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. Connecting and blending different musical styles, their complex and energetic sound seems familiar, yet 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.
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 ˜These 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 ˜Biometric 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.