Joy Classic – “Metro”

Joy Classic

Baltimore psych-rockers Joy Classic showcase fluid guitar work and crisp hooks throughout “Metro”, a new track off their upcoming full-length. The band released their debut EP, Youth Buzzlast summer. Standouts like “Splash” provided nostalgic glimpses at pop/rock of the ’60s and ’70s, with reverb balancing well with melodic clarity. “Metro” continues the band’s accessible sound with more refined production — but that’s not to say the lovable nostalgic elements are gone. I’d pin “Metro” more along the lines of ’90s alternative; not that it’s a bad thing. As their name implies, Joy Classic conjure joyful sounds from an arsenal rooted in classic psych-rock and power-pop.

Joy Classic’s deft transition from the loose, feel-good verses into an emotive chorus – led by an additional guitar twang – reminds of the skillful songwriting of The War on Drugs’ Adam Granduciel and, formerly Kurt Vile. Those Philly natives have become touchstones of contemporary East Coast psych-rock revival, and the talented quartet of Joy Classic may be joining those ranks with their upcoming full-length. If the rest of the tracks are as good as “Metro”, we’re in for a real treat.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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