A Severe Joy is the alter ego of musician/producer José Ayerve. The former frontman for underground indie rock group Spouse, began exploring this new persona in 2011 and has since released a full-length album and a series of limited edition singles. As A Severe Joy, Ayerve offers high-powered, up tempo, pseudo-psychedelic impressions of love via references to monorails, helicopters, dance floors, and hand grenades. ASJ’s live show plays a bit more like a performance art piece than a rock concert, and chances are, you haven’t experienced anything quite like this before.