Joyce Manor - Never Hung Over Again
Joyce Manor was conceived in the back of a car in the Disneyland parking lot the kind of beginning California dreams are made of. Their first self-titled album in 2011 exploded out of nowhere; across two albums, they discovered what Joyce Manor really sounded like the speed and sense of melody of fellow South Bay band the Descendents, the artfully bittersweet lyricism of Jawbreaker and the undeniable heart-on-sleeve honesty of the first two Weezer albums. "Never Hungover Again" is an album of pop-punk in paradox, right down to the title and photo on the cover. From the first song, it's ten precisely put-together songs about how things fall apart, with some of the saddest lyrics you'd ever shout along to from the front row.