Most people don’t realize this, but Joyful Noise essentially began as a cassette label. Cassette releases by Joan Of Arc, of Montreal, Dinosaur Jr., Akron/Family, Danielson, and others helped to build this label. Some have even credited us for “pioneering the cassette resurgence”.
A return to our roots, GRAY AREA is new cassette subscription series featuring artists and side projects from JNR's extended family. 10 albums total, released monthly on digital and cassette, all packaged in a custom laser-etched wooden box set. Limited to 175 hand-numbered copies.
Includes side projects from El Ten Eleven, Joan of Arc, Swamp Dogg, Helvetia, Ohmme, Abner Trio, and more.
jess joy (formerly of Moon Honey) is a multimedia artist known for her immersive performance art experiences, and banshee-esque operatic vocals. As she transitioned into solo artistry, PATREEARCHY blossomed. Produced by Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, this new incarnation sees jess joy made new into a gossamer creature of mystery, of twinkling strings, and of dreams wrought in solar flares.
VIP Edition is ltd to 400 on black & white pinwheel vinyl, & includes a 7" Flexi-Disc. Also available in “Red Delicious” Vinyl + digital right this way…
OUT NOW: Swamp Dogg Sorry You Couldn’t Make It Demos
This EP is a raw, original collection of six tracks self-recorded by Swamp Dogg. Four of the songs made it onto the finished album, and two are being released here for the first time.
Sorry You Couldn’t Make It Demos is a unique time capsule featuring original sketches of what would become classic songs, and showcasing the long-standing brilliance of a constantly evolving, highly-influential artist. Reworked digitally sketched cover art by Ryan Hover.
Available on limited to 250 red cassette, with a T-shirt bundle, check it out right this way…
His second proper solo album, 'Rat-A-Tat-Tat!' is the follow-up to 2017's 'The Fickle Finger Of Fate'. This time around, Dale brings more of his live band into the mix, including Toshi Kasai and Steve McDonald (Redd Kross, Melvins).
Available on Purple Vinyl, Black Vinyl, CD, Digital, and Limited Edition VIP Vinyl (ltd. to 500, pressed on Red & Purple swirl vinyl with Black Splatter, includes an exclusive Bonus Flexi & glossy photo signed by Dale) right this way…
During the mid-1980s, Christian heavy metal began to emerge in American popular culture. ‘Electric Jesus’ tells the fictional story of one of those groups: a teenage Christian metal band called 316.
Any decent fictional rock biopic requires a convincing soundtrack, and Electric Jesus’ director Chris White found the perfect collaborator in Daniel Smith (Danielson, Danielson Famile, Brother Danielson). Smith is known for his highly unique vocal style, which is characterized by the frequent use of a screeching falsetto. Serendipitously, this sound overlaps perfectly with the screaming falsetto vocals of hair metal.
Available on 2xLP splatter vinyl (limited to 316) & 2xLP black vinyl, both with deluxe gatefold artwork.
ANNOUNCING: Sleep Party People - Sleep Party People (10th Anniversary Edition)
Recorded from his bedroom in Copenhagen 10 years ago, this album documents artist/composer Brian Batz' origins and evolution into the mysterious bunny-masked moniker known as Sleep Party People. LONG out of print, the now classic self-titled album is being reissued with reimagined artwork and 8 bonus tracks.
Available worldwide on February 19, the album is pressed on Pale Gold vinyl & limited VIP Edition Vinyl (limited to 400 hand-numbered copies on Black inside Pale Gold vinyl, with bonus screen-printed 7"). Check it out right this way...
Joyful Noise is not your standard record label... We are artistic facilitators for a wide variety of adventurous musicians.
We aren't focused on any particular genre, nor are we particularly focused on popularity. We value art over commerce,
and we exist to empower our artists to create the most meaningful work possible.
Since our humble beginning in 2003, Joyful Noise has grown a diverse roster of bands including: Kishi Bashi, Deerhoof, WHY?,
Tropical Fuck Storm, Son Lux, Joan of Arc, El Ten Eleven, Swamp Dogg, Ohmme, The Ophelias, Dale Crover, SUUNS, Sleep Party People,
Magic Sword, The Low Anthem, No Joy, Danielson, Oneida, Rob Crow, Sound of Ceres, Lou Barlow, and many others.
We have also released a slew of limited specialty releases on inventive formats (such as multi-spindle-holed vinyl, cassette box sets,
hybrid CD-records, a cymbal-record, etc.), and have created numerous record series such as
our VIP Editions
and White Label Series.
We like to push the boundaries of traditional formats, and make our physical releases as artful as the music they contain.
Joyful Noise is run by a small group of just 10 people who strive to create one of the most artist-friendly labels on the planet,
both in terms of artistic freedom and financial transparency. We also believe in social justice, and often use our label platform
to organize benefit releases for
struggling or marginalized communities around the world. We even started a "church" to help struggling musicians.
Our home base is in the great city of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.