Night Of Joy began with a drunken conversation between members Ryan and Jay during a chance encounter in Portland.  They vowed that if they were ever living in the same place they would start a band that celebrated their mutual love for Pac NW indie rock, such as Pretty Girls Make Graves, Murder City Devils and Modest Mouse.  Over the next couple of years Ryan began stockpiling demos of angular guitar rock songs that he was unable to use for other projects.  Eventually, Jay and Ryan found themselves both back in Minneapolis and eager to start a band.  Filling out the line-up with close friends and like-minded musicians the band entered the studio with Knol Tate (KillSadie, Askeleton) and recorded their debut EP “Better Life”.  A successful and extremely debaucherous west coast tour followed.  Their second EP, “Fucking In The USA,” was quickly recorded with friend and studio wizard Ed Ackerson (Polara, Replacements) and showcased some of the band’s expanding influences with hints of The Stooges and Queens of the Stone Age coming through.  After another year of regional performances and writing the band has become a visceral live act, with vocalist Anthony Portz developing into a rock and roll madman, evoking the spirit of Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and Karen O.  March 2nd, 2018 will mark the release of the band’s new single “GOLD.”  This will be the first release in a series of singles with Los Angeles label Chain Letter Collective.


Anthony Portz - Vocals

Ryan Traster - Guitar, Keys

Christopher O’Hal - Guitar

Jay Steinmaus - Drums

Ray Ringer - Bass


Previous projects:

Small towns burn a little slower (Triple Crown/Rise Records), In Praise Of Folly (Lujo Records), Chris Pureka, Taj Raj, Ryan Traster Band, Cloudeyes