Introducing Joy of Focus an Alternative rock duo who just released 2 singles “Love Song ClichÃ©” and “No Good Alone.” Right from the start it might be easy to just categorize these 2 (Rikk Currence Holly Joy) as trippy-alt-rockers, and write them off as the newest faddy and trending thing on radio. It wouldn’t be wise, though. Sure, if you listen to some of their more catchier moments within these 2 singles that’s the impression you would likely get. However there is a method to their madness. First off the production team go beyond any introduction. Secondly these 2 fit together musically like a hand in glove. There are some really good moments on both pieces that really present a very take no prisoners — rumble tumble sound overall. All of this really opens up the 2 singles favoring top flight marketability and effective visuals and vocals. This enhances the listening experience rather than limit it for me. Joy of Focus are obviously experienced at performing and writing music, but it’s the combination all of the above that makes them so deadly. I mean, there is nothing here that really seems all that original or fresh but perhaps that is why Joy of Focus is on our Radar screens in the first place. Forgive me if I’m talking in circles — but some bands can deliver music that’s pretty straight forward, conservative and painfully simple yet brilliant in scope. Furthermore in lieu of these 2 amazing singles, Joy of Focus delivers on all fronts and almost feels as if these 2 are really on to something. Both are a one of a kind release that’s closely tied to classic punk rock, but has a more modern alt-rock feel and a vibe that’s hits hard. I hate to pigeonhole but I can hear Stooshe, and a more darker version of No Doubt. Joy of Focus will please wide range of musical personalities in the process of their exposure to the masses. Sure it’s possible that future releases will demonstrate more musical molding or identity developing. I also wish I had more material to digest but I will add many bands start off sounding like another act in a non-descript way only to develop their trademark sound later. Either way Jot of Focus has hit the deck running and is off to an explosive start.
Review by Joseph Crowder edited by Janne Zawa
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