As Friends Rust release new album Any Joy on End Hits Records

As Friends Rust release new album Any Joy out now on

End Hits Records

Photo Credit: As Friends Rust

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Today, As Friends Rust have released their new album, Any Joy, on End Hits Records. On Any Joy, As Friends Rust have created an impactful seven songs, marking their first new music since 2020 and first full album since 2001. Originally formed in the late ‘90s, As Friends Rust has been through a few iterations, but it is the core line-up of vocalist Damien Moyal, guitarist Joseph Simmons, guitarist James Glayat, and drummer Timothy Kirkpatrick that are creating thought-provoking melodic punk music for the modern age. Not currently having a permanent bassist, the band called upon friend Andrew Seward (of Against Me!) to play bass on most of the record, with additional contributions from Simmons. The record is focused, confrontational, and catchy, packing lyrics with bite and rhythms to move along with. Lyrics tackle everything from the emptiness of emoticons as a form of communication on “Positive Mental Platitude” to the need for political and social activism versus the occurrences of daily life on “​​No Gods, Some Masters.”

Diving deeper in, Moyal states:

“The album is pretty varied topically, but there is a throughline in the way topics are addressed. In the past, as with many hardcore bands, ideas were presented from a more defined perspective, with a self-assuredness that, in retrospect, is pretty laughable given our ages at the time. On this album, most of the songs are left open as unanswered questions, shining light on an issue or even debating an issue from multiple perspectives, but ultimately leaving things unresolved. We’re trying to explore the nuances that sometimes get missed, or that we’re often too emotionally charged to consider.”

As the record sends off with the repetitive “We care, but not so much,” it sums up the attitude that As Friends Rust are making music for themselves, not for nostalgia, not for a paycheck, but to be shared with their long-time fans and anyone who wants to listen.

Any Joy was mixed by James Paul Wisner in Orlando, FL and mastered by Matthias Lohmöller in Germany.  It is available for purchase now through End Hit Records and can be streamed HERE.

The band will perform at The Fest in Gainesville this October, have a show in Brooklyn, NY in November and a European tour alongside Calling Hours, the new band from Popeye of Farside, starting September 29th. Full dates below.

Any Joy Tracklist:

1. Final Form

2. Positive Mental Platitude

3. See Us Now

4. Great Filter

5. The Walking Debt

6. Origin Stories

7. No Gods, Some Masters

Tour Dates:

w/ Calling Hours

29.09.23 Germany Schweinfurt Alter Stattbahnhof

30.09.23 Germany Hamburg Indra

01.10.23 Germany Leipzig Conne Island

02.10.23 Belgium Antwer Kavka

03.10.23 UK London Boston Music Room

04.10.23 Germany Wiesbaden Schlachthof

05.10.23 Germany Köln Gebäude 9

06.10.23 Germany München Hansa 39

07.10.23 Netherlands Arnhem Willemeen

Oct 28 – Gainesville, FL @ The Fest

Nov 18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus w/ Calling Hours


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