Tonie Joy

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Tonie Joy
Birth name Anthony R. Joy
Genres Hard rock, psychedelic rock, post-hardcore, punk rock
Instruments Guitar, vocals, bass
Years active 1986–present
Labels Kill Rock Stars, Gravity, Gold Standard Laboratories, Vermiform, Ebullition, Vermin Scum
Associated acts Moss Icon, Breathing Walker, Lava, Universal Order of Armageddon, Born Against, The Great Unraveling, Men's Recovery Project, The Convocation, The Pilgrim, Cold Cave, Slow Bull

Anthony R. "Tonie" Joy is an American musician based in Baltimore, Maryland. Joy is known for his work in several underground rock and post-hardcore bands. He ran the independent record label Vermin Scum from 1989 until 2001.

Musical career[edit]

Having been inspired by his father Bill's early '70s acid rock band Grok and previous group The Verdicts, Joy began playing music as a teenager. In 1986 he co-founded Moss Icon[1] which is known as an early influence on the hardcore punk rock splinter genre known as "emotive hardcore" or emo.[2] Moss Icon were active until 1991, briefly in 2001, and occasionally since 2007.[3] In 1990 Joy played guitar in Breathing Walker, a band containing members of Moss Icon as well as other musicians. Shortly thereafter, following a brief period playing guitar in and contributing artwork to Lava, Joy co-founded Universal Order of Armageddon, another influential post-hardcore group.[4] During this time Joy served as the bassist in the final lineup of the political hardcore band Born Against.[5]

Joy's first appearance as a front man came in 1995 with The Great Unraveling, a band formed from the ashes of Universal Order of Armageddon. After their dissolution in 1997, Joy co-founded The Convocation Of..., who, despite a period of inactivity from 2002–2005, currently remain active under the name The Convocation.[6] Joy was an occasional member in the group Men's Recovery Project in the late 1990s. In 2010 he briefly played bass in the hard rock band The Pilgrim[7] and in 2011 played guitar on a few tracks on the Cold Cave LP Cherish the Light Years[8] and was a touring guitarist on their 2011 UK and EU tour. Later this year, Joy debuted his 7 piece live band called Slow Bull, the culmination of several years of solo writing and recording efforts.[5][9]


  1. ^ "Moss Appeal:Tonie Joy's first band follows him around – and molded his personal investment in music making". Baltimore City Paper. May 12, 2010. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ "What the heck *is* emo anyway?". Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Moss Icon Reunite for Live Shows". Pitchfork. March 1, 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Close to Far Away". Baltimore City Paper. January 19, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "FRIDAY: Tonie Joy & Slow Bull at Strange Matter". RVA. February 16, 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Convocation". Baltimore City Paper. April 13, 2005. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Pilgrim". Baltimore City Paper. January 25, 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Cold Cave – The Great Pan is Dead". Stereogum. April 4, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Tonie Joy and Slow Bull w/ The Pilgrim, Frosty & Hadol". Nashville Scene. February 24, 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 

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