Joyce Manor played two nights in LA with Toys That Kill and AJJ (night 2 review)
Joyce Manor will hit the road with AJJ and Mannequin Pussy later this month, but first they played two hometown shows in LA over the weekend (1/13 and 1/14). These had AJJ too, plus Cali punk heroes Toys That Kill (who Joyce Manor have a split with).
I caught the second night, which Toys That Kill kicked off with a quick, energetic, highly enjoyable set. AJJ followed to a very enthusiastic crowd, which had really filled in by the time they took the stage. They played a bunch of stuff from their new album The Bible 2 in addition to popular older stuff. It was, very high-energy, as was the whole night. More so than for most openers, the crowd was hanging on to every word.
Continuing along those lines, the level of enthusiasm for Joyce Manor was truly infectious. The band are coming off a career high in terms of polish with the tremendous Cody, but the LA show was a reminder that they're still really a punk band at heart. The set was heavy on older material, and the hometown crowd absolutely ate it up. They were jumping, singing along, moshing, and raising fists at every meticulously-timed chorus hit that the band delivered, and Barry Johnson and company equalled the crowd's energy all night. Usually, as show-goers, we want to see bands playing in rooms that are smaller or more intimate than usual, but this was the rare case of a band filling a big theater with basement punk show intensity, and the joy in the room was palpable.
The show was also a reminder that Joyce Manor have a catalogue of music at this point that many older bands would kill for. It was a 20+ song set full of wall-to-wall bangers --"Beach Community," "Schley," "Christmas Card," and "Fake I.D." really just brought the house down, as did pretty much the whole set. "Stairs" and "Eighteen" in particular from the new album really sounded great, and pretty much every new song was met with cheers. They closed with the back to back of "Leather Jacket" and "Constant Headache," two of the more perfect pop punk songs in the world, and it was clear that this is a band that had really earned those two big, sold-out LA shows. They seemed to be having as much fun as we were.
That tour stops in the NYC area for a show on Long Island at Amityville's Revolution Bar and Music Hall on February 9. Tickets for that show are still available.
Check out more Instagrams from the shows below.