They may describe themselves as “pop’s ugly sister” but there’s nothing off-putting about Sick Joy.
Notably inspired by music of the 90s such as Pixies and Nirvana, Sick Joy fuse the concept of pop hooks and scuzzy guitars to develop their intriguing grunge sound that truly shows UK rock is alive and kicking. Mykl (guitar and vocals) Danny (bass) and Martyn (drums) are originally from Newcastle but moved down south to immerse themselves in Brighton’s iconic music scene – a gamble that has definitely paid off.
The trio released their debut EP Amateurs in March, with leading singles ‘Smiling Shame’ and ‘Senses’ receiving regular radio plays from Kerrang!, Amazing Radio, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Introducing. They have also been added to playlists such as Spotify’s Hot New Bands, and Headphones curated by Deaf Havana. ‘Smiling Shame’ was even named Classic Rock Magazine’s track of the week immediately after its release.
Last month they followed up on this success with raucous single ‘Dissolve Me’ which premiered on Clash and has already amassed over 20,000 streams on Spotify. Armed with mighty choruses and catchy hooks, this track shows the grunge group go from strength to strength with every release.
Sick Joy have thrown themselves into the live circuit after being signed to X-ray Touring (the same booking agents as Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age and New Order), while also supporting the likes of Feeder, Hell Is For Heroes and Tigercub. Festival appearances include Camden Rocks, The Great Escape and 2000 Trees. They will also be bringing their intense, boisterous live shows up to Manchester this month as they perform at Jimmy’s with tickets on sale here!