Folk Implosion Sign To Joyful Noise

The Folk Implosion, the indie duo of Lou Barlow (Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr.) and John Davis, has signed to Joyful Noise Recordings. To celebrate the signing, JNR has surprise-reissued the band’s four-track recorded album, 1994’s Take a Look Inside…, on cassette for the first time ever. Limited to 400 copies in silver shells, Take a Look Inside… is available now at select record stores and the Joyful Noise website.
The Folk Implosion "Sputnik's Down" (Official Music Video)
Footage by Michael Galinsky (Rumur)
Editing by David Moose Adamson
Additional editing by Suki Hawley (Rumur)
Formed in 1993 by Barlow and Davis as a songwriting and DIY recording project, The Folk Implosion released an album and a few singles on Communion before finding unexpected success in 1995 when they were commissioned to do the soundtrack to the film Kids. Their song “Natural One” became a hit single, reaching no. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and no. 4 on the Modern Rock Charts. They released one more album, Dare to be Surprised, on Communion before signing to Interscope Records. The band dissolved shortly after the release of their major label debut, 1999’s One Part Lullaby. They surprised fans when they reunited in 2021 and self-released the Feel It If You Feel It EP in 2022.

The Folk Implosion have now begun work on their first new album in over 23 years, due sometime in 2023. “When I was about 13 years old, I found myself perusing the shelves of my local record store (Luna Music in Indianapolis) when some curious cover art caught my eye,” says Joyful Noise Recordings founder and curator Karl Hofstetter. “I remember reading the liner notes from the back of the CD stating “Recorded in John‘s room on Mondays and Tuesdays 8:30 am to 4 pm”. This is the first time I was introduced to the concept of DIY recording and helped frame my musical perspective. Now, 20-some years later, The Folk Implosion has reunited and is working on a new album with Joyful Noise. And I can’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate the occasion than releasing Take A Look Inside... on cassette - the format on which Lou Barlow and John Davis recorded the album.”