The Falling Joys formed in Canberra in 1985 with a mission to bring maximum pop to the masses. The early ever changing line-up, including at times saxophones, kazoo’s and tattoos, rehearsed in the tunnels under Commonwealth Park and played at parties, dives and the staple venue, the ANU Bar.
The first release, Wide Open Skies, was recorded at the infamous public radio institution, 2XX, and released on a compilation E.P. titled Duck Soup with fellow Canberra bands, The Gadflys and Secret Seven.
On moving to Sydney the Falling Joys settled into a four-piece line up with Suzie Higgie on guitar, lead vocals and songwriting, Stuart Robertson on guitar, Pat Hayes on bass and Peter Velzen (ex Plunderers) on drums. By 1988 the Joys were constantly playing with like-minded souls such as the Hummingbirds, the Honeys and Rat Cat. Triple J picked up the single, You’re In A Mess, and tours around Australia, often with close friends The Clouds, followed.
The Falling Joys recorded their first album, Wish List, in 1990 which featured the single, Lock It. Soon the crowds were chanting “… I really like you!” with a certain gusto. A tour of Canada and the USA provided the band with new fans, and many tall tales. A night in Seattle with Mudhoney can do that.The Falling Joys recorded the album, Psychohum, in London and to their amazement saw the single, Black Bandages, nominated as a must-have song by heavy metal magazine, Kerrang. Album standouts, such as the sparkling Incinerator and the haunting Winter’s Tale, with sublime vocal assistance from The Clouds, saw the Joys expand their musical horizons.
The third album, Aerial, was recorded in the wilds of Kangaroo Valley. Despite leeches and spiders, the album produced gems such as the lush Fiesta and Amen – a dance-floor fave later re-mixed by Boxcar.
So much comes naturally to the Falling Joys, that if I was a band, I’d probably hate them – Cameron Adams Beat Magazine March 4, 1992
We’re a high-powered, guitar -cranking, bass- thumping, drum- slamming, consolidated, melodic, loud, weird groovin’ fusion band – Suzie Higgie
It is almost impossible to continue searching for adjectives that adequately describe them; they are now, and always have been, flawless and fantastic live – Jo Chichester – APRA magazine Nov, 1991
The Falling Joys are extraordinary. They can tangle their guitars into the most exquisite knots – and write classic pop. They can sparkle, shine, shimmer, brood, menace and make brilliant records – Andrew Mueller – On the Street
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