Joya from London in England is the retro-rock band of Robert Sotelo, Dan Akerman and Ivan Mendiola.
Very new on the landscape Joya makes for a fascinating conundrum of continuum. Whilst discernibly of the past they are equally of the future. I see many bands who describe themselves as ‘post or proto – rock / punk / goth / metal etc.’ each as pretentious as the previous and does anyone know what any of those ‘proto-this /post-that’ genre definitions mean? These guys don’t try to hide their roots which spill like a sliced gut across the floor, and the entrails they eviscerate are of some fascination.
Smartly strung guitars twang their tight contusions, whilst a slapping bass excoriates the nether regions of the room whilst a snared percussion echoes the footsteps and around it all flights a vocal as Joya update sounds of the ’60s to a highly relevant space. There is an easy accessibility dating back to the foot-rungs of the ladders of pop-rock which the trio invest with the 21st Century.
A début EP appeared a couple of months ago, just days after all their social media spaces arrived, the appropriately named Primo. Joya to my mind have put most of the foundations in place and more importantly can compose music which engages, I wish them all the best with their career.
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