Joy Opposites have today announced new EP ‘Bad Phase’ which will be released digitally on July 10th via Hostess Entertainment, simultaneously unveiling the visual video of the title track, directed by Johnny TV, noted for his astounding visual work for some of the biggest names in music, from Metallica to The Chemical Brothers.
The EP includes 3 original songs and 4 covers of artists dear to the band’s heart, covering a range of genres that Joy Opposites sits somewhere in the middle of. The EP was recorded in the band’s bedrooms and mixed by the band’s very own Imran (Guitars/Synths/Vocals). Commenting on the lyrical change in direction on this EP, vocalist/guitarist Adam muses “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 spiralling 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.”
Bad Phase is the band closing the door on one ‘phase’ of Joy Opposites and opening another. The title of the EP came from an email exchange between the two members when the band was at its lowest ebb – Adam saw the words ‘Bad Phase’ in one of Immy’s emails and it fit just right. Says Imran, “It’s no secret that the band has had more than its fair share of struggles over its short lifetime but thankfully, we managed to overcome them. This EP is us putting that whole period to bed and looking towards the future”.
Joy Opposites was formed around the songwriting partnership of Adam Graham and Imran Siddiqi in 2016. In summer of that year they released their first album, ‘Swim’, produced by Alex Newport (At the Drive-in, Death Cab for Cutie) and recorded at Dave Grohl’s legendary Studio 606 in Los Angeles. The record immediately earned the band their first ever live appearance at Summer Sonic, one of the biggest and most well-known music festivals in Japan. Following tours with some of Japan’s biggest domestic rock artists such as MAN WITH A MISSION, coldrain and Crossfaith, as well as main support slots for US bands Nothing and Citizen, the band went back into the studio and self-produced their second album ‘Find Hell’ in 2017. Recorded with engineer Liam Nolan (Adele, Paul McCartney, Zayn) at Metropolis Studios in London, this album saw the band widening their sonic palette and experimenting more with synths and programmed beats, whilst not forgetting their poppy yet dark rock music roots. Their new EP “Bad Phase” is released July 10th 2019.