After being awarded the Help Musicians and Pledge Music’s ‘Emerging Artists Fund’, Sick Joy’s debut EP ‘Amateurs’ landed in March 2018, which saw singles ‘Smiling Shame’, ‘Senses’, and ‘Stumbler’ achieve support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, Spotify, Kerrang, BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio and Radio X, as well as glowing reviews from several tastemaker publications. The release coincided with a sold-out show at Green Door Store in Brighton, which lead to the band signing to X-Ray Touring and completing a full UK headline tour in October 2018, selling out shows in Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, London and Brighton.
Now in 2019, the band have released their new single ‘Shoot Your Lover’, their first release via their new signing with SO recordings.
A groove laden dose of QOTSA-esque alt-rock, ‘Shoot Your Lover’ blends powerful, distorted guitars lines with a relentlessly thundering bassline set against effortlessly emotive vocals, before descending into a chaotic frenzy of infectious, grungy abandon.
About the track, lead singer and guitarist Mykl comments, “Sometimes the things you think you love aren’t very good for you at all, they can be the things that are killing you.”
‘Shoot Your Lover’ comes after a great start to the year which has seen the band winning over new fans as they played with Dinosaur Pile-Up, Demob Happy and Pagan, as well as playing killer sets at The Great Escape and This Is Tomorrow festival.