Joy Missile

Joy Missile

 Naperville, Illinois, USA
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Biography

Chicago-based Joy Missile does more than just throw caution to the wind; they blast it into the atmosphere, welding together an unlikely yet seamless flow of alternative, pop and hard rock without fear or hesitation. Perfectly connecting and blending different musical styles, their complex and energetic sound seems familiar, yet amazingly fresh.

Featuring Chicago scene veterans Dana Monson (vocals); Jon Raleigh (guitar/vocals); Dave Bills (keyboards/vocals); Sean Black (guitar); Ed Monson (bass); and Jeff Bures (drums), Joy Missile debuted in 2005 with a self-titled album that introduced their wildly eclectic mash-up of musical styles. A track from the record, "Porcupine", hit the Top 10 at BandRadioLive.com and won an honorable mention at the 2005 Billboard Song Contest. Two years later, Joy Missile won the Gold Viking Award for Best Pop Band of 2007 from the SvensWorldRadio pod cast. "Follow Me Down" remains high on the MySpace (www.myspace.com/joymissile) play list.

In 2008, Joy Missile released their second album, Bent Perspective. The CD heightened the group's knack for crossing genre boundaries and deftly combined fiery performances with top-drawer songwriting. The bluesy Janis Joplin stomp of O'Mara's singing lays the foundation for ËœThese Are the Things" and the title track, creating a scorchingly seductive canvas on which guitarists Raleigh and Black paint the late-evening atmosphere with bruised riffs. On ËœBiometric Girl", O'Mara channels Gwen Stefani's high-pitched geek soul as her bandmates strut playfully with a reggae and ska backbeat, says Robert Sutton of Ink19.com in his January 2009 review of their CD Bent Perspective. Joy Missile challenges their creativity, talent and imagination to create a powerful sound uniquely their own.

Bent Perspective takes the band's positive vibe and pushes it even further. It features 8 new genre-bending songs recorded at Uptown Recording in Chicago. It is available online at http://cdbaby.com/cd/joymissile2. It was recently reviewed in the January 28th issue of ink19 (www.ink19.com). Checkout the review by Robert Sutton: http://www.ink19.com/issues/january2009/musicReviews/musicJ/joyMissile.html

Lyrics

Follow Me Down

Written By: Dave Bills


SO IF I HAVE TO GO
WILL YOU FOLLOW ME DOWN
OR WILL I HAVE TO LEAVE YOU AT THE GATE
I SEE YOU SITTIN AT THE RIGHT HANDS OF SHIVA
LOVE YOU TOO MUCH TO EVER LEAVE YA
BUT I'M NOT SURE
I GOT MY LESSONS STRAIGHT
SO IF I HAVE TO GO
WILL YOU FOLLOW ME DOWN

WHEN THE END IS NEAR
NO MORE GAMES TO BE PLAYED
I'LL WHISPER IN YOUR EAR
JUST TO SEE IF I CAN MAKE YOU AFRAID
AND WHEN THE TIME COMES
WILL YOU FOLLOW ME DOWN

GUESS IT'S NOT SO BAD
DREAM OF THE THINGS THAT WE COULD HAVE HAD
WHEN IT GETS TOO DEEP
THEN I LAY DOWN ON THE COALS AND TRY TO GET SOME SLEEP
REMEMBER THE TIME WHEN
YOU SAID YOU'D FOLLOW ME DOWN

Porcupine

Written By: Dave Bills

We're creeping in to your consciousness
Slipping into the subconscious
Beating on your bedroom door
We are the monsters under your floor

We work at night, sight unseen
Making noises so obscene
Climbing up to the precipice
We've turned our lives into such a mess

I don't want to be the one that you're afraid of
I don't want to be the one you fear
I just want to see the stuff that you are made of
Then all I want is to hold you near

We are not unlike a porcupine
Rolling over from a bottle of wine
Laying bare our stock in trade
You'd better purchase all the things we've made

It's too late now
The brakes are cut
Breaking windows 'cause the doors are shut
Thinkin' I'll stop now
It's time to go
Can't get pulled over before the show

Leave Right Now

Written By: Jon Raleigh / Dave Bills

They thought about it
This ain't working
They went to find it
They're still searching

Their hopes were crushed
Their faces long, dreams were gone
And all because of the time it took to figure it out

Their hopes were crushed
But they're pushing on, leaving home
They won't be judged and they can't be told that there's any doubt

Their hopes were crushed
It's not about the minimum
But when they're pushed then the shoving starts amid all the shouts

Their hopes were crushed
The plan went sour and came out wrong
Got such a rush when they finally learned what life was about

If you want to go then leave right now
If you've got to wander, wander on
But nothing's going to change from what you see right now
Unless you want to join the party
Leave right now, party hardy
Leave right now, join the party

They thought about it
And then they came right home
Their thoughts were clouded
The bird that's never flown

There's so many ways not to give up
So many vices you can never stop
Lots of people try to fly without their wings on
They sleep at night on golden pillows
People clutching to a dream they know is long gone
They catch a glimpse outside their window

The Apple

Written By: Dave Bills / Joy Missile

The apple doesn't fall
Very far from the tree
Unless it's shot
From a cannon
All the way across the ocean

And when it lands
In the sand
We can wade into the water
Pretend to be
the son and daughter
Of a somewhat surly native
In the sun

Does the apple gain emotion
On its trip across the ocean
Or does it lay there on the beach
Floating contently out of reach
Could it be that very fruit
Out of which evil took root
Hard to believe this tasty seed
Could be the source of all our greed
And so it goes

Do you believe me now like I believe in you
Do you see it now... you say you do
Do you promise me like I promise you
Will you stay with me if I stay with you
In the sun

Discography

Joy Missile (self-titled release) - (2005)
http://cdbaby.com/cd/joymissile
Joy Missile - Bent Perspective - (2008)
http://cdbaby.com/cd/joymissile2

Set List

Follow Me Down
Leave Behind
So You Know
Porcupine
Dream in a Day
Sunshine
(Watch Me) Fade Away
Bent Perspective
Clutch the Lawn
Home
Leave Right Now
Conspiracy in Chicago
These Are The Things
Biometric Girl
The Apple
Talk of the Town

We also throw in a cover or three on occasion, usually something different every time... but recent covers have included Tracy Chapman, Jet, Janis Joplin, Matthew Sweet and John Lee Hooker.

Set times are flexible. We can play anywhere from 45 minute to 3 hours, as needed.