Musician/Producer José Ayerve, also known as A Severe Joy, is about to embark on an ambitious musical project for the year, combining both physical and digital music formats to release ten limited edition singles during 2012.

For fifteen years, José fronted the renowned Maine indie rock group Spouse. In April 2011, Spouse went on an indefinite hiatus, at which time José reinvented his approach to music-making, and started his own solo project under the moniker "A Severe Joy."

Throughout 2012, A Severe Joy will be writing and producing singles to be released in uniform style on limited edition plexi-discs. The records are lathe-cut and individually numbered by Jeremy Leclair of Various Artists Records. A set amount will be available for purchase online (aseverejoy.com), and a handful more will be made available primarily at live shows.

I hope you'll follow my exploits throughout the year as I embark on this “10 singles throughout 2012” campaign. The plexi-discs that I'm having pressed in very limited quantities play from the inside out and have a charmingly unique lo-fi sound, and of course the tracks are available online. — A Severe Joy

No. 1 features the single "I Am A Real Machine," a tune written and recorded as the audio component for A Severe Joy’s art installation at this past November’s SOUND + VISION exhibit at the North Damn Mill in Biddeford, Maine, presented by Eternal Otter Records. Also included is a b-side entitled "Déjame Tocar."

The single and b-side are currently available for download via ASJ's Bandcamp page. From the looks of it, the limited edition plexi-disc has already sold out, but you can still stream and snag the songs below.

In addition to releasing singles, ASJ will be touring the Pacific Northwest, followed by some shows in the Midwest and a few back home.

Upcoming 2012 Tour Dates


02/23/12 – High Dive, Seattle, WA w/ The Cabin Project
02/24/12 – Kelly’s Olympian, Portland, OR w/ The Cabin Project
02/25/12 – Axe & Fiddle, Cottage Grove, OR w/ The Cabin Project
02/29/12 – Coughy Haus, Beloit College, Beloit, WI w/ Geronimo!
03/01/12 – Cause Spirits and Soundbar, Minneapolis, MN w/ Geronimo!
03/02/12 – Quencher’s, Chicago, IL w/ Geronimo!
03/03/12 – Otto’s, Dekalb, IL w/ Geronimo!
03/22/12 – Buoy Gallery, Kittery, ME w/ Nat Baldwin
03/24 – Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA w/ The Aloha Steamtrain
04/05/12 – Sierra Grille, Northampton, MA w/ Saint Solitude, The Fawns