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Day Joy releases much-anticipated debut album

'Go to Sleep, Mess' premieres on 'Paste', receives early praise

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But it was in a different part of town that the two principals at Day Joy's creative core first crossed paths: in Spanish class as University of Central Florida students. Perceval, an avowed music aficionado, learned about Serrin's work as a musician due to the latter's ass-pull of a class presentation. Scrambling for an on-the-spot visual aid for a forgotten verbal assignment, Serrin improvised by pulling up his Facebook page on the classroom projector for discussion. On it were pictures of his then-band, notable locals An Introduction to Sunshine.

Their bond hence would be forged in music. And their dynamic – individual as well as interpersonal – is the essence of Day Joy. In background and perspective, the two collaborators approach music from different sides. As a player and student, Serrin has practical and academic credentials. Perceval, however, comes from a critical point of view as a music journalist and enthusiast (he's the founder of culture blog the Dropp), something Serrin prizes in a writing partner.

"I love that," says Serrin. "Constantly, as a band, you hear people after the show always like, 'Oh, great job, great job.' It's totally nice, though, when you have the few people that are just really honest."

Born and raised in the Orlando area, singer and lyricist Serrin, 23, went from teaching himself guitar and other instruments at a young age (through his childhood best friend's musical family) to formalizing his education in classical piano during high school at Lake Mary. By shadowing composer Christopher Weiss, who himself studied under noted modern composer Richard Danielpour, Serrin learned how to score music, write chamber pieces and perform recitals in front of large school audiences. He even became a paid pianist, performing large services at his church.

But in his personal time, his penchant was writing folk songs in his room on guitar. His foray into indiedom was with the aforementioned An Introduction to Sunshine, a technical pop group that started to coalesce toward the end of his time in high school, winning the battle of the bands in his senior year. By Serrin's college freshman year, the act was at its zenith as one of the city's more prominent indie bands, playing Orlando clubs regularly. That's the same timeframe for when Serrin and Perceval met at UCF.

By contrast, Day Joy serves as the first band for 27-year-old guitarist Perceval. The self-taught Pensacola native took an almost entirely intuitive path, beginning in high school when he started to write music and acquire instruments.

"All of my friends – like [Day Joy bandmates] Michael, Travis [Reed], Artie [Burer], Dave [Plakon] – they all come from musical backgrounds where they know a little bit of theory, and they understand music," Perceval says. "And I came from a background of critical analysis and being a writer, having an ear, you know what I mean? But I've always loved music, and I always would play it."

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