by Andrew Sacher

Joyce Manor at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Mimi Hong)
JM

Toys That Kill at BV-CMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
TTK

Melodic punk new schoolers Joyce Manor and melodic punk veterans Toys That Kill (one of many bands of the great Todd Congelliere) will kick off what's sure to be an excellent double billed tour this December (unfortunately for us in NYC, it's only on the West Coast), and they'll also be putting out a split EP on 12/9 via Todd's label Recess Records in honor of that. It'll have two songs from each band, and one of each of their contributions are now streaming. Joyce Manor's, "Tame," is the revved up version of "See How Tame I Can Be" from their underrated "studio project" album Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired that they've been playing live lately. Toys That Kill's "Times We Can't Let Go" is more of their garagey goodness. Listen to both below.

Joyce Manor's other cut, "Bride," is presumably JM giving the same type of treatment to "Bride of Usher" from that same album (they've been playing that one live too), and Toys That Kill's is "I Am Decided." A Guided by Voices cover?

Streams and list of tour dates below...

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Joyce Manor / Toys That Kill -- 2014 Tour Dates
Fri 12-Dec Camarillo, CA Rock City
Sat 13-Dec Sacramento, CA Midtown Barfly
Mon 15-Dec Seattle, WA Vera Project
Tue 16-Dec Vancouver, BC Koran Hall
Wed 17-Dec Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
Fri 19-Dec San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
Sat 20-Dec San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill