Reading/Leeds, and support runs with such like-minded artists as The Killers, Young the Giant, Cold War Kids, Walk the Moon, Bleachers, Smashing Pumpkins, Foals, Silversun Pickups, Brandon Flowers, Thirty Seconds To Mars, and more. As if that weren’t enough, Joywave have put equivalent energy into creating visual and other components, supplementing their music with similarly inventive videos and YouTube series like Joy Meets Worldand Coffee With Joywave, the latter showcasing their own Rochester-roasted Joewave coffee brand.
Joywave is Daniel Armbruster: Vocals, Programming * Paul Brenner: Drums * Joseph Morinelli: Guitar, Bass Guitar * Benjamin Bailey: Piano, Guitar, Keys, String Arrangements.
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PHOTO CREDIT: MARY ELLEN MATTHEWS
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