"If you can only pick one jazz-influenced post-punk band to listen to make sure it is Maximum Joy" Bob Moore
Maximum Joy released a 5-track EP of a selection of tracks recorded in 1982 from two exclusive live sessions for BBC radio legends John Peel and Kid Jensen. Newly remastered, corrected and cleaned for the exact tempo and optimum listening experience, the ‘BBC Radio 1 Sessions’ includes the popular tracks ‘Searching for a Feeling’ (previewing here on Soundcloud) and ‘Silent Street’ and is set for release on the 6 th May via London Field Recordings. “We discovered the existing Radio 1 session ‘tapes’ had suffered and decayed in quality and specifically were all running too slow and not true to the originals. These are restored to the original sound and recording quality,” says Janine Rainforth, Maximum Joy founder and vocalist.
Maximum Joy's Bandcamp - Station MXJY Maximum Joy's first and only album Station MXJY released in 1982 on Y Records has been reissued on 1972 Records and is available via Maximum Joy's Bandcamp link above and all reputable outlets - February 2019
Maximum Joy are pleased to announce the first vinyl re-issue in the UK of some of our singles - the release is on a new label named after Silent Street, one of the singles, a new collaboration of Blackest Ever Black & Idle Hands - this is a link to Bandcamp Silent Street Records page -
**The original sleeve to Maximum Joy's first single featuring front woman & an Maximum Joy originator Janine Rainforth (picture by Geraldine Ewer © J Rainforth) has been used as the artwork for Silent Street Record's first vinyl release - some of Maximum Joy's first single releases - release date 14.7.17 - available to pre-order on link below.
Kiran Sande of Blackest Ever Black waxes lyrical about the cover of Stretch in May issue of the Wire magazine:
To coincide with 6 Music Festival 2016 in Febuary Gilles Peterson invited Janine Rainforth in to speak to him on his BBC 6 Music programme about Bristol Underground Musical History,
Gideon Coe also ran a 1 hour special on the origins of new wave in the Avon area "Avon Calling" - Janine was invited to give her views on how things evolved.
Maximum Joy reformed in 2015 when they were invited to play at Simple Things, Bristol’s music festival, 24/10/15. Playing together for the first time as a band in over 25 years was an amazing experience.