Hailing from various corners of the UK, Joyshop are based on the vocal duo of Tom McNeill and Beth Winter who met at university in 2006. Starting by playing small gigs, Tom and Beth finished their first year of university by sitting pretty irrelevant exams alongside recording a 16-track demo (when they should have been revising). It was the start of something musical.In September 2008 the duo grew a little with the addition of Tim (double bass), Nick (piano) and Elliot (drums). It was to be a fortuitous meeting of minds, tastes and drinks cabinets. The band played their first gig two days after the first practice, a spirited and collaborative approach that continues to inform their writing and performance.
After a year's worth of sporadic gigging, occasional practicing and frequent pub sessions, Joyshop set about compiling their work into a debut album. The record that emerged, Casual Sincerity, is a fine representation of a creative and versatile band having a great deal of fun with each other.
Experimentation with a more folky, mellow sound led to the conception of a second project in 2011, the reflectively titled Faith & Privilege. With lush string arrangements and a more searching lyrical style, this was to be a skillful negotiation of the Second Album Conundrum.
Now in their 5th year, Joyshop have just released Fables, a 10-track album written and recorded over 5 days in a cottage near Chichester. The new record showcases the band's continued form in song-writing across a variety of musical genres and has already enjoyed positive critical reception. The album was featured on iTunes and listed in their "What's Hot" list who described the album as being "laden with memorable hooks and clever harmonies".Joyshop would like to extend their thanks to the incredibly supportive, talented and unnecessarily critical friends and family who have helped them get this far. It is a supreme pleasure to make music for the enjoyment of your ears.