CLEVELAND, Ohio — The world has changed quite a bit since The Grievance Club began work on their “Joymaykr” album, released Feb. 18.
The band – vocalist-guitarist Harrison Mills and vocalist-bassist Kevin Cappy – began gathering material for the project around 2017, following their 2016 EP “Being of Sound Body & Unsound Mind”. A few singles (“Marathon” from 2020, “Iconartist” from 2021) and a 2018 EP titled “Hive” pointed to something bigger in the works for The Grievance Club.
Griffin Taylor, a friend of the band, flew in from Chicago to play drums on a bunch of new songs. But right after the band followed up “Joymaykr” in February 2020, the coronavirus pandemic halted production work and canceled touring plans.
“We recorded it assuming it would be finished very soon, mixed and mastered over the next two months, and then toured it,” said bassist and vocalist Kevin Cappy. “Then a month later, the world kind of caught fire.”
Cappy and singer-guitarist Harrison Mills worked with longtime friend and former Grievance Club member Steve Perrino to engineer and produce the album over the next two years.
“It took a really long time, but from the start we made a pretty concerted effort and I think we did a good job of making it all cohesive enough, even though it was spread over a long period of time. ,” Mills said.
Now the group is ready to show off their finished product, and they have an upbeat new single “Sealegs” to get a taste of what to expect on “Joymaykr.” Listen below.
Mills and Cappy have said they’ve been playing together since high school in various bands, and Mills formed The Grievance Club in late 2013 or early 2014. In 2014, Cappy officially joined the band — and it looked a little different to the time.
“They were going to be a cover band from Chiodos. That’s my favorite fun fact,” Cappy commented. “When that inevitably didn’t work out, that’s when Harrison started writing songs, and Harrison’s songwriting was the real fundamental driving force behind this whole band.”
Both musicians contributed to the writing of “Joymaykr” – notably, Cappy wrote the song “Two Bells”, a stripped-down acoustic track. Other highlights of the album include the intense, driven rocker “Elliott” and the tender “Juniper”, written mostly by Mills, featuring Talor Smith, lead singer of local band Biitchseat.
Cappy and Mills said the album showcases each musician’s skills well.
“I think it’s our most natural, organic representation of the sum of its parts,” Mills said. “We’re really proud of it and really excited to finally release it.”
Currently, The Grievance Club is hosting an exit show for “Joymaykr,” but plans remain tentative due to the pandemic. The band has a Grog Shop-booked show with Biitchseat on March 5, and tickets are available on the venue’s website.
Follow The Grievance Club on Bandcamp at thegrievanceclub.bandcamp.com.
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