October 5, 2021

Album Review: Superdestroyer – ‘Such Joy’

Emo tends to be seen as an inherently simplistic genre; the second a band gets too complex or too creative, they cease to be emo. With Such Joy, Superdestroyer is pushing back on that notion. In the same way that labelmates hey, ily clearly borrow from emo pop a la Bleed American or even We Are Beautiful We Are Doomed, Superdestroyer’s sound is a sort of inside-out take on the scrappy emo of Just Married or Whenever If Ever. The explosion of hey, ily or other like-minded lo-fi weirdo emo projects – like see through person, Rookie Card, or Lobsterfight – suggests the genre’s capacity for experimentation may be greater than anyone could’ve expected. Even among such luminaries, though, Such Joy is something unique. 

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