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Christian Eede , November 28th, 2018 13:51

MXMJoY, formed from Maximum Joy, return with album of all-new material led by single 'Can Man Conquer It All'

MXMJoY, the project of Bristol post-punk group Maximum Joy's founding members Janine Rainforth and Charlie Llewellin, will release a new album early next year, and streaming exclusively above is lead single 'Can Man Conquer It All'.

The track is the first taste of the brand new album, titled P.E.A.C.E., which sees the band fully debuting an all-new line-up on record, led by Rainforth's vocals. The album has come about following a reunion at Bristol festival Simple Things in 2015, with Rainforth and Llewellin both going into the studio together after the show.

"The last album that I worked on with Charlie in Maximum Joy was Station MXJY in 1982," Rainforth says. "The making of that was an experience in itself - it was made in the 'traditional' way if you like - for the most part of it we stayed at a recording studio and jammed and played until we got sounds and tracks we liked. For this new album we worked pretty fast and had the first track down and recorded by December. The autonomy I have found in making my solo music could be brought into how we constructed it."

The album was written and recorded between Rainforth's studio in Hackney and Llewellin's base in the US, with the pair being joined by bassist Marek Bero, guitarists James Byron and Jono Trott and drummer Miroslav Haldina, who all helped flesh out the sound of the new record.

P.E.A.C.E. is set for release via Rainforth's own label London Field Recordings in February.