From 2004 through 2010, Sweeney mostly shied from performing and recording. In 2011, however, Sweeney stepped back into his old role of singer/songwriter, this time fronting the rock band Arctic Splash.
In early 2013, Sweeney went on to record Long Hair, with Grammy award-winning producer Aaron ‘Luis’ Levinson, Lushlife
aka Raj Haldar, and others. His current outfit, Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease, are presently in the midst of a run of singles inspired by neon, and grease, and recorded with Elk City
's Ray Ketchem and Renée LoBue.