Monday, 3 April 2017

Video: Oh Joy - So Swell

Oh Joy So Swell

Oh Joy - So Swell

Info: 'Oh Joy' is an ambiguous phrase. It can be sarcastic, in earnest, or frustrated. It can probably be a lot more in between. As such it is the perfect moniker for this Dublin-based alt-rock outfit. Formed in 2015 over a shared love of Elliott Smith, Nirvana, sarcasm, and all things morose, Oh Joy independently released their first EP 'Joy for All' in April 2016. Oh Joy since performed at Irish showcase events including Hard Working Class Heroes and Whelan’s Ones to Watch. Tracks from the debut EP garnered significant praise and have featured on several 'Best of 2016' playlists from blogs like The Thin Air and The Last Mixed Tape. More recently, Oh Joy have supported prominent international acts like Pinegrove and Vant, as they apply the finishing touches to a follow-up release.

Frontman Ollie Moyles' distinctive vocals arrive straight at the start of Oh Joy's latest single, 'So Swell'. After a pensive and atmospherically withdrawn beginning, the three-piece thrash down almost bang on the one-minute mark, melting distortion and high-pitched vox are like an uncontrolled explosion, before reverting back to the initial calm. 

In a live setting Oh Joy move between moments of chaotic raucousness and trembling but cautious restraint, and so it is here too. A particularly pleasing aspect of 'So Swell' is the mesmeric rhythm of both drums and bass, courtesy of Cummins and McDowell respectively, both acting like anchors to prevent the song from swinging too wildly from its epicentre. It's been a little while, but it's great to have Oh Joy back with a new release, and word on the street is that some live dates are just around the corner.

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