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Joy Electric

Contemporary Christian synth pop group Joy Electric is the brainchild of Orange County, CA, native Ronnie Martin, formerly of Rainbow Rider and Dance House Children (which also featured his brother, Jason Martin, of Starflyer 59). Originally conceived as a solo project for Martin, Joy Electric featured bouncy pop songs with religious and whimsical lyrics set to sweet synthesizer melodies. The group debuted with 1994's Melody on Tooth & Nail Records, one of the premier independent Christian record labels, and home to Christian indie rock bands Velour 100 and MxPx. Melody and 1995's Five Stars for Failure EP were recorded with samplers, synthesizers, and drum machines, but on 1996's We Are the Music Makers Martin switched to using only analog synths for all melody and percussion parts.

After the release of 1997's Old Wives Tales remix EP, Joy Electric added the band's manager and keyboardist, Jeff Cloud, as an official member of the group. That year also saw the release of the band's most popular album yet, Robot Rock. Soon after, the group added another member, Caleb Mannann, and moved to the BEC record label. As growing interest from the secular music scene added to an already strong Christian following, Joy Electric continued gaining fans with 1998's The Land of Misfits EP and the following year's Children of the Lord EP and CHRISTIANsongs album. Along with their duties in Joy Electric, Cloud continued to run his Velvet Blue record label and promotion business, while Martin founded his own electronica label, the aptly named Plastiq Musiq.

2001 saw the unveiling of The White Songbook: Legacy, Vol. 1, a high-concept synth rock album that showed the growing ambitions of Joy Electric. The following year, a collection of new and old songs called The Art and Craft of Popular Music was released. But Martin wasn't done, no sir. In 2003 the prolific synth maestro issued the clickety pop, glitchy sweetness of the Tick Tock Treasury LP, followed a year later by the chillier traditionalist synth pop of the Friend of Mannequin EP and Hello, Mannequin full-length. Martin also found time to tour Christian festivals and develop Shepherd, an experimental guitar side project. The fourth volume in the Legacy series, The Ministry of Archers, came out the following year, accompanied by an EP, Montgolfier and the Romantic Balloons. Both albums were produced at the newly revamped Electric Joy Toy Company studio. The fifth and final Legacy album, The Otherly Opus, arrived in 2007. It was followed in 2008 by My Grandfather, the Cubist. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
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I Love this song
this cat is a pastor now, real humble and soild cat!!!
I think between the Martin bros they put out more records than all the early tooth and nail stuff. I miss those days!!
These guys were always rad, and super humble cats, and there tube socks were also rad!!!
I recently got into this band and now own 15 of their discs...plus all the offshoots... b o n voyage and starflyer 59...prolifi c brothers indeed...
saw them at the muhrry hill in jax very good
naomirosered
I saw Joy Electric at the Cornerstone Festival in Irvine, They were better than all the rock bands there =)
Shoot me,crucify me, and then set me on fire!!!!! PLEASE!!!!! BTW, I read the other comments and this is why they say, "leave a comment". Typical of Chri**t**ns, always stifling expression.
onecooltngee k
I listened to Joy Elec alot in the 90's. I still hum their songs from time to time. .. I'm excited to see they have so many albums to catch up on!
I have almost all the albums Joy Electric ever made, and I'm not ashamed to say it! - anonymous
shinigaminer d
only one being a hateful bigot here is you psychic.
mallory314
psychicjunki e . . . That's uncalled for. If you don't like the music, you don't need to comment.
(There's a reason I don't hang out on the Justin Bieber page...)
k_queen3
Yea Ronnie!
celine42
I like the bounciness of their songs. Very uplifting and about a very good topic too.
Truly a unique and wonderful band. My
love for this band and their bizarre
and unique sound defies all logic and
expectation. I can't reconcile it and
I'm not sure I could ever explain to
someone what the appeal is, but time
and again I find that this band can
crank out some killer tunes and more
impressively some phenomenally
exceptional albums. I = a fan ...
a little weird if you ask me...
not bad...
I just love the way he thinks. He's awesome at revising himself album after album (and i love how they are highly conceptual). He's sort of like bowie in his diversity, but unlike him he doesn't try to reinvent himself, he instead keeps improving himself down a somewhat linear path. That being said his latest album is always his best work. What a great artist!
my favorite artist of all time
Would you believe that his new album's art was created by Demon Hunter's the Clark brothers?! Found that out, so decided to check Joy Electric out...
Wish he had more of a dirty hardcore beat to it, then I'd like it. Right now its just too 'easy listening' for me.
find any concert info on his myspace page. comes to my home town of fresno, cali. a few times a year.
I like this kind of music taste, good artist. Anyone know where he performs.
If George Macdonald started a synth-pop group....
Love the sound. you do a great job

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