I’ve played and toured internationally in DIY punk bands Sauna Youth, Feature, Monotony and Gold Foil as both a drummer and a vocalist, and I’ve also been a guest vocalist on recordings and during live performances for the bands Fucked Up, Pissed Jeans, Human Hair and Buttonhead. I sometimes play drums in a Ramones covers band called The Ranomes.
Raise Your Voice Joyce / Raise Your Voice Joyce: Contemporary Shouts From Contemporary Voices
Merge Records/Static Shock Records, 2018
I did backing vocals on Fucked Up’s single ‘Raise Your Voice Joyce’. I also wrote the lyrics and sang on the track ‘Erase’ on their compilation album Raise Your Voice Joyce: Contemporary Shouts From Contemporary Voices.
The final album in the trilogy. An album once finished is frozen in time, solid and no longer resistent or adaptive to outside forces. Does the difficulty to find an end come from the genre, from punk’s revisionist impulse, redoing the same thing over and over? Do we avoid an ending because playing in a band is a distraction from everyday life?
Distractions is made up of 14 songs about desire, but more importantly, about that area just out of reach of desire, at the very centre of the human psyche. It looks at what it means to be distracted from being yourself. It thrives in the desire to be someone else, the very idea that you could be someone else. It’s also an album that feels instinctive and natural, flowing freely from a band that have come to terms with the sum of its parts. Ultimately though, Sauna Youth have made a colossal record which is impossible not to dance to.