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Left to right: Mark Boardman, Joe Goldsmith, Wilbur Soot, Ash Kabosu.
"One day, I know that you will be there
One day, I'll focus on the future, maybe
One day, oh baby isn't life so
Fucking inconsistent"
"One Day"

Lovejoy is a British four-man indie rock band, formed in early 2021. Named after a friend of the band, Benedict Lovejoy, they debuted on May 10th, 2021 with their EP Are You Alright?, along with two music videos for the songs "One Day" and "Taunt".

Their debut EP was released on YouTube first, with iTunes and Spotify releases coming in the days after. The EP peaked at number one on the US iTunes charts, and the music videos for "One Day" and "Taunt" reached a million views within 21 and 22 hours of initial release, respectively.

On October 12, 2021, they announced a second EP, Pebble Brain, that was released two days later on October 14.

Not to be confused with Lovejoy, the 1986 British comedy-drama series.

Band members

  • Wilbur Sootnote  – lead vocals, guitar
  • Joe Goldsmith – guitar
  • Ash Kabosu – bass
  • Mark Boardman – drums



  • Are You Alright?
    • "Taunt"
    • "One Day"
    • "Sex Sells"
    • "Cause for Concern"
  • Pebble Brain
    • "Oh Yeah, You Gonna Cry?"
    • "Model Buses"
    • "Concrete"
    • "Perfume"
    • "You'll Understand When You're Older"
    • "The Fall"
    • "It's All Futile! It's All Pointless!"note 
  • Wake Up & It's Over
    • "Portrait of a Blank Slate"
    • "Call Me What You Like"
    • "Consequences"
    • "Warsaw"
    • "Scum (It Eats You Alive)"
    • "It's Golden Hour Somewhere"


Tropes provided by Lovejoy include:

  • Album Title Drop: "Wake Up & It's Over" has two near-examples:
    • Once in the opening track, "Portrait of a Blank Slate":
      Wake up Monday, now it's over
    • And again in "Warsaw":
      You wake up and thank God it's over
  • And the Rest: The music video for "Model Buses" introduces the band as "Ash! Joe! Mark! And many more!", completely skipping Wilbur.
  • Break-Up Song: Most of Pebble Brain consists of breakup songs, with or without political allegories.
    • "Oh Yeah, You Gonna Cry?" is sung from the perspective of the girlfriend's friend/potential future lover, who directly mocks her toxic ex.
    • "Concrete" is about the singer cheating on their girlfriend by kissing someone else, and then completely dismissing her anger on their way home from the pub.
    • "Perfume" is sung from the perspective of someone still in love with their ex, and struggling with jealousy and hatred for her new partner as she tries to move on.
    • "It's All Futile! It's All Pointless!" is about a failed college relationship that fell apart due to one partner being stuck in a dead-end job to provide for the other partner, who did nothing but watch TV and ignore the responsibilities of life.
  • Concept Album: Pebble Brain, according to Wilbur, is the story of him breaking up with his home country of England. Sure enough, the album is a blend between relationship drama, political commentary, and relationship drama used as an allegory in political commentary.
  • Extreme Doormat: The protagonist in "Cause for Concern" is physically abused by their partner. The lyrics towards the end suggest either the relationship is more intimate, or they're drawn further into their infatuation for them.
  • One-Word Title: "Taunt" from their first EP, "Concrete" and "Perfume" from their second, "Consequences", "Warsaw" and "Scum" from their third.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: In "One Day".
    One day, oh baby isn't life so FUCK. ING. IN. CON. SISTENT
  • Stylistic Suck: The music video for "Concrete" is purposefully filmed on a super grainy camera, with extremely poor lighting, and whole chunks of footage completely out of focus.
  • Unplugged Version: This video on Wilbur's music channel features unrehearsed acoustic versions of "One Day", "Sex Sells", "Perfume", and "Knee Deep at ATP" being played on guitar (by Wilbur and Joe) and piano (by "Tommy from Minecraft").
  • The Voiceless: While Ash can speak, he never does so publicly, including during interviews and on his own vlog channel.