About The Late Joys
With influences that include The Beatles, The Kinks, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, The Jam, The Clash and loads of '80s and '90s Brit-pop guitar-based groups, the five-member band puts on a high-octane show that's groovy, melodic and infused with fun.
The Late Joys specialize in music that is upbeat and danceable, featuring original tunes penned by guitarist/frontman Robi Polgar and lead guitarist Scottie Hickman, as well as a slew of energetic covers from the 1960s and beyond. The rhythm section is driven by drummer Matt Patterson and bassist Patrick Lopez, and the band's bright and sparkly sound is rounded off with the trumpet (and occasional flugelhorn) stylings of Shane Lewis.
The band is known for its infectious sonic confections that offer a tasty combination of literate lyrics, catchy melodies and unabashedly progressive political sensibilities.
The Late Joys have enjoyed gigs at many Austin venues, including Momo's, Jovita's, The Saxon Pub, The Butterfly Bar, The Carousel Lounge, The Parlor and The Dirty Dog Bar, not to mention cafes, elementary schools and in friends' living rooms, backyards and more. The band often performs "unplugged" at more intimate venues, where a premium is placed on the intricacies of the material as well as the band's penchant for a warm and inviting rapport with the audience.
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The Road To Wigan Pier
The Late Joys began life as the house band in Robi's play about working-class Wigan, England circa 1930 (based on George Orwell's book, "The Road To Wigan Pier"). The play's themes of history, social upheaval, community, working-class redemption and the never-ending struggle against moneyed interests and the political elite dovetailed with the band's mix of '60s British Invasion guitar jangle and creative well-spring that recall Britain's late '70s and early '80s post-punk lyrics and sonic force. The result is a smart, energetic and entertaining act that'll get your groove on whether you like to GoGo or Pogo.
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Cover Songs The Late Joys Play
When we gig, The Late Joys usually play about a 60/40 mix of originals to covers. Here are some of cover songs we choose from:
All My Loving -- The Beatles
Can't Hardly Wait -- The Replacements
Ever Fallen In Love With Someone -- Buzzcocks
Hanging on the Telephone -- The Nerves, but you know the Blondie version
Heatwave -- Martha and the Vandellas
The Kids Are Alright -- The Who
Lover Her Madly -- The Doors
Middle of the Road -- The Pretenders
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding -- Nick Lowe
Pleasant Valley Sunday -- The Monkees
Pulling Mussels (From The Shell) -- Squeeze
Rain -- The Beatles
Secret Agent Man -- Johnny Rivers
She's Got a New Spell -- Billy Bragg
Sunny Afternoon -- The Kinks
That's Entertainment -- The Jam
The New World -- X
Town Called Malice -- The Jam
Up the Junction -- Squeeze
Waterloo Sunset -- The Kinks