Evan Kadan (guitar, vocals), Jake Leya (drums), and Zack Leya (bass) make up the Pittsburgh, PA based, self-proclaimed power-pop trio known as Tears Of Joy. Having played together in Pittsburgh’s local and DIY scene, all three were classically trained at the Duquesne School of Music, and will soon embark on a tour as half of another project called, AllegrA.
Though pop is their flavor, they’ve taken many inspirational cues from the likes of grunge, punk, and other heavier music, and combined these influences with an intention for simplicity. You’ll here those influences shining through subtly in their latest single, Lice.
While we at The Ark of Music are enormous fans of the electronic musical styles typically associated with the younger generations, it’s always refreshing to discover a group of young musicians who understand—and desire—to make music with real instruments, using real talent which they forged with hard work and study.
“I wanna comb you outta my life, like lice…”
–Tears of Joy, Lice
Staying true to their intention, Lice is a simple guitar, bass & drum song about young, angsty love with lyrics that are also simple and straight to the point. At the 1:55 mark there is a creative and lovely instrumental break, lasting the better part of a minute, which adds dimension and depth to the song, and gives listeners a glimpse at the full nature of the trio’s potential. All in all, the track is enjoyable, and shows promise for this young group.
The offspring of Marcy Playground and Gin Blossoms.
BELOW, you can listen to Tears Of Joy’s new single, Lice, and connect with their social media platforms. Please support Tears Of Joy by visiting them online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing their music. And, as always, thank you for supporting real music!