For today's up and coming pop punk bands post, we're bringing to you Joy Became Clear, who hail from Germany. The band comprise of a catchy easycore sound, merged with a distinctive post-hardcore edge. Guitarist, Pascal Weick, answered a few questions for us so we could get to know a bit more about the band...
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
We are from Karlsruhe, a city in southern Germany. Basically from a very very small village near Karlsruhe called Huttenheim. But yeah - let‘s say Karlsruhe, that sounds bigger.
HOW DID YOUR BAND FORM?
In this lineup Joy Became Clear was "reformed“ in 2014. The band was formed back in 2005 and was active until 2010, playing festivals such as Hurricane or in front of the Brandburg Gate in Berlin. After that, the band took a break for 4 years that were necessary for the obligatory emo-punk side parting of that time to evolve into a very very manly beard.
2014 was the year the evolution was completed and a restart was initiated. With new facial hair, the band wanted to come back...but one band member didn't survive that evolution, so the 3 remaining members Julian Baader (Vocals, Guitar), Daniel Covic (Drums) and David Romstein (Bass, Shouts) asked Daniel Doug Jasinski (Guitar, Vocals) and me (Pascal Weick; Guitar) to join the band and replace the missing member. That‘s it I guess...and now we are here.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR BAND NAME?
We opened a few fortune cookies to find cool ideas for a band name...but we couldn‘t find something cool. So we named our band "Joy Became Clear“. Sounded cool to us.
LAST YEAR YOU RELEASED 'NOTHING MORE THAN A GOLDEN FICTIVE LIFELINE, TELL US A BIT ABOUT IT...
You can say it‘s our "debut EP“, as it is the first CD we recorded in the new lineup after the reestablishment of the band. It is a slightly different sound from what the band has done before, as we now have 3 guitarists and Doug and me are also involved in the writing process. It‘s now like we have 2 lead-guitars and one rhythm-guitar, so we can work with a lot of cool guitar parts without sounding different to our live sound.So, if you don‘t hear guitars on the record, you won‘t hear them when listening to us live. On that record, the melodics and catchiness of pop-punk and the rawness and power of post-hardcore merge to a new refreshing sound.
We can say that we are very proud of every single song on that record. We would be pleased if you give it a listen.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SONG FROM NOTHING MORE THAN A GOLDEN FICTIVE LIFELINE AND WHY?
That‘s hard to tell...If I have to make a decision - it would be "The Stage Of Life“. It has that very special feel - a mixture of melancholy, euphoria and crispness - when listening to it or playing it live. Also it‘s one of the most fun songs to play live and the breakdown rules.
DO YOU PREFER RECORDING OR PLAYING LIVE?
Definitely playling live. Recording is fun, but playing live is way more fun. It‘s also the only sport we do and so we enjoy bringing our shaped-by-german-beer-bodies into shape while flipping around on stage. I would also say we are definitely a live band. On the recordings we might sound very serious and stuff like that..but live it‘s also the kind of how we don‘t take ourselves too seriously that makes our live shows really fun for the audience.
IF YOU COULD PLAY A SHOW WITH ANY BAND WHO WOULD IT BE?
For us I think it would be Biffy Clyro, as we are all fans of that band...or Helene Fischer. She‘s hot. We like her.
For me personally it would be Senses Fail. They were a big influence to me as a musician and songwriter and it would be really great sharing a stage with them.
This February, we had the opportunity to play two shows with Falling In Reverse in Germany...which was a great thing for us and kind of a band we really wanted to play a show with, as we grew up listening to the old Escape The Fate when Ronnie Radke was part of that band. It was a great experience.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF ALL TIME?
For me personally, my top five albums are:
Blink 182 - Dude Ranch
Senses Fail - Life Is Not A Waiting Room
Escape The Fate - There‘s No Sympathy For The Dead
Jimmy Eat World - Clarity
No Use For A Name - The Feel Good Record Of The Year
Check out the video for Nothing To Regret below:
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