Joel Martorana and Thomas Elliott, the two members of the brand new duo Peace Ritual, hail from the vibrant Australian DIY punk scene. When they started jamming together, Martorana and Elliott reportedly had the idea of playing hardcore together. But as the band name and image above suggest, that’s: not what peace rituals are. Instead, Peace Ritual’s debut single “Tears Of Joy” is a dreamy, howling indie rock stunner.
Martorana and Elliott co-wrote Peace Ritual’s debut single “Tears Of Joy” with their friend Sam Bassal, who produced, mixed and mastered the song. It’s a starry sky seeking love song, and it’s both immediate and strangely moving. There’s some serious muscle in the backbeat, but this song owes a lot more to U2 than to Youth Of Today. In the video, the members of Peace Ritual look like idyllic cult leaders. Check it out below.
“Tears Of Joy” is out now on Last Ride Records.