The Joy Arson – Playground

I discovered The Joy Arson at Toronto’s Indie Week which took place last weekend. They celebrated their debut EP release Playground alongside Breached, who were also celebrating the release of their newest EP Left Behind.

The band’s drummerAnthony Dell’Orso passed me along their debut EP after the show, and I listened to it when I returned home to Montreal. Having played it over and over the last couple of days, it has become quite the addiction.

“Forever” is the first semi-heavy track on the album that reminds me a little of Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace with Matt Moffat’s strong andbroad, yet harmonic voice. Following is “Trust,” a catchy tune which is the first release on the compilation and which also happens to be my favorite track on the album. The chorus, “…maybe I can trust myself sometimes/ if I could change it I would/ maybe I can keep myself in line…” remainsstuck in my head.

“Repair” is a calmer, emotion-fueled track with a slower beat about moving on from a past relationship; “…all of the days just fill our lives with memories that we outgrow…” The simple guitar strums turn this song into quite the pretty (and possibly ‘relatable’) track.

“Far Better Days” is another tune with a slower beat that shows off Matt’s voice through crisp melodies and Kyle Smith’s simple and clean sounding guitar chords. I gotta give these guys props for the overall catchiness of each track on the album. They are really fun to listen to overall, but the originality lacks a tad as I feel I have heard this sound many times before. I’d like to see what these guys will bring to us as they progress and discover their sound more.

I was lucky enough to get to watch The Joy Arson perform this album live, and the stage presence and overall sound was really incredible, proving that this album is authentic and not over produced.

Hailing from the depths of Toronto, The Joy Arson are Matt Moffat (vocals), Kyle Smith (lead guitar), Anthony Dell’Orso (drums), and Rick Paolucci (bass). They are fairly new to the scene as a band and I think they have a future among the radio-friendly listeners as well as album collectors.

Written by Liz Imperiale

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Liz, founder and CEO of Bucketlist, Canada's first female-owned music webzine, is an avid lover of music and the arts who brings a rich, artistic background to every aspect of her life. As a child, she sang in a choir and has been playing keys on and off for 15 years. Liz’ musical inclinations coupled with her love of art allowed her to pursue a degree in media/marketing/design. After 20 years working in the music industry, booking raves, shows, handling promotion management, and managing artists she decided to form a webzine called Bucketlist Music Reviews. The zine was a medium for her to be able to help musicians gain some recognition that they deserved. She has taken advantage of this experience and pushed her career further in Public Relations and Social Media Management. Because of Liz’ wide knowledge and musical taste she DJs as well, blasting your favourite 80s and 90s tunes. If you find DJ Lizard Queen spinning in your town do not miss out - you may just have the time of your life.

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