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EP Review: Joy Opposites – “Bad Phase”

Joy Opposites are a supremely interesting band, formed after the legendary post-hardcore act FACT disbanded with the only non-Japanese member of the band, Adam Graham, at the helm. Joy Opposites are now down to a two piece, with Imran Saddiqi formerly of The Amity Affliction rounding out the duo. After the incredible Find Hell from two years ago, new music from the band was certainly an exciting prospect, and now Bad Phase is here.

The EP name came from a discussion the two were having regarding the band, with Imran describing them going through a “Bad Phase.” Despite this, the band kick back into high gear as soon as the EP starts with “Holy Smoke.” The track beeps in with a sense of urgency, a bouncing and rolling electronic section brings us into Adam’s aggressive and frantic delivery. “I don’t think so, I don’t think so,” catches in the mind as the track beats down in-between calmer, brooding segments. There’s even a bit of guitar work towards the end reminiscent of a more post-hardcore sound, mixing quite well with their style.

The synthesizers and programmed drums the band experimented with on Find Hell make their way back in this EP, but they go deeper and explore more with what they can do. The second track, “Bad Phase,” is this dark, sonically ebbing and flowing piece that finds some fantastic earworm moments. The quiet, almost threatening and foreboding whispered lyrics, coming as almost a distant chant, elevate this track to an incredible place. Ending out the original tracks is “Whatevvver.” As the spelling of the track may imply, it has this drawn out style with the vocals that spikes with the guitars. This track feels like something that could have been on Swim, their debut album, though skewed in their new direction more. It’s a good track to space out to, bobbing your head along to the tide of urgency that runs in and out.

Ending the EP are four covers, four tracks that the band considers near their hearts. Covers of “Lovely” by Billie Eilish, “Weeds” by Life in Agony, “Down In A Hole” by Alice in Chains, and “Smoke Signals” by Phoebe Bridgers close out Bad Phase. It’s pretty great to hear Joy Opposites covering artists that have influenced them, and they’re quite competent and interesting takes on them, though they are a bit like a fun filler, with the 3 original tracks at the start coming as the most impressive side of this EP.

Concerning the topic of the tracks, Adam has decided to explore societal issues and the state of the world rather than the deeply personal and mental focus of their previous albums. On this shift Adam had to say: “Lyrically, these songs deal with societal issues more than personal ones. Both of us have been strongly affected by how the world is changing and how things are spiraling out of control… Honestly, it was quite a challenge for me to write about a certain subject rather than about a feeling since my lyrics are generally quite stream-of-consciousness, so this was something new.

All in all, Bad Phase feels like a stepping stone in a way, but definitely not in a bad way. With the band coming down to two members, and considering their broad appreciation for music and flexible abilities, they’ve felt out a great fluctuation of their Find Hell brilliance to continue experimenting and bringing a dark atmosphere to well built and catchy alternative rock tunes. This release may even be the most post-hardcore leaning of the band’s, mixing the electronica and pounding rock with rises to an almost hardcore peak. Joy Opposites are a band to watch, ever impressing with their sound and style, I’m eagerly awaiting their next full length project in the vein of this EP.

Bad Phase was released on July 10th, via Hostess Entertainment. You can listen to Bad Phase here.



Joy Opposites release new EP “Bad Phase”

Joy Opposites, made up of Adam Graham (formerly of FACT (Japan)) and Imran Siddiqi (formerly of The Amity Affliction (Australia)), have released a brand new EP with the name Bad Phase. You can listen to it below.

The EP features 3 new tracks, and 4 covers of musicians that have shaped their sound over the years. You can find the tracklist below the stream. Bad Phase sees the band head in a new direction lyrically, as well as further exploring the sound of their last full length Find Hell.

On the change, Adam stated: ““Lyrically, these songs deal with societal issues more than personal ones. Both of us have been strongly affected by how the world is changing and how things are spiraling out of control. Our first album was recorded in California – Summer 2016 – pre-Trump and pre-Brexit. So much has changed since then. Divisions between people are getting wider and wider. Our governments, religions and corporations are doing whatever they can to make this worse because that is how they profit … and we’re falling for it. Honestly, it was quite a challenge for me to write about a certain subject rather than about a feeling since my lyrics are generally quite stream-of-consciousness, so this was something new.”



Joy Opposites premiere music video for “Gold Blood” ahead of album release

Joy Opposites, featuring ex-members of FACT (Japan) and The Amity Affliction (Australia), have premiered a music video for the brand new track “Gold Blood.” You can watch it below.

“Gold Blood” is taken from the band’s upcoming album Find Hell, which is set to release on November 8th via Hostess Entertainment. You can find our review of the album here.



Album Review: Joy Opposites – “Find Hell”

When the legendary Japanese post-hardcore band FACT disbanded at the end of 2015, the members split into two amazing groups, on one end there’s SHADOWS continuing on a similar sound to FACT, and the other is the more rock oriented Joy Opposites. From their debut album SWIM in 2016, Joy Opposites have found comfort and a sound of their own, and now in their second album Find Hell the band has solidified that sound, whilst exploring out even further.

