Joyce Manor at the Knitting Factory (Treefort Music Festival)
Written by Lanny Lieu on April 1, 2015
Hi, we’re Joyce Manor and this our first time playing Boise in the evening.
Having played an earlier “secret” show at one of Boise’s most prominent record stores, the Record Exchange, emo/pop punk quartet, Joyce Manor, kicked off their second Treefort Music Festival set at the packed Knitting Factory with the infectious single, “Heart Tattoo.” Immediately, the front and center of the crowd formed a mosh pit with teens shoving and passionately singing along to front-man, Barry Johnson, who made an appearance in a navy blue baby turtleneck.
“Is anyone the kind of person who just can’t function when they’re high? Well, I am and this is what this next song is about,” remarks Johnson before playing “Schley” off of their highly praised 2014 LP, Never Hungover Again. The emotion behind Knobbe’s guitar-playing, Enzor’s drumming, and Ebert’s bass combined with Johnson’s raw and fervent vocals and his indelible stage presence kept the audience engaged and attentive every moment of the show. Performing songs such as “Constant Headache,” “Leather Jacket,” and “Orange Julius,” from their debut and sophomore releases, Joyce Manor and Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired, provoking nostalgia throughout the audience.
My only concern with the set was that it was way too short. Of all the sets I witnessed at Treefort, Joyce Manor was the only non-headliner in which the crowd wanted an encore from and boy, did those kids satisfy the audience.