Joywave have released their haunting new single, “Blank Slate,” available now on Cultco Music/Hollywood Records for streaming and download; a companion video is currently in post-production and will premiere later this month.

Produced at Joywave’s own studio in Rochester, NY by band founder Daniel Armbruster, arranged by Armbruster and his fellow band members Joseph Morinelli, Paul Brenner, and Benjamin Bailey, and mixed by Dan Grech-Marguerat (The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Lana Del Rey), “Blank Slate” presents another striking glimpse at the Joywave’s wide-ranging sonic influences, its future-facing R&B approach (via a devilishly creepy keyboard line) masterfully accentuating Armbruster’s transformative lyrical content.

“A large portion of our new record deals with this idea of ‘possession,’” Armbruster says in an exclusive Audio Commentary, “and ‘Blank Slate’ is no different. It’s about truly giving yourself over to another person, not being too rigid and allowing yourself to be changed, which is really scary. It’s hard to be that vulnerable and it’s easy to get hurt. The song always sounds like dancing skeletons to me, but this is actually only the second or third ‘spookiest’ song on the album.”


“Blank Slate” continues a series of noteworthy new single releases from Joywave, including “Obsession“ and “Like A Kennedy.” Both tracks were accompanied by equally imaginative videos, streaming now via the band’s official YouTube channel. What’s more, “Obsession“ is joined by an exclusive Marvel Comics visualizer, starring The Avengers – including self- proclaimed Joywave fan Captain America – and streaming now via the official MarvelMusic VEVO channel.

“Blank Slate,” “Obsession,” and “Like A Kennedy” stand together as an unmistakable display of Joywave’s evolution from the basement to the big stage, fearlessly assimilating genres, motifs, and big ideas into its own one-of-a-kind identity. Additional new tracks and companion visuals will be unveiled in the coming months, followed in 2020 by the eagerly awaited release of their as-yet-untitled third full-length LP.

Joywave – who this week wrapped a major North American run as special guests on Bastille’s successful “Doom Days Tour, Part 1” – has heralded their upcoming new album in recent months with a series of intimate live performances, including sold out shows in Los Angeles, Brooklyn, and their hometown Rochester, NY. “The Possession Sessions” conclude with an exclusive headline show at London’s The Lexington on November 20. From there, Joywave will return to America for a number of headline dates and radio-sponsored holiday concerts, including X107.5’s Holiday Havoc, headlined by The 1975 and set for Tuesday, December 3 at Las Vegas, NV’s The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and the 103.9 RXP Miracle on Platte Christmas Show, slated for Friday, December 6 at Colorado Springs, CO’s The Black Sheep. For complete details and ticket availability, please see


ON TOUR 2019


20 – London, UK – The Lexington *


3 – Las Vegas, NV – X107.5’s Holiday Havoc @ The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

5 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf

6 – Colorado Springs, CO – 103.9 RXP Miracle on Platte Christmas Show @ The Black Sheep

7 – Estes Park, CO – The Stanley Hotel


About RJ Frometa

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