nutley, New Jersey
Gritty yet melodic, introspective, and true; Peeled is the second album released by New Jersey emo/indie rock band Joyer. Joyer is the musical conceptualization between brothers Nick and Shane Sullivan who both assume all instrumental and vocal roles on the record. Their established backgrounds in visual art help guide the album into an interesting dialog about ideas of self actualization and gathered experience. Nick recently graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City with an emphasis in film and Shane is currently completing his degree in film from Emerson in Boston.
In Peeled, Joyer begins the album with slower, punchy tracks such as ‘Don’t Argue’ and ‘Here’ reminiscent of late nineteen nineties alternative rock- specifically ‘This is a Long Drive’ era Modest Mouse. The dreary, longing tones of the guitar riffs create a dreamlike, nostalgia-filled experience to the album. Peeled builds with each song and about halfway through, the tracks become more raw, upbeat, and experimental. Inspiration for the later tracks began to be sourced from more broad and bizarre sources. One track in particular, ‘Sleep’, was the product of a Soundcloud rapper reaching out for guitar tracks. Joyer liked their moody melody intended for the rap song so much that they kept it, fleshed it out, and manipulated it to create one of the more dynamic and unconventional songs on the record.