LIVE: Joyce Manor

Joyce Manor welcomed their guests at a sold-out Observatory North Park with open punk-rock arms on Feb. 27. AJJ (Andrew Jackson Jihad) and Mrs. Magician opened the show.

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Joyce Manor headlined a jampacked lineup at the Observatory North Park on Feb. 27, 2016.
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Folk-punk band Andrew Jackson Jihad are joining them on their current tour.
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The all-ages Observatory North Park was completely sold out.
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Local indie pop/rock band Mrs. Magician opened the show.
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Joyce Manor hails from Torrance, California, and got their start in 2008.
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The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Barry Johnson (pictured), guitarist Chase Knobbe, drummer Jeff Enzor and bassist Matt Ebert.
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The idea for the moniker came from the name of the apartment building Johnson lived in at the time.
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Joyce Manor was originally a duo with Johnson and Knobbe, “which they thought up while drunk at Disneyland,” according to the band’s Wikipedia page.
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Punknews named their 2011 self-titled, full-length debut album “Album of the Year,” and it landed on many end-of-year best-of lists.
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Their next album, 2012’s “Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired,” included a cover of the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star.”
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The band then signed to Epitaph Records and released their third album, “Never Hungover Again,” on July 22, 2014.
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According to music outlets Chron and TheMusic.com.au, the band has received press attention for their stance on stage diving, after they interrupted several shows to call out stage divers.
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AJJ (formerly known as Andrew Jackson Jihad) got in on the action on Feb. 27.
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Originally hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, the band formed in 2004.
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The group consists of vocalist/guitarist Sean Bonnette (pictured), bassist Ben Gallaty, drummer Justin James White, Preston Bryant, Deacon Batchelor and Mark Glick.
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The quintet has received national press for their lyricism, which covers themes of social anxiety, poverty, humanity, religion, existentialism, and politics.
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The band changed its name from Andrew Jackson Jihad to AJJ earlier this year.
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According to a statement on the band’s website, Bonnette wrote: “1.) We are not Muslims, and as such, it is disrespectful and irresponsible for us to use the word jihad in our band’s name."
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The statement continued: “2.) We no longer wish to be a living reminder of president Andrew Jackson. Interesting historical figure as he was, he was an odious person and our fascination with him has grown stale.”
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AJJ has released five studio albums, starting with their 2005 debut, “Candy Cigarettes & Cap Guns.”
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They released their last studio album, “Christmas Island,” in 2014, and “Live at Knitting Factory” last year.
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They’ve also toured with Frank Turner, Into It. Over It, Laura Stevenson, Against Me!, and Future of the Left.
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Hometown heroes Mrs. Magician opened the show.
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The indie-rock/pop band consists of vocalist/guitarist Jacob Turnbloom, bassist Jordan Clark (pictured), guitarist Tommy Garcia, keyboardist/guitarist Michael Farmer and drummer Cory Stier.
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They released their debut album, “Strange Heaven,” to acclaim in 2012.
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The band followed up that effort with a collection of B-sides, fittingly named “B-Sides.”
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Their sophomore studio full-length, “Bermuda,” releases May 20, 2016, via Swami Records.
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