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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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"And then he ended up not moving to Africa," Serrin says. "So then, once Intro kind of fell apart, we were like, 'Well, we've got all these songs, we're sitting on an album, let's make the album.' So we made the album. We still didn't have a band. We still hadn't assembled any band to play live. There was really no intention to play live, we just wanted to make it and put it out there."

But the music caught some attention, both locally and nationally, and has sprouted not just legs but what suddenly seem like stout wings. Now Day Joy is a full band with the added horsepower of an all-star support cast currently consisting of guitarist Travis Reed (Loud Valley), bassist Artie Burer (Loud Valley) and drummer David Plakon (co-owner of North Avenue Studios, Saskatchewan bassist). And they're signed to Small Plates Records, an up-and-comer imprint created by the influential blogs I Guess I'm Floating and YVYNYL that's now part of the Frenchkiss label syndicate. Even for a band that began without ambition, it's impossible to ignore the opportunity at hand. As they stand on the threshold, they're forced to honestly weigh their defining and beloved home context against the chances that lie not very far beyond.

"It has the right ingredients for the beginning stages of a band," Serrin says of Orlando. "There's a lot of really good ingredients here. The scene's big but just small enough that you can know everybody that you need to know. We've got a good studio in town, everyone knows everyone just enough that you can get the appropriate amount of networking done."

The difficult reality is that Orlando might not be the best home base, though, moving forward. Noting the number of national bands that began here, he adds, "When it comes down to taking that first step, a lot of people abandon it at that point because it's like, 'OK, we're in a bad spot to tour, there's not necessarily as many connections here as there would be if we went to Baltimore or if we went to New York City or San Francisco or wherever.'"

What this means is a possible relocation for Day Joy. Some of the peripheral band members are already preparing to move to New York City. Depending on how some upcoming opportunities play out, Perceval and Serrin may follow suit.

Until then, however, there's a big record to push. Their release event this week kicks off their widest tour yet, covering the Eastern and Midwestern U.S. Besides hopefully touring all summer, the band is slated to play South by Southwest as well as perform a Daytrotter session. There are even talks of a European tour, something they want badly.

But wherever the gathering winds end up taking Day Joy, Perceval is insistent on one thing: "I'll say this: Regardless of whether we move to New York or wherever, we're still going to be an Orlando band. We're never going to say we're a Brooklyn band, you know what I mean?"

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