Music Review – Joyce Manor’s “Of All Things I will soon Grow Tired” (Updated)

Joyce Manor

Joyce Manor

Joyce Manor members are:

Chase Knobbe – Guitar

Matt Ebert – Bass. vocals

Kurt Walcher – Drums

Barry Johnson – Vocals. Guitars

Joyce Manor’s “Of All Things I will soon Grow Tired” is a testament to the evolving sound of the band on their willingness to branch out on their sound instead of being pigeonholed into a typical short song/fast tempo rule of pop punk.

The bands first album, Joyce Manor, was a great debut effort despite the bands admission in an interview that they weren’t happy with the production of record.  And as much as I like the first album, the second one sort of caught me off guard.

If I had to use one word to sum up “Of All Things”, it would be evolving.  The first effort was pretty much straight California punk songs as far as structure and lyrics, but the new album is a departure from a genre that has claimed groups like Blink 182 and Green Day.  Don’t get me wrong, there are punk songs on here – “If I Needed You There” and a great punk cover of the Buggles “Video Killed The Radio Star” among them.  But the songs that show an exploration by the band into something different than the typical fast tempo and adolescent sarcastic remarks are the songs “Drainage”, and “See How Tame I Can Be”.  “Drainage” is acoustic song with just a guitar and Barry singing “I saw maybe something you could lust for in a tired way, almost like a brother laying with you in a quiet place”, and the recording on a cheap tape recorder seems to strangely add weight to the song.  My favorite song of the album, “Violent Inside” is a little slower but is still tight and punchy with lyrics like “You’ll go looking for an excuse, to feel sad or confused.  When all you want to do is let them all feel abuse”.  The final song on the record, “I’m Always Tired”, is fast but is done acoustically and (possibly) with the same recorder that “Drainage” was recorded on.

With “All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired” Joyce Manor has shown that they are willing to change things up, and this exploration shows that the band is maturing musically in ways that many in the California punk genre refuse to embrace.

Favorite songs: “Violent Inside”, “Video Killed the Radio Star”, “If I Needed You There”

Joyce Manor – Violent Inside

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