Joyce Manor revived pop-punk by being themselves. New Found Glory and Blink 182 have become relics; founders of a style plagued by Hot Topic graphic tees and Warped Tour sunburns. Thankfully, Joyce Manor play with their hearts on display while wielding a sharper-edged weapon, armed with far more than breakup angst and fart jokes.
Never Hungover Again is the 3rd full length from Joyce Manor, and their most “grown up” record to date. They play fast and passionate like fellow new-school heroes The Menzingers, and like their counterparts keep it entirely real while burying us in their fantasy land. If “Catalina Fight Song” and “The Jerk” don’t make you simultaneously head nod and smirk, you’re old and jaded. Never Hungover Again might be the most focused 25 minutes you hear all year.