Modern Guilt – “Joy Control”


The latest track from rising London-based rockers Modern Guilt, “Joy Control” suavely conjures the aura of NYC’s ’70s rock scene. Steady percussive pulsing and murmuring guitars complement the confident vocal drive, reminiscent of Television’s Tom Verlaine, as spacey keys weave in prior to the chorus. “You keep me hangin’ on,” the vocals let out during this escalation, the moment of halted guitars playing with captivating momentum. The vocals take a momentary breather as atmospheric guitar tones emerge past the two-minute mark, reprising the chorus’ energy into a final, infectious conclusion. “Joy Control” channels a ’70s coolness alongside a contemporary rock edge, resulting in a stellar success from Modern Guilt.

This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of March 2022’ Spotify playlist.

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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