Posts tagged ‘No Joy’
No Joy are streaming a new track “A Thorn In Garland’s Side”, which finds lead singer Jasamine White-Gluz and Laura Lloyd hammering out a blend of noise rock via hard-driven guitar with pretty backing guitar melody. This band has always been severely underrated, especially in how adept the group is in finding their own unique way of being both hard and soft. For most of the song Whiite-Gluz’s vocals play the salve to all the gutter-rough instrumentation, rushing and frenetic movement. But by the end, she’s at a near scream, before the song’s tidal wive of noise gives way to a gorgeous outro of simple guitar strumming and static. The song begins with a ringing phone being answered with “hello” and ends with a cheeky, self-satisfied “Glad I could help with whatever it is you’re doing.” The new single can be found on the band’s upcoming release “Drool Sucker”, out July 15 via Topshelf Records. Pre-order it here. Follow the band on twitter. — David D. Robbins Jr.
Here’s a new video from one of my favorite bands, the ladies of No Joy. The video is for the song “Blue Neck Riviera”, off the group’s second record, “Wait To Pleasure” out via Mexican Summer. Directed by Jason Harvey, the video moves through isolated suburban landscapes, concrete jungles, waves and pastel-hued splashes of moody colors. The music itself exists somewhere between Lush, Butterclock, Jesus & Mary Chain, Curve, and My Bloody Valentine. No Joy are in the middle of an American tour, with upcoming dates in Chicago and Minneapolis, later to transition into Canada, the UK, and Europe. Follow No Joy at facebook and twitter. — David D. Robbins Jr.
Listen to a new fuzzed-out song from No Joy called “Lunar Phobia” from the band’s second LP, “Wait to Pleasure”, out April 23 via Mexican Summer. It’s a pretty track, with layering more akin to a song like “Maggie Says I Love You” than the more rowdy upbeat thrashing of “Junior”. Follow the band at their official website. — David D. Robbins Jr.
Sweet noise-smiths No Joy have a new EP, “Negaverse”, coming out June 19 via Mexican Summer. They’ve posted a first single, “Junior”, over at the label’s soundcloud page and at the band’s official bandcamp page. Read archived Their Bated Breath posts about No Joy here. — David D. Robbins Jr
I hear No Joy and it makes me think back to the days of Lush. Pretty female lead vocals are bleached-out with rich textures and melodies. “Maggie Says I Love You” is no different. Watch and listen to the video above. You can purchase their newest release “Ghost Blonde” at Mexican Summer. — David D. Robbins Jr.
OF HEAVEN AND EARTH: There are a lot of bands out there now that like to summon the name of My Bloody Valentine. More often than not, it just means that the group plays through noise, distortion, guitar feedback, delay units and gauzy vocals. No Joy‘s music is like that, with a lean toward Sonic Youth and Lush, with female lead vocals bleached-out by a range of fuzz, pop melodies and grunged-up shoegaze. It’s pretty and melodic. It’s rough and ugly. The female-led group have recorded a new 10-song record, “Ghost Blonde”, which can be purchased in CD or vinyl format at Mexican Summer. A good example of their sound can be heard in the video for “Hawaii” below. The song is ominous, dark, and brooding. The video looks like some Midwest farm-kids engaging in a backwoods cult ritual. But in truth, it’s more an exercise in freedom and feeling open to the world, nature, youth, pleasure and finding joy in the bloodrush of a naked run and skin on skin. Lushness and instinct are beautiful concepts, which carry into the song title of the second track on the record, “Heedless”. The album is a headlong skydive, where the fall is exhilarating and feels like forever. “Ghost Blonde” is visceral, raw, obscuring, and ultimately real. Much like the two-word album title, No Joy’s music carries with it a connection to things both exacting and ethereal. — David D. Robbins Jr.