"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

How Maximum Joy Helped to Pioneer UK's Famed Bristol Sound - Bandcamp Daily

Janine an original founder of Maximum Joy spoke to Charlotte Richardson Andrews at the Guardian recently about the past, the present and the future.

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 -

I Can't Stand It Here On Quiet Nights - 9/10 Crack Magazine Best Reissue - Pitchfork

Resident Advisor announce Maximum Joy re-issue on Silent Street Records

The original sleeve to Maximum Joy's first single "Stretch" has been used as the artwork for Silent Street record's vinyl re-issue **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.

Janine Rainforth at the Lexington 27.10.15

Marek Bero extraordinaire at the Lexington

Charlie Llewellin central force  - at the Colston Hall, Simple Things 2015

James Byron guitarist supreme & Janine - Colston Hall, Simple Things 2015

Tony Wrafter & Charlie Llewellin at Simple Things 2015

Marek Bero, Charlie Llewellin, Tony Wrafter - Simple Things Review of Simple Things gig - first gig in 25 years - by Tim Wilson in Ransom Note

Maximum Joy - Line of Best Fit's top 5 to see at Simple Things

Cult post-punkers Maximum Joy choose now - Crack Magazine interview Oct 15

Crack Magazine announce Maximum Joy to reform!!

Line of Best Fit talk to Maximum Joy before their Simple Things gig.

Dancing in the Dark - Maximum Joy talk to Ransom Note about reforming

Maximum Joy's 'Let It Take You There' featured in BBC 6 Music's Lauren Laverne playlist this week, 28.4.15 yay!

Maximum Joy track Let It Take You There produced by seminal maestro Adrian Sherwood featured in this Warp release soon

Sherwood At The Controls:Vol 1 - featuring Maximum Joy track and lots of post-punk gems produced by Adrian Sherwood now available on Bleep.com

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Silent Street by Maximum Joy on Maximum Joy's You Tube
I Can't Stand it Here On Quiet Nights - Maximum Joy