Every so often, you come across a band that people are talking about, a band that's still in its infancy but is poised to do great things, a band with potential a "buzz band." Boston's Joy Kills Sorrow is one of those bands.
I first saw them at the 2011 International Folk Alliance in Memphis, Tennessee. They were playing at one of the hotel room showcases. Even though it was a large hotel suite, it was rammed with music writers, label representatives, festival bookers, and jealous musicians eager to have a look at the band with all of the buzz.
After years of touring and building up their chops, it finally feels like Joy Kills Sorrow are ready to release the record that will take them to a higher level. Their mix of traditional string-band music with modern indie rock (I once heard them describe their music as "hipster bluegrass") is well suited a level of technical dexterity to the Mumford/Lumineers set.
In anticipation of their latest seven-song EP Awake (to be released June 7), they have posted a cover of The Postal Service's 2003 hit "Such Great Heights." Their goal was to take music that was made purely electronically, and subvert it by playing it purely acoustically. What has come out is a sure sign that this band will live up to its hype.
Take a listen: