Artist Spotlight: Sick Joy

They may describe themselves as “pop’s ugly sister” but there’s nothing off-putting about Sick Joy.

Notably inspired by music of the 90s such as Pixies and Nirvana, Sick Joy fuse the concept of pop hooks and scuzzy guitars to develop their intriguing grunge sound that truly shows UK rock is alive and kicking. Mykl (guitar and vocals) Danny (bass) and Martyn (drums) are originally from Newcastle but moved down south to immerse themselves in Brighton’s iconic music scene – a gamble that has definitely paid off.

The trio released their debut EP Amateurs in March 2018, with leading singles ‘Smiling Shame’ and ‘Senses’ receiving regular radio plays from Kerrang!, Amazing Radio, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Introducing. They have also been added to playlists such as Spotify’s Hot New Bands, and Headphones curated by Deaf Havana. ‘Smiling Shame’ was even named Classic Rock Magazine’s track of the week immediately after its release. They followed up on this success with raucous single ‘Dissolve Me’ which premiered on Clash. Armed with mighty choruses and catchy hooks, it’s amassed over 56,000 streams on Spotify – making it their most popular song to date.

2019 is proving to be just as successful for the trio as they’ve just released a new EP to match ‘Dissolve Me’s prowess. Them Days was released just two weeks ago and features previously released singles ‘Shoot Your Lover’ and ‘Vibe Sucker”. All four tracks are bass-heavy groovers, with the two new ones adding more melody into the mix. The good reviews have been rolling in too, with Maximum Volume rating it 10/10, saying “Them Days is not an EP, it’s a statement of intent.” When The Horn Blows agreed it “feels more focused than ever”, and Highlight Magazine said “It is clear that Sick Joy is on the cusp of becoming that new band we can’t get enough of, making them a group worth paying attention to.”

Sick Joy have thrown themselves into the live circuit after being signed to X-ray Touring (the same booking agents as Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age and New Order), while also supporting the likes of Feeder, Hell Is For Heroes and Tigercub. Festival appearances include Camden Rocks, The Great Escape and 2000 Trees, and now Neighbourhood…