Street Joy, a new Los Angeles-based alternative duo, will self-release its self-titled debut album on June 1 on its own Trick Pony Records after issuing a series of sumptuous rock tracks over the past few months. One of the group's standouts is the crisply produced track "Moon," which can you hear in full below:
"This one takes a little more listening to get into," says Jason DeMayo, Street Joy's lead vocalist and guitarist, of "Moon," which we wrote nearly three years ago. While previously released songs like "Laurel Hill" and "Same As Me" might be more immediate, "Moon" captures the sun-kissed rock aesthetic that Street Joy is aiming for, with DeMayo's voice piercing through the dissonance with a slick confidence.
DeMayo and drummer/backup vocalist Scott Zimmerman met in high school and started jamming as students at the University of Oregon. After a year in college, the pair left the school and move down to Los Angeles to focus on Street Joy full-time. "That's when we really decided to go all in," says Zimmerman.
After recording music at a house in Silver Lake for nearly two years with engineer Michael Coleman, Street Joy will finally issue its debut LP next month. Although the pair has received interest from record labels and publishing companies, they're satisfied staying independent -- and building Trick Pony, their own label enterprise -- for the time being.
"We don't necessarily want to do it in a more traditional way, where we feel like we're working for a label," says Zimmerman. We want to work for ourselves, and if we can work with somebody, we're definitely interested in having someone get the album into people's hands."