This is the first time since Joywave has been a known entity that I can remember no one explicitly asking me to make a record. Our third LP, Possession, came out on March 13, 2020, and the world stopped just a few days later. Our whole album cycle was dead on arrival. We had spent close to 18 months making and setting up that record. It was crushing to watch everything we had worked so hard to roll out in just the right way obliterated in an instant.

But creatively, the timing couldn’t have been better. Something more positive began to emerge. With our dense touring schedule shelved, I was able to reflect on past travels and appreciate them in a new way. But reminders of our fragile mortality were everywhere, punctuated by the ongoing pandemic and civil unrest. The music began to encompass all of this. It became the words, encouragement, and occasional cautions that I would want to share with you if this was the last time we spoke. And with all this time spent looking inward came the realization that there were still a few chips I was carrying on my shoulder that I needed to let go of. Maybe you have those too.

One of my first jobs ever was at a car wash. I thought of the band, after years spent on the road taking a breather. Going through that wash process. Watching all the dirt and mud stripped away. Coming out the other side refreshed and rejuvenated. Still having experienced everything from before, but no longer wearing the scars.

Welcome to Cleanse (2022).

Upcoming Shows


Mar
8
th
First Avenue
Mar
8
th
First Avenue

Past Shows


Mar
5
th
2022
Fine Line
Mar
5
th
2022
Fine Line

Joywave

The Cleanse Tour
with Almost Monday
May
17
th
2020
Fine Line
May
17
th
2020
Fine Line
Cancelled

Joywave

The Possession Tour
Nov
22
nd
2017
7th St Entry
Nov
22
nd
2017
7th St Entry

Joywave

with The Aces and Maybird
Sep
29
th
2015
Triple Rock Social Club
Sep
29
th
2015
Triple Rock Social Club

Joywave

with Grace Mitchell and Priest
Oct
17
th
2014
Fine Line
Oct
17
th
2014
Fine Line

Betty Who

with Joywave and Great Good Fine Ok

More Shows

May
8
th
Turf Club

Satsang

Jun
2
nd
The Cedar Cultural Center

John Moreland

with Ken Pomeroy
Jul
25
th
7th St Entry

Guerilla Toss

May
24
th
Fine Line

Emo Nite