With a recent hit single, “Somebody New,” that has become a critic and fan favorite, even receiving thumbs-up from pro-skater, Tony Hawk, Joywave are touring throughout the summer at festivals and venues. The band just released their full-length debut album, How Do You Feel Now?, and are currently touring in Europe, opening up for Brandon Flowers (The Killers). They will then return to the US, and continue their tour throughout varied cities with bands like Atlas Genius, The Kooks, and Cage the Elephant. We caught up with them after their performance at Hangout, and we had a fun chat about their music, recording sessions, and some fun, lighthearted banter.
I saw your guys’ set. It was awesome.
Joywave: Thank you.
My question leading into your performance is, what inspires your infectious, energetic, life set?
Joywave: I like to have a good time. Well, see this is my job, essentially. We have always been a firm believer and enjoy what we do.
Otherwise it is boring, and you never want that to happen.
Referencing your debut album, what were the recording experiences like?
Joywave: Well, Shawn and I produced the record. We slept on air mattresses in the studio for a year. We peed into jugs because the plumbing broke a few times. The heat went out. The roof was collapsing.
That’s not good.
Joywave: Yeah, so our experience is crazy. It was awesome. Basically, we remember looking at each other and like, yo, these are the good old days, right now, that we are going to talk about forever. There is like no pressure, no one is like, I need you here in five minutes, and then after the record, that is when all that stuff starts.
Joseph: Sometimes I wouldn’t hear from them for like four days and I would call. Are you guys okay? They were like yeah, we have a guitar part. Come record it. And I would go and record the guitar part.
You just kind of wanted to know what they were doing.
Paul: Yeah, it was good. Great. Drums were first. I always get those out of the way.
Joywave: We saw Paul for like the first week and a half and then we didn’t see him for nine months.
You play my favorite instrument. I love the drums. But I can’t play well at all (laughs).
Paul: Yeah, it’s my favorite instrument too.
Awesome. Now, I have a little play on your new album, and it goes great with how you guys slept in the basement. You did, right? In your parent’s house?
Daniel: I mean, that’s where our studio used to be.
How do you feel now that you don’t have to do it anymore?
Daniel: I was gonna say good, but actually bad because like when I was there, I could just like … I really like making things, and it is really hard to make different things on the stage and in a van. I kind of miss it, yeah.
Even living alone? Free rent?
Daniel: I mean, I still do, I just don’t go anywhere. Like, I’m never there. I also miss my 18-year old deaf cat. Fantastic creature.
I have one more question for you. Who was your first concert and do you guys have a favorite?
Joywave: Favorite concert we’ve ever been to?
Male 3: First or favorite?
First. And then tell me your favorite.
Daniel: The very first concert I ever went to was an old band. It was a local band called Anemia. They sounded just like Nirvana. It was great. My favorite concert I’ve ever been to? We opened for the Killers and I got to play songs and watch The Killers.
There you go. Nice.
Paul: My first concert was Slipknot, and it was great.
Benjamin : Today.
I hear you. That’s a good answer.
Sean: The first concert I ever went to was Brittany Spears.
Are you serious?
Sean: I went with my brother and my mom. My favorite concert, South by Southwest one year. I won VIP passes at Sound City Players, so I got to see like Stevie Nicks and Nirvana and all those guys. It was incredible.
Joseph: My first concert was Outcast in Myrtle Beach. My favorite concert, I think I got to say, is watching The Killers.
Benjamin: I don’t remember technically. I think my first one was a show that our high school band played.
Benjamin: Yeah, at the penny arcade. I think that was the first one. It could have been the radio show where we went to where OKGo played. And my favorite show was a show in Rochester, and there were about 30 people there and I was like, this is so good. Why are there only 30 people there. Now I don’t like [inaudible 00:05:24] but they were so good and I was like, this does not line up with the amount of people.
Awesome. That’s all I have for you. Sweet. Thank you guys.
Joywave: Thank you.
Absolutely. Thank you guys. Nice seeing you. Thanks again!
Daniel Armbruster – Vocals
Joseph Morinelli- Guitar
Sean Donnelly- Bass
Benjamin Bailey – Keyboards
Paul Brenner – Drums
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