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Tue 1st Nov 2022

Whelan’s Main Venue

New York American Indie rock outfit Joywave have today announced they are bringing their Cleanse tour to Dublin when they play Whelan’s on the 2nd November 2022, in celebration of their latest album Cleanse.

Tickets from €17.35 including booking fees on sale Thursday 4th August at 10AM

Cleanse is  Joywave’s  fourth  studio  album  and  is  the  follow-up  to  2020’s Possession which released  on  March  13th 2020  as  the  world  shut  down. With a virus ravaging the world and no possibility of touring for the foreseeable future, Joywave front man Daniel Armbruster was once again able  to  dig  into  his  own  psyche  and  see  what  surfaced.  The 10 tracks that make up Cleanse were   conceived, written   and   recorded   in Armbruster’s   home   studio   when “reminders of our fragile mortality were everywhere, punctuated by the ongoing pandemic  and civil unrest,” he notes. “Cleanse became the words, encouragement, and occasional cautions that I would want to share with you if this was the last time  we  spoke,” Armbruster  reflects. Highlights on the album include the catchy and clever “Buy American, “ the introspective “After Coffee”  which  celebrates the pleasures  of  the  mundane, the  ambient  groove  of  “Pray  For The Reboot,”  the  brooding  and  expansive  “The  Inversion”  and“Every  Window  Is  A  Mirror”  which according to Armbruster recalls “our inability to understand the experiences of others.”

“This is the first time since Joywave  has  been  a  known  entity  that  I  can  remember  no  one explicitly  asking  me  to  make  a  record.  Our third LP, Possession, came out March 13th 2020, and the world stopped just a few days later. Our whole album cycle was dead on arrival. We had spent close to 18 months making and setting up that record. It was crushing to watch everything we had worked so hard to roll out in just the right way obliterated in an instant.

But creatively, the timing couldn’t have been better. Something more positive began to emerge. With our dense touring schedule shelved, I was able to reflect on past travels and appreciate them  in  a  new  way.  But reminders of our fragile mortality were everywhere, punctuated by the ongoing pandemic and civil unrest. The music began to encompass all of this.  It became the words, encouragement, and occasional cautions that I would want to share with you if this was the last time we spoke.  And with all this time spent looking inward came the realization that there were still a few chips I was carrying on my shoulder that I needed to let go of. Maybe you have those too.

One of my first jobs ever was at a car wash. I thought of the band, after years spent on the road taking a breather.  Going through that wash process.  Watching all the dirt and mud stripped away. Coming out the other side refreshed and rejuvenated. Still having experienced everything from before, but no longer wearing the scars. Welcome to Cleanse” – Daniel Armbruster


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€17.35 available online from Whelan’s.

– 50c per ticket service charge applies on all bookings. Final ticket price may be higher from other outlets.

Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required.


Whelan’s Silent Disco from 10:30pm – 2 DJs, just pick the one you like best (€5 cover charge), plus Late Bar.