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Fire with Fire!

JOY ON FIRE is excited to announce that its second album, Fire with Fire, will be released both digitally and on CD on November 1 by PROCRASTINATION RECORDS, home of 3rd Grade Friends, Penny Pistolero, and many other great bands.

Album cover by artist Bruno Gabrielli

JOY ON FIRE will be playing throughout the fall in support of Fire with Fire, with gigs in New York City, Jersey City, Allentown, Annapolis, Baltimore, Florence MA, and Burlington VT. Two of these shows—The Fox and Crow in Jersey City and The Metropolitan Lounge in Annapolis, where 3rd Grade Friends will be joining us on the bill—will be official CD release parties, where we will be performing Fire with Fire in its entirety.

 

 

 

Upcoming Shows:

Thursday Oct 12 – Paulie Gees, Baltimore, MD

Saturday Oct 14 – Café Nola, Frederick, MD

Friday Oct 20 – Gussy’s, NYC

Friday Nov 3 – Fox & Crow, Jersey City, NJ

Saturday Nov 4 – Alt Gallery, Allentown, PA

Friday Nov 17 – Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge, Annapolis, MD

Saturday Nov 18 – MT6 Fest, Baltimore, MD

Thursday Dec 7 – 13th Floor Lounge, Florence, MA

Friday Dec 8 – Radio Bean, Burlington, VT

Just Released! Night of the Night Sticks music video!

Here is the premiere of our video for “Night of the Night Sticks,” inspired by the video to Jimi Hendrix’s “Crosstown Traffic,” and filmed on the streets of Baltimore by Los Angeles filmmaker Kevin Liu. The song features lyrics by poet Brian Lampkin and guest vocals by Natalie Havens and, of course, music by Joy on Fire! Dig!!

Night of the Night Sticks

You can’t live in the city
without a rock in your hand.
You can’t live in the city
without a rock in your hand.
Joy was born in the city,
with a rock in her hand.
All the lies she’ll be told
won’t diminish her stand.

Joy measures the weight
of the rock in her hand.
She lives with the weight
of the rock in her hand.
This Baltimore gray
devours the sun.
This Baltimore night
will beat back the day.

Announcement: January shows!

We’ve got a lot of shows coming up next month! We are joining our friends, Bag of Humans, from Baltimore, MD, for shows in NYC and DC and then for a tour in NC, and one in New Orleans! Details below.

January 5* – The Pinch, DC
January 6* – Fat Baby, NYC
January 11* – Pour House Music Hall, Raleigh, NC
January 12* – Test Pattern, Winston-Salem, NC
January 13* – New York Pizza, Greensboro, NC
January 14 – Town Pump Tavern, Black Mountain, NC
January 15* – Gasa Gasa, New Orleans, LA
January 20 – Shrine, NYC
January 21 – Silvana, NYC
February 4* – The Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD
* with Bag of Humans

Then, after all of these shows, we are going to head to Mobtown Studios in Baltimore, MD again to start the third album, while we shop the second album, which is being mastered on January 9 at Salt Mastering, in Brooklyn, NY.

Joy On Fire to Host May Residency at SoHo’s Cupping Room Café

JOY ON FIRE will host an artist residency at SoHo’s Cupping Room Café, playing two sets every Friday in May. This residency occurs in conjunction with the completion of their second album You Will Awaken Now. They will be performing songs from You Will Awaken Now as well as from their self-titled debut and their soon-to-be-begun third album (recording to start on July 31 at Baltimore’s Mobtown Studios).

JoyOnFire HiRes GroupPieces range in style and texture from epic (“The Complete Book of Bonsai, Part Two”) to punk (“Kung-Fu Tea Party”) to jazz (“World Systems”) to punk-jazz (“Punk-Jazz 3000”) to dub (“Double Dub”) to combat-rock (“Night of the Night Sticks”). All feature the innovative soloing of Anna Meadors on saxophone (alto, baritone, and often both in the same song), the fluid rock-to-jazz-back-to-rock styling of drummer and percussionist Chris Olsen, and the riff- and effects-driven chordal bass playing of John Paul Carillo.

As well as the four Cupping Room Café shows, JOY ON FIRE will be playing additional May shows in Raleigh NC, Peekskill NY, Annapolis MD, Frederick MD, Boston MA, Long Island NY, Baltimore MD, and more TBA.

These May shows are a doorway to JOY ON FIRE becoming a New York-area band (JoF was formed in Baltimore in 2009 and was a North Carolina-based band from 2013 to 2016), as Anna has been accepted to Princeton University’s Ph.D. in Music Composition Program (congratulations Anna!), and Anna and John will take up residency near Chris in central New Jersey for at least the next five years.

JOY ON FIRE will add more regular shows in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Long Island, Jersey City, Hoboken, and the Hudson Valley to the rest of their East Coast circuit and will be venturing forth to new spots in Pennsylvania, New England, and beyond.

The Cupping Room Café is located in the heart of SoHo and is one of the oldest and most classic restaurants in the area. Established in 1977, The Cupping Room Café has a proud history of offering delicious food along with a full bar and gourmet coffee bar. Artwork from local artists hangs on their gallery walls, and their long-running Music Without Borders series spotlights local and touring bands every week. You can find The Cupping Room Café at 359 West Broadway at Broome Street, New York, NY 10013. The JOY ON FIRE artist residency is open to all ages and there is no cover charge. Music begins promptly at 8:00 p.m. every Friday in May.

Special thanks to Donna Moncur of Donna Shoots Photography for the collage above, created from her photos of last year’s residency at The Winery at St. George in Mohegan Lake, NY.

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The Cupping Room Café
359 West Broadway at Broome Street, NYC
www.cuppingroomcafe.com
Every Friday in May (5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27)
8-11 pm / free admission / all ages