Electric Sound of Joy
|Electric Sound of Joy|
|Origin||Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England|
|Genres||Alternative rock, electronica|
|Years active||1994–early 2000s|
|Past members||Greg Kurcewicz
The band was formed in 1994 by Greg Kurcewicz (vocals/Guitar), Ben Rodgers (keyboards), Scott Nicholas (guitar), Dan Hayhurst (bass guitar), and John Revill (drums). After two limited-edition singles on the Earworm label and a November 1997 session for John Peel's BBC Radio 1 show, Kurcewicz left the band in 1998, and they shifted from Televisionesque rock to a more electronic instrumental sound that has been compared to Cluster and Stereolab. The band were described by the NME: "Like Air, they manage to be chic and cheerful, allowing a potentially icy groove to melt into a fantastic fanfare of sizzling synths", and by The Independent as "dark, broody instrumentals with a distinctive hook; spiritually morose, yet full of zeal and strangely uplifting". They performed at the Reading Festival in 1998 and signed to Foundry Records the same year. After an EP in late 1998, the band's eponymous debut album was issued in September 1999.
Kurcewicz and Hayhurst later collaborated with The Sonic Catering Band, and Hayhurst played on the latter's live album Live in Linz - Popkorn (2008). he also played in Echoboy, They Came form the Stars, and Sculpture.
Greg Kurcewicz still works as a musician on various projects, a fine artist and curator of artists' film.
Scott Nicholas produces moody lo-fi psychedelic folk-rock under the Venus Willendorf moniker.
- Electric Sound of Joy (1999), Foundry
- "Total Turn" (1997), Earworm
- "Play Away" (1997), Earworm
- Food of the Range EP (1998), Foundry
- Daughters of Destruction EP (2000), Foundry