Armed with a suave and effortlessly cool swagger, the video shows the band and a few friends casually waltzing through the track on their patio, accompanied by a genuinely impressive amount of a certain famous carbonated beverage.
The track itself possesses a relentlessly driving rhythm that propels it, building through gritty verses into infectiously anthemic choruses evocative of an angsty, self-affirming mantra. “It’s just a universally personal chant of frustration at a whole bunch of stuff,” says singer and guitarist Mykl. “Everyone knows that shit.”
‘Vibe Sucker’ is the second track to be taken from the band’s upcoming EPThem Days, following the release of ‘Shoot Your Lover’ earlier in the year to support from Radio 1, 6Music and Radio X.“It’s all in its name,”explains Mykl.“All of the songs were written around the same time, a period of a few months, which was kind of heavy but defining. They’re all hashed together parts of things that were going on around and how they affected myself, the other guys, the band, everything really.
“All of the artwork across the releases are from the walks I took at night to just take in some real life and breathe. A lot of the lyrics and stuff were written on those walks so it’s like a tour of its infancy. We had a space we played in and the songs came together properly up there too so each step of it coming together was really segregated from everything else.
“We went back up north to record and got a house too. We all lived together with our producer too and just lived it. We tried not to care about being a 3-piece band and just wanted to make a good record that we really dug. Something that was different from what we normally are but that we still enjoyed. I’m really proud of it and I can look back on everything that went into making it both good and bad, and be happy. That’s the whole point really.”
The releases come 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.
The band will be heading out on an extensive run of dates throughout October and November, with headline shows across the country including in Liverpool, Glasgow, London and Bristol, and festival slots at Neighbourhood, SWN and Live At Leeds.
‘Vibe Sucker’ and ‘Shoot Your Lover’ follow the single ‘Heaven’ and the band’s debut EPAmateurs, which was released last year and saw the band garner support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, Spotify, Kerrang, BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio and Radio X.
2019 TOUR DATES
11/10 – EBGB’s, Liverpool
12/10 – Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester
19/10 – SWN Festival, Cardiff
20/10 – Wild Paths Festival, Norwich
26/10 – Live At Leeds, Leeds
27/10 – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
07/11 – Think Tank, Newcastle
08/11 – The Garage (Attic Bar), Glasgow
09/11 – Network, Sheffield
14/11 – Camden Assembly, London
15/11 – The Mother’s Ruin, Bristol
16/11 – The Purple Turtle, Reading
17/11 – Rock City Basement, Nottingham
20/11 – Hope & Ruin, Brighton
Tickets are available here – sickjoy.com
THEM DAYS EP TRACKLIST
1. Playing Dead
2. Shoot Your Lover
3. Dirty Water
4. Vibe Sucker
“A scuzzy affair reminiscent of 90s alt-rock hits” – Dork
“[Sick Joy] are busy bringing back all the grungy best bits of
the 90s.” – Upset
It certainly seems like this new British band are bypassing Nirvana and going straight to the source of grunge, with delicious, building fuzz, quiet-loud dynamic and vocals that see-saw between a gnash and a caress.” – Kerrang
A taut, visceral burner, reminiscent of early Mudhoney with a pop touch, a snappy three-minute nugget of unbridled fury.” – CLASH
“Welcome to your lives Brighton trio Sick Joy, who aim to harness the power of music’s golden decade by blending their mix of hooky, poppy grunge with three chords and the truth, man.” – LOUDER