No Joy Are the Opposite

No Joy Are the Opposite
Jasamine White-Gluz isn't really interested in reading a review of her band No Joy's new album, Wait to Pleasure. A former music writer herself (including for Exclaim!), White-Gluz feels her band is often the victim of lazy journalism.

"I do I find it hilarious when people literally just copy and paste information from another blog," she says. "If these folks went to the source instead of another blog they would see how to spell my name or that there aren't two singers in this band. But really, I am just surprised anyone wants to write about our boring band."

She's either humble or just plain wrong because No Joy are hardly boring. In fact, they're pretty ace. Yes, they recall some noise pop and shoegaze bands they're constantly compared to, but the Montreal trio are no tribute act. They like noise, they like layering tracks, but you won't mistake them for any other band.

Wait to Pleasure has grown leaps and bounds from their debut, Ghost Blonde, and even last year's Negaverse EP. Look no further than the ethereal "Lunar Phobia" to hear the remarkable difference. "This was probably the most excessive song we have," says White-Gluz. "Bongos? Sure! Wood block? Yes! There's still a lot of feedback and noise, but we tried to use it differently."

Like kids in a candy shop, White-Gluz, Laura Lloyd and Garland Hastings entered a proper studio with producer Jorge Elbrecht and no shortage of gear to throw at the wall. "It was really the best creative experience I've ever had. Working with a producer and a team was the greatest perk. We always recorded our stuff ourselves so I've never had anyone get me drunk and force me to sing one line of a song over and over and over until it was pitch perfect."