Hailing from Bristol (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 in Clifton, Tom and Beth finished their first year of university by sitting pretty irrelevant exams alongside recording a 16-track demo in the dimly lit G-Corridor of Clifton Hill House. 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 infrom their writing and performance.
Joyshop digitally released their third studio record ‘Fables’ on Itunes yesterday. Fables is a ten track album written and recorded in 5 days in a cottage on the coast with little more than their own kit, microphones they cajoled out of friends and workmates, and several cases of warm Fosters (due to bad fridge planning). They are completely independant and seem to be doing a damn good job at it! Joyshop describe themselves as 'Folk & Roll for the Soul'.
"Well, for some reason (and it can only be good) Itunes has decided to give us a feature on their singer/songwriter page in their new and noteworthy section. Also, if you have iTunes 11 then we are featured on their home page and their music homepage."
"...The crazy moment when you see your album alongside your idols."