Often we tend to get caught up in the comfort of knowing just what to expect from a band, whether with their live performance or with forthcoming albums. No Joy is a band that has managed to pleasantly surprise their audience since their inception in 2009 to nearly a decade later. Founded by Jasamine White-Gluz and Laura Lloyd, the two started No Joy from online correspondence between Los Angeles and Montreal, with White-Gluz returning to Canada to see the project to fruition. Melding fuzzy and atmospheric shoegaze elements with brooding and haunting qualities, the band has since received praiseworthy reviews and garnered early attention from notable publications such as BrooklynVegan, The Guardian and Pitchfork and have shared the stage with acts ranging from Surfer Blood, Vivian Girls and Wire.
In 2015, White-Gluz teamed up with Pete Kember (of Spacemen 3, Spectrum, E.A.R.) after an itch to start a musical collaboration together and venture onto new sonic territory. The result is their self-titled No Joy / Sonic Boom EP, comprised of four experimental and electronic tracks released last month off Joyful Noise Records. White-Gluz passed ideas back and forth to Kember during her time in Montreal and while Kember was in Portugal, stretching their musical repertoire and going beyond constricted boundaries into something more vast and exploratory. “I wrote some songs that were intended for a full band and handed them off to Pete, who helped transform them. I barely knew how to use MIDI so I was just throwing him these experiments I was working on and he fine-tuned my ideas. There are barely any guitars on this album, because I was focused on trying to find new ways to create sounds”, says White-Gluz. Their first track, “Obsession”, rings in at a satisfying and expansive 11-minutes, with their radio edit music video clocking in at just over half that time. You can watch their music video below (produced, directed, and edited by Sonic Boom and Nuno Jardim).
No Joy/Sonic Boom will be on tour for another week and will ring in the end of their stint on the road with a live 7″ out on Friday, May 4th which you can order via Third Man Records. They’ll be in town tomorrow to play Austin’s psych heavy Levitation Fest, along with sets from Baths, Dan Deacon and The Octopus Project at Empire Control Room. Be sure to follow us on Instagram to catch all the sights and sounds of White-Gluz as she takes over our account for the day!