Find Hell‘s opening track “Blind Dogs” starts with the sound of a tuning radio, before the guitar comes crashing in, a heavy drum beat in the background, before washing into Adam Graham (vocals & guitar) singing softly. The track is an amazing place to start, and forms into a dark base for the rest of the album. Lines such as “… and we wait too long, until we notice that there’s something wrong, with everything and anything” set up an environment of uncertainty, a state where everything isn’t as it should be, which is what the album focuses in on.

There’s some fantastic imagery used in the lyrics throughout Find Hell, from “Your halo has lost it’s shine” in “Head Full of Tongues” to “Cut off my feet my friend, I won’t be running when the sleep comes calling” in “Sleep.” To perfectly compliment Adam’s (and occasionally backing from Imran) vocals flowing from soft words to yelling out, the instruments dip and crest in time, the band all able to accentuate their own individuality on the tracks. The tracks on Find Hell use some interesting sound design and combine different elements to sound complicated at times, but always flowing smoothly, all the pieces falling into place.

“Either/Or” is certainly a standout track which highlights the growth coming into Find Hell, being a much calmer and more melancholic song. “I still believe, I hear them say, what’s done is done, it doesn’t matter anyway,” The track comes as a calm in the center of the album, a contemplative midpoint that feels like the sort of thing you’d lay down and stare at the sky listening to. The track transitions into “Cinnamon,” which starts out at the same level but kicks things back up a bit as it goes on. Then there are tracks such as “Acid Kiss” and “Head Full of Tongues” that place themselves on the opposite end of the spectrum to “Either/Or,” up tempo tracks with an anger and determination behind them. “Acid Kiss” is another one of those standout tracks that I’m sure I’ll be singing along to in my head for weeks, from that opening riff to when the chorus crashes in, to the powerful wind down at the end. A beautiful balance can be found on the final track, the one to see us out, “Good Luck.” Gravity lets us go as the track fades out, capping off a phenomenal album.

Eiji Matsumoto’s creative drumming combined with Tomohiro Takayasu’s always impressive bass provide the perfect base to each track on the album, complimented with both Adam Graham and Imran Siddiqi on guitar pounding out the beats that range from spacey and atmospheric to fast, hard, and loud. Whilst SWIM found their footing and built a base for the Joy Opposites sound, Find Hell shows their very capable range as the band plays with some unique elements and effects. Find Hell shines out in the dark night it places the listener in, with tracks from “Sleep” to “Acid Kiss” soaring to the best the band has put out.

Find Hell is set to drop on November 8th via Hostess Entertainment, but you can listen to “Head Full of Tongues” and “Good Luck” now below.



Joy Opposites stream another new track titled “Good Luck” from upcoming album

Joy Opposites, featuring ex-members of FACT (Japan) and The Amity Affliction (Australia), are currently streaming a new track titled “Good Luck.” You can listen to it below.

“Good Luck” is the second single taken from Joy Opposites’ upcoming second album Find Hell. The album is set to be released on November 8 via Hostess Entertainment. You can find the tracklist, album art, and first single “Head Full Of Tongues” here.



Joy Opposites stream new single “Head Full Of Tongues” from upcoming album

Joy Opposites, featuring ex-members of FACT (Japan) and The Amity Affliction (Australia), are currently streaming a new track titled “Head Full Of Tongues.” You can listen to it below.

“Head Full Of Tongues” is the first single taken from Joy Opposites’ upcoming second album Find Hell. The album is set to be released on November 8 via Hostess Entertainment. You can find the tracklist and album art below the new track.



Joy Opposites sign to label Hostess Entertainment, announce new album “Find Hell”

Joy Opposites, featuring ex-members of FACT (Japan) and The Amity Affliction (Australia), have announced that they’ve signed with Japanese label Hostess Entertainment. Along with this announcement, the band will be releasing their second full length album this Autumn with the title Find Hell.

On the signing and release, the band said: (in Japanese) Come on! We’ve signed with a new label and management firm, in Autumn we will issue a new album 「Find Hell」 and I will do my first one-man tour! Looking forward to it!

(in English) We’re now with the best label in Japan, Hostess Entertainment…and the awesome management firm Magniph – STOKED! We have a new album in the bag, it’s called “Find Hell” and it’s gonna be released this autumn. Prior to that we’ll be doing some solo shows across Japan so GET ON IT BRO!

The tracklist, album art, and more information will be available at a later date. Check out their music video for “In My Bones” from their debut album here.



Joy Opposites (progressive pop-punk) to release debut album and tour Japan

SwimJoy Opposites featuring ex-members of FACT (Japan) and The Amity Affliction (Australia) have set an August 10th release date for their debut album “Swim”.

The band will be touring Japan in support of the album. Check out tour dates and a music video for their first single “In My Bones”  below.