NEW ALBUM, JULY 2023:
Critical praise for 'Joyboys In The Grindhouse'
"Name Sayers have pushed the envelope
and it's proven a success ... It's about time
the world took note."
- York Calling
"A true art house masterpiece."
- Indie Boulevard
"Name Sayers burn bright on the cutting edge of pop music’s
possibilities ... a must-hear for anyone interested
in modern music near its apex."
- Indie Pulse Music
"Scintillating ... fusing sounds from psych-rock,
hip-hop and synth-pop, to cumbia ..."
"They sound inexhaustible and like
they’re just starting to scratch the surface
of what they can do."
- Vents Magazine
Produced by Grammy nominee Grant Eppley (for Spoon's Lucifer On The Sofa)
Mastered by Calbi/Fallone at Sterling Sound
Featuring guitarist Wayne Kramer and rappers Chris Conde and E-Turn
Singles: "Reaper," "Lioness," "Gravedancer (ft. Chris Conde)," and
"Three Will Grow Back (ft. Wayne Kramer, Chris Conde, and E-Turn"
Private stream of Joyboys In The Grindhouse:
"We Multiply" Video
"Three Will Grow Back" ft. Wayne Kramer, Chris Conde, E-Turn
"Receiving Evil" video
"Gravedancing Again" video
Name Sayers is pleased to announce the July 2023 release of Joyboys In The Grindhouse. The album marks a pop evolution for the band, incorporating elements of psych rock, hip hop, synth pop, and cumbia, and featuring guest appearances from guitarist Wayne Kramer of The MC5, Brooklyn rapper Chris Conde, and Orlando rapper E-Turn. The album was produced by Grammy nominee Grant Eppley (for Spoon's Lucifer On The Sofa).
Name Sayers' personell includes Devin James Fry on vocals and various instruments, Grant Himmler on bass, Garrett Hellman on guitar, and Marc Henry on drums.
"We made some brutal pop songs," says Fry, "and celebrated everyone's creative input along the way. Joyboys dips in and out of sonic worlds while still being very much a Name Sayers joint."
The band has a history of organizing, producing, and promoting successful destination shows, including supporting the Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Matt Sweeney collaboration, Superwolves, in the towering main chamber of Longhorn Caverns, and the Black Angels' Alex Maas, in the picturesque desolation of a Texas ghost town.
The taut lyrics of Joyboys In The Grindhouse touch on sex, psychonautic tour experiences, self-medication for social anxiety, and the resiliency which can result from sustained political resistance.
The album's title nods to both a wry sense of camp that imbues the project and to Fry's hands-on profession as a surgical instrument sharpener. Fully 49 songs were written, demoed, and culled to the 11 that constitute Joyboys.
"In making a record, as in sharpening," says Fry, "you grind away what you don't need."
The album cover, meticulously photographed in the style of a Dutch Old Master by Dylan O'Connor, features such disconcerting preparations as a chocolate-drenched ham, dangerous utensils, wires suspended in melting Jello, a salad dressed with cigarette butts, and other details.
"It's a Carravagio of ruin, like most of life," says Fry. "You either laugh or die even sooner."
Joyboys In The Grindhouse is available as an audiophile 180-gram LP, as well as digitally and on CD.
A liner photo from Joyboys In The Grindhouse
Previously released from Name Sayers: