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California’s very own Joyce Manor have just landed back in Australia for the start of a tour that will also see them perform at the Farmer & The Owl Festival. This is, of course, all the back of their brand new album Million Dollars To Kill Me which HEAVY Mag’s Anna Rose Wilson recently sat down to chat to about with the band’s vocalist Barry Johnson.

“We came straight out of the gates with our first record,” says Johnson reflecting on the success of their debut self-titled album from 2011. “So I thought we were doomed to be one of those bands where none of their albums was ever as good as their first album. There were people around at the time that were saying that and I think that maybe initially every album that has come out has been a disappointment to fans. Critically they have always been really well received but I think that maybe our fans haven’t always been on board with whatever we have brought out since that second record, but over time they have gained traction… you know it is a weird thing people seem to be really down and then a couple of years later they are really excited about it.”

“Everybody has been talking about all these artistic chances and risks we have been taking,” says Johnson when he starts to talk about what people have been saying about the new album – Million Dollars To Kill Me. “But from our side, we’ve seen that it has been critically it has been appreciated and critically we have done well by that but from our fans, it wasn’t so it has taken a little while for them to accept it.”

You can listen to our full interview with Joyce Manor on Spotify.

Tickets for Joyce Manor’s Australian shows are now on sale. All the information can be found below.

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