Joyce Manor played Bowery Ballroom w/ The Exquisites and Mike Bell & the Movies (pics, setlist)
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
Joyce Manor @ Bowery Ballroom - 9/15/14
It was only two years and one album ago that Joyce Manor were in NYC to play the small Bushwick punk venue Acheron, but they've come a long way in that time. They returned earlier this week (9/15) to headline the much bigger and sold-out Bowery Ballroom on their proper tour for their excellent third album Never Hungover Again (following a record release show at Rough Trade in July), and they had the same command over the place that they had in that tiny punk club. Joyce Manor haven't changed too much in that time, they just keep refining their already-great sound and continue to gain more fans along the way who really seem into everything they've done. I was talking to a friend at the show about how interesting it was to see so many people walking away from the merch table with their first album. On a similar note, Joyce could encore with two songs from their 2010 EP, "Five Beer Plan" and "Leather Jacket" (the latter also from the 2011 LP), and get the same tremendous response from the crowd they got from pre-encore set closer "Schley" off the new album.
Really everything in their 18-song set of mostly one to two-and-a-half minute songs got a tremendous response, and rightfully so because the band was in such killer form. They've got the stage presence of a band who seem destined to only keep getting bigger, but you can tell they came up playing house shows. And those DIY roots are no doubt part of what makes them so effortlessly tight. There's no mistaking the difference between Joyce Manor finally playing to sold-out crowds of that size and an artist whose live debut is to one.
Joyce Manor are also one of a handful of punk bands I've seen this year (including Titus Andronicus, Joanna Gruesome and others) who took a stand during their set against particular moshers sacrificing the comfort of others for their own good time. They singled out a dude for using a girl's face to prop himself up above the crowd, and when he ran up on stage to stage dive they pushed him off to the side so a bouncer could quickly grab him and remove him. A short speech about why they did what they did followed and was only met by cheers from the rest of the crowd.
Pictures of the Bowery Ballroom show, including Joyce Manor's tourmates The Exquisites and openers Mike Bell & the Movies are in this post. They continue, with Joyce's setlist, below...
Mike Bell & the Movies
Catalina Fight Song
Bride of Usher
Falling in Love Again
21st Dead Rats
See How Tame I Can Be?
In The Army Now
Five Beer Plan