Joyce Manor is making a stop at The Cedar Cultural Center on Tuesday, October 23rd. Joyce Manor is an American indie rock band from Torrance, California, formed in 2008. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Barry Johnson, guitarist Chase Knobbe, bassist and back-up vocalist Matt Ebert, and drummer Pat Ware. This tour will be in support of their fifth album Million Dollars to Kill Me.
Produced by Converge’s Kurt Ballou, Million Dollars To Kill Me came to life at Ballou’s own GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts. During the recording process, Joyce Manor guitarist/vocalist Barry Johnson, guitarist Chase Knobbe, bassist Matt Ebert, and new drummer Pat Ware slept right upstairs in bunk beds. “Kinda felt like camp,” Johnson notes. Additionally, Million Dollars To Kill Me was mixed by Andrew Scheps (Weezer, AFI, Green Day). Throughout the album, Joyce Manor augment that tension with their layered guitar work: Knobbe’s uncommon ability to make songs sound sadder and tougher at the same time, Johnson’s flair for mixing minor and major chords to invoke a precise kind of overpowering melancholy.
Vundabar will be joining Joyce Manor. There’s somewhat of a paradox inherent in Vundabar’s songwriting – a conflicting sense of nostalgia contrasted with the realization that they couldn’t sound more current. The music they make feels like something that should have been heard a long time ago, while simultaneously continuing to forge ahead sonically. Vundabar’s high energy live show is the stand out quality of this band and is an art they’ve undoubtedly perfected by touring non-stop around the country. Vundabar’s shows never fail to be captivating, complete with infectious jams, guitar moves galore, intricate drum work, and humorous stage banter to top it all off, the band has become known for putting on an entertaining show.
Kicking the night off will be Peach Kelli Pop. Peach Kelly Pop is a band from Los Angeles, CA by way of Ottawa, Canada and was founded by multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Allie Hanlon. The band is known for playing Ramones-structured rock songs: Fast tempos, 4/4 drums, layered with loud guitars, and laden with immediate, infectious vocal melodies. Hanlon’s songwriting is unique in how it encompasses great emotional profundity and the use of the abstract and imagination. Since Hanlon created Peach Kelli Pop in 2010, she has released 3 albums, a handful of 7’’s and tapes, and toured extensively (including annual trips to Japan). In that time, she also emigrated to Los Angeles where she met her bandmates: sisters Gina and Sophie Negrini (bass & guitar, respectively) and drummer Shelly Schimek.
Tickets are still available here.
Remaining Tour Dates:
10/16 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s *
10/17 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom *
10/18 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House *
10/19 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre *
10/20 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre *
10/22 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon #
10/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center #
10/24 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s #
10/26 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall #
10/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue #
10/28 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux #
10/30 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret #
10/31 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune #
11/01 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom #
11/03 – San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore #
01/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium $
* = w/ Vundabar and Big Eyes
# = w/ Vundabar and Peach Kelli Pop
$ = w/ Jeff Rosenstock and special guest