Montreal four-piece No Joy heads out on an extensive North American tour with DIIV and will perform at Vancouver’s Fortune Sound Club on October 20.
More Faithful is No Joy’s third full-length album and debut for Arts & Crafts. Throughout the album, singer / guitarist Jasamine White-Gluz, guitarist Laura Lloyd, drummer Garland Hastings, and bassist Michael Farsky (formerly of Dirty Beaches’ live band) push themselves to new peaks of intensity. The album bears the fruit of a band that has refined its work ethic in the gulf of time between recording sessions. The outcome is as unwavering as ever – a juxtaposition of unrest and calm, beauty and chaos, truth and fantasy. Everything pitched toward the throes of dimed amps and hair-whipping guitar goddess rock music.
For More Faithful, No Joy worked with musician and producer Jorge Elbrecht (Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Chairlift, Lansing-Dreiden, Violens). Recording was split between tracking at Brooklyn studio Gary’s Electric and an old farmhouse in Costa Rica. In this rural Costa Rican setting, Elbrecht created a makeshift but nurturing studio environment where he and No Joy mixed, overdubbed, and cut vocals for 12 hours a day. Repairing themselves to an isolated environment strengthened No Joy’s regimented approach to making a record that satisfied their vision.
There is no question that More Faithful is the most forward, throttling record No Joy has made taking their sound to the wall in a brazen display of beauty-laced power. At times More Faithