Wait To Pleasure found No Joy set loose in Mexican Summer’s studio, Gary’s Electric, for two weeks in 2012, with producer Jorge Elbrecht (Violens, Lansing-Dreiden) at the helm. Adding piano, keyboards and drum programming to the record helped to color in their sound the way that they wanted.
Those of you with well-trained ears can play spot-the-influence, but the record remains well within the precedent set by No Joy’s releases. “Lunar Phobia” finds Jasamine’s ethereal vocal harmonies prismatically split in the studio environment, with syncopated and chopped-up rhythms last heard in Alan Moulder’s work with groups of yore like Curve, a seamless blend of digital tricks and analog guitar crunch. Better to drill into your skull before you realize what’s happening – better to let all of their sometimes-stinging, sometimes-syrupy music into that new hole in your head.
“We play as if the audience isn’t there, and we wouldn’t care if there weren’t anyone in the room at all, other than our band,” Jasamine qualifies. “No matter what, we are making this music for ourselves.” Feel fortunate, then, that we are invited along to listen in, to take what we want out of No Joy’s songs. They’ve gotten everything they wanted already.
NO JOY TOUR DATES
*4/21 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
*4/23 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
*4/24 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
*4/25 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
*4/26 Denton, TX @ Dan’s Silverleaf
*4/27 Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds Downstairs
*4/30 Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
*5/1 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
*5/2 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
**5/4 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
**5/6 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
**5/7 Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
**5/9 Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College Gardner Lounge
**5/10 Minneapolis, MN @ The Whole Music Club
**5/11 Madison, WI @ The Frequency