Joyous Moshing Ensues During Joyce Manor’s Music Tastes Good Performance [PHOTOS] REVIEW+PHOTOS: JOYCE MANOR @ MUSIC TASTES GOOD 9/30/17
Long Beach, CA- Closing out day one of Music Tastes Good was the Torrance based pop punk band, Joyce Manor. Being from Southern California, the band has been playing constant shows around this area but despite this, Joyce Manor haven’t actually played a show in Long Beach in over six years.
Built To Spill had just finished up their set and the crowd began to disperse from the stage. I stood near the back of the crowd with a friend as we waited for Joyce Manor to start and I began to worry a bit as there was hardly anyone there. It was really rather odd considering the fact that the band have always managed to sell out every show they play in SoCal, but it seems that the crowd at Music Tastes Good just couldn’t miss out on some Ween.
But despite the small crowd, Joyce Manor still put on a fantastic show. After opening up with “Fake I.D.”, a song off their latest album Cody, the band jumped right into “Derailed” a song from the self tilted album. As I stood in the press pit I could hear the crowd behind me singing along to every lyric which put a smile on my face as I was doing the same thing. It’s something that will never be missing from a Joyce show.
That’s pretty much how the rest of the set went. The band always pepper in new and old songs while keeping a light hearted and fun presence on their stage and the crowd is always fully engaged. Even with the small number of people there, I still saw kids moshing and throwing their fists up in the air, especially during a rather explicit lyric in “Constant Headache”. It was at a festival stage but it felt more like an intimate performance and because of this, I felt as if the band was really catering to fan service. They played every single one of their hits such as “Schley”, “Heart Tattoo”, “Beach Community” and countless others before closing out with “Constant Headache” like they usually do.
Out of all the bands I’ve shot (from a press pit with credentials) , Joyce Manor take title as the band I’ve done coverage for the most, which makes sense as their one of my favorite bands out there. I even had a bit of a nerdy moment when I saw the band hanging out on the fest grounds and was suddenly too nervous to ask them for a portrait (shout out to Derrick Lee for convincing me to go up to them). They brought in a bit of a younger, more punk vibe into the festival and I applaud the curators of Music Tastes Good for keeping things interesting.
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— Hector Vergara (@Hextrn) October 17, 2017