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Ambient instrumental post-rock ensemble Joy Wants Eternity had their origin in a Seattle basement in fall 2003, as a response to an ad requesting interested parties for experimenting with the creation of instrumental walls of noise. The end result was the five-piece of Emory Liu (drums), Salvador Huerta (guitar), Michael Sterling (guitar), Rob Thompson (guitar, Rhodes), and Daniel Salo (Rhodes, bass, guitar). Live, the band adds video and other media. In summer 2004, Joy Wants Eternity recorded their first EP, Must You Smash Your Ears Before You Learn to Listen with Your Eyes, officially issued in spring 2005. The band's first full-length, You Who Pretend to Sleep, was available by May 2007.
Joy Wants Eternity is a five piece post-rock band from Seattle. The band has drawn comparisons to Explosions in the Sky and Mogwai in album reviews with its melodic passages and equal parts ambience through heavily effected guitar. The Joy Wants Eternity song "You are the Vertical, You are the Horizon" was featured on radio talk show Sound Opinions. The band has played multiple shows with post-rock bands Caspian, Beware of Safety, and Seattle's own You.May.Die.In.The.Desert. The band's current label is XTAL Records. It can be surmised that the name of the band is a reference to the philosophical poem Zarathustra's roundelay of Friedrich Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra (see Walter Kaufmann's translation).
Formed in 2003, the original 15 piece lineup experimented with walls of sound and eventually pared down to a five piece before its first show. The band's first release came in 2005 with a self-released EP, Must You Smash Your Ears Before You Learn to Listen with Your Eyes. After a 90.3 KEXP-FM live performance, the band went in the studio to record their full length debut with the production assistant from the show, Andy Boyd. Released in May 2007 on local collective label Beep Repaired , the album You Who Pretend to Sleep received national attention with radio airplay and reviews. Silent Ballet, an instrumental rock online zine, listed it as No. 19 of the top 50 instrumental releases of 2007 worldwide. Japanese label XTAL Records picked up the band's release in 2008. After a US tour in 2008, the band began working on a new album, "The Fog Is Rising" which was released in May 2012.