Joy Kills Sorrow is an all-acoustic indie-pop band that pretty much defies description. After a summer-long cross-country tour, they are finally back in their hometown of Boston and gearing up for a show at the Lizard Lounge on September 21.
We caught up with vocalist Emma Beaton and banjoist Wes Corbett about being on the road, the mysterious allure of Pokey LaFarge, and which summer festival is the best.
So. Tour highlights—take turns—what was your favorite part?
Wes: My favorite part was when I wore a pair of Emma’s spandex leggings because [bass player] Bridget [Kearney] paid me thirty dollars to wear them for an entire show.
A whole show?
W: A whole show. They were purple with… orange geometric designs?
Emma: Yeah they were pretty 80’s.
There were a lot of highlights. It was a fun tour. There were so many good festivals.
W: Pokey has like, all the old-school entertainer mannerisms down. And it’s not—it doesn’t feel contrived at all. Like, he says “thank you” after every song, as he’s ending every song—it’s amazing. It’s super old-school.
Do you think you’re gonna, like, maybe steal a few of his tricks?
No, I was just hoping to sleep with him.
E: [singing] The ice is starting to melt, and I’m a-coming home soon—Thank you! Thank you!
So many good festivals. Would you pick a favorite?
E: They’re all so different, you know? All the festivals we play are super fun, just in different ways.
W: I would break it into, like, folk festivals and non folk festivals, and then indoor and outdoor for each of those categories.
Then you’d have one festival per category, and they’d each be your favorite!
Yeah, I’d have four favorite festivals. And then, maybe I’d have those four festivals fight to the death.
JOY KILLS SORROW
WITH FISH & BIRD