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|Genres||Shoegazing, indie rock, dream pop, noise pop|
|Labels||Mexican Summer, Sexbeat|
No Joy are a Canadian shoegazing band formed in late 2009 by Jasamine White-Gluz and Laura Lloyd.
White-Gluz was living in Los Angeles while Lloyd was living in Montreal. They began collaborating via email, which eventually led to White-Gluz's return to Montreal and their first show (with Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü) on December 15, 2009. The band continued to play locally, including a show with then-up-and-coming indie band Best Coast. The latter's lead singer, Bethany Cosentino, took a liking to the band and tweeted, "Dude, No Joy is the best band ever. Two hot blonde girls just shredding away. Sooooo amazing".
The band soon signed to Mexican Summer Records and released their first 7" single, "No Summer" b/w "No Joy". Its release enabled No Joy to book their own national U.S. tour, bringing along La Sera (a Vivian Girls side project) for a three-week stint of mostly West Coast shows. Around this time, London-based label Sexbeat reissued the debut 7" for a UK/European release. No Joy toured later that fall with Mexican Summer labelmates Dungen.
The 7" sold out quickly, and six months later, on November 16, 2010, No Joy released their debut LP, Ghost Blonde, to wide critical acclaim. Said Pitchfork Media: "The guitars, loud enough to obliterate everything within 50 yards, create a balmy atmosphere where lacerating riffs and blurry strumming shares face time with ear-piercing feedback".
The band's strong DIY mentality in terms of producing and recording their music was highlighted in an interview with The Stool Pigeon: "You can record anything for free now. If you’ve got a laptop or a friend’s laptop, do it yourself,". However they left the mixing side of the project up to The Raveonettes' Sune Rose Wagner. On working with Sune, White-Gluz said, "We were recording in our space and it was sounding like shit, so we had the idea of someone helping to clean it up a little bit, but everybody in Montreal was asking for way too much money. And we’ve both always liked the way Raveonettes’ records sound. We exchanged emails a few times and we had exactly the same music tastes, so it just went from there". The final package "convincingly captures the gloriously fuzzy, effects-covered sound of the shoegaze era, but escapes being mere copycats by adding a wonderfully spooky atmosphere and by writing hooky, easy to swallow melodies", said a 4.5 star review from AllMusic.
The praise for Ghost Blonde, and No Joy's notoriously loud and hypnotizing live act, garnered attention from notable publications such as The New York Times, BrooklynVegan and The Guardian amongst others.
No Joy toured the UK in early 2011, their first stint overseas, with Florida band Surfer Blood, and returned a month later for a European tour including a show in London with Wire and an appearance at Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival. Immediately upon returning, the band flew to SXSW where they played nine shows showcasing for media including Pitchfork, The AV Club and Gorilla vs. Bear.
The band toured North America during the remainder of 2011, supporting Vivian Girls and then co-headlining with Marnie Stern, with whom they released a split single (No Joy contributed Shangri-Las cover "He Cried").
In June 2012 the Negaverse EP was released, followed by second album Wait to Pleasure in 2013.
- Negaverse EP (2012, Mexican Summer Records)
- Pastel and Pass Out EP (2013, Mexican Summer Records)
- "No Summer 7" (2010, Mexican Summer Records/Sexbeat)
- "Hawaii" 7" (2010, Mexican Summer Records)
- "He Cried" split 7" with Marnie Stern (2011, Associated Electronic Recordings)
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