Within the early 2010s, there was a surge of indie rock bands that sounded stressed and ramshackle and endearingly earnest. A lot of this music got here out by the label Salinas Data — bands like All Canines, Radiator Hospital, and the early Crutchfield tasks P.S. Eliot and Swearin’. Joyride! have been the San Francisco outpost of that sound, combining the urgency of Bay Space pop-punk denizens Jawbreaker with some twee emotionality that drifted down from the Pacific Northwest. A whole lot of these early Salinas bands are not round, or their members acquired concerned in numerous tasks, and it appeared like Joyride! might need succumbed to the identical destiny. After releasing three full-length albums over six years, culminating with 2016’s glorious Half Moon Bay, Joyride! took a protracted break. They did what most bands find yourself doing: stored up jobs or acquired new ones, often performed in different teams, explored what life is like away from music.
However this week, Joyride! return with the primary new album in six years, Miracle Query, which finds the band choosing again up proper the place they left off. It’s heat and delightfully high-energy, and though the songs mirror the indecisiveness that comes with not understanding what you need to do with the remainder of your life, Miracle Query goes down like pure consolation meals. The trio are a tight-knit unit, bouncing off one another with chiming guitars and jittery drums and lyrics which are delivered in a breathless rush. Band chief Jenna Marx is a continuing and interesting presence in these songs — she talks herself by existential crises, making grand declarations and discarding them simply as quick because the band follows her mile-a-minute thought patterns with excitability and thrill.
Lots of Miracle Query‘s lyrical preoccupations heart on feeling like an anachronism, caught in time and questioning in the event you’re doing sufficient or being sufficient as you’re pulled between the comforts of someplace acquainted and the engaging chance of someplace new. Miracle Query most frequently seems like a love letter to San Francisco, the town that the band grew up in and has managed to stay in all these years regardless of excessive gentrification and an out-of-control housing market.
On “Archivist,” Marx wrestles with this alternative to remain in her quickly altering residence: “I can keep right here or I can go/ However I can’t predict the long run, I’ve tried earlier than,” she sings. “I’m afraid of being left however I’m afraid of leaving additionally/ So I stored a document, it was flawless, I documented all of it.” That doc contains some evocative journeys down reminiscence lane. It’s the “carousel that’s spinning within the park that we as soon as kissed in, within the metropolis that I’m the final one left residing in.” It’s “St. Mary’s,” the native bar that “carries the identical identify because the hospital that you simply went to again in seventh grade,” the place Marx as soon as “sat within the ready room along with your dad and watched him pray.” It’s entertaining fantasies of packing up and transferring to a flyover state the place “we might recall the ocean fondly like an outdated good friend who drifted away” however being enamored with a metropolis’s historical past, “all shook up just like the ’89 earthquake when the Giants performed the A’s.”
The band manages to make an enormous metropolis really feel insular and lived-in, and it’s the place Marx stays, haunting her hometown like a ghost and attempting to keep up the relationships she nonetheless has. She opts for adventures which are decidedly small-scale. On “Emergency Broadcast System,” she finds escape in a quick joyride (hey) round city: “What if we go however we don’t go far? What in the event you get in my getaway automobile and I get you again earlier than it will get darkish?” On “In The Afterglow,” she quells her anxiousness with an aimless drive: “I put some miles on that automobile/ After I’m feeling unhappy, I drive it far/ And it doesn’t matter the place you might be/ Don’t know the place you’re going once you’re leaving or what you’re on the lookout for.”
Marx’s voice typically curls up on the finish of considered one of her run-on sentences, leaving each music feeling like an open-ended Miracle Query. In remedy communicate, the “miracle query” is an imagined future the place you get up all of your issues are mysteriously solved. So the query goes: What modified? And what comes subsequent? Generally the solutions are easy, generally they’re needlessly difficult. Generally it simply takes speaking it out with some pals over 12 scrappy songs which are packed right into a propulsive 28 minutes. The music that Joyride! makes isn’t essentially flashy, however it positive is satisfying.
Miracle Query is out 4/15 through Salinas Data. Pre-order it right here.
Different albums of notice out this week:
• Kurt Vile’s (watch my strikes)
• 50 Foot Wave’s Black Pearl
• Jewel’s Freewheelin’ Girl
• Alex G’s We’re All Going To The World’s Honest soundtrack
• Flock Of Dimes’ Head Of Roses: Phantom Limb assortment
• James Krivchenia (of Huge Thief)’s Blood Karaoke
• The Crystal Technique’s The Journey Out
• Swedish Home Mafia’s Paradise Once more
• Tim Kasher’s Middling Age
• Vundabar’s Satan For The Hearth
• Prince Daddy & The Hyena’s self-titled
• Leikeli47’s Form Up
• Jerry Paper’s Free Time
• Alec Benjamin’s (Un)commentary
• Quaker Marriage ceremony’s Complete Disarray
• Greyhaven’s This Vivid And Lovely World
• A Wilhelm Scream’s Lose Your Delusion
• SAVAK’s Human Error / Human Delight
• These Arms Are Snakes’ Duct Tape & Shivering Crows
• Rush’s Shifting Photos – fortieth Anniversary
• House Is The place & Report Setter’s break up dissection lesson EP
• La Neve’s Historical past Solved EP
• Mal Blum’s Ain’t It Good EP