In the 1980s, Bristol based band Maximum Joy were at the forefront of the punk-funk movement that swept over the UK. Formed in 1981, their individual style combined elements of afrobeat, avant-garde jazz and pop to name a few, illustrating the originality of their music and reflecting the diverse sound of the South Western city. Though the band disformed in 1983, original members Janine Rainforth and Charlie Llewellin reimagined the group as MXMJoY, re-forming in 2015 alongside Marek Bro, James Byron, Jono Trott, Miroslav Haldina and producer David McEwen. Next year, the band are set to return to the public soundwaves with a new album, fusing their historic sound with contemporary twists and ideas.
Out on the 22nd February via London Field Recordings, you can stream single ‘Can Man Conquer it All’ HERE.