For such an unassuming name, Joe P makes a statement with his performance. His show at Exit/In embodied the spirit of the venue: unapologetic rock and roll. Joe P is rocker out of Asbury Park, New Jersey. His debut album, Emily Can’t Sing made a splash in the alt rock scene. Since then, he has followed up with an EP, “French Blonde” in 2021 and a steady rollout of singles. His latest song, “Glass House” solidifies him as a rising rock talent with a knack for how to write a sticky chorus.
Joe took the stage at the Exit Inn in a black leather jacket, clutching his SG guitar. The band wasted no time launching into the raucous “Color TV.” It was only after their gritty performance of “Fighting in the Car” that I realized the band had only three members, even though they put out enough sound for twice that many. Joe shot out jagged guitar licks from his guitar, making stompers like “Don’t Wanna Love U” really come alive. The bassist alternated between thumping bass guitar and thick, sludgy synthesizers that made the whole building buzz.
Joe slowed it down for a crowd singalong during the nostalgic “Kids In The Summer,” and cranked the energy back up for the infectiously catchy closer, “Off My Mind.” True to his Asbury Park heritage, Joe reappeared to play a solo cover of Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” for an encore performance. During the set, Joe told the audience this was the band’s first headline show in Nashville, but after witnessing them rock Exit/In, I’m sure it will not be their last. Make sure to catch Joe P next time they are in town, and stream “Glass House” to tide you over until then.
- Jefferson Deery
Photos Courtesy of Abbie Murphy (For Bell Music Magazine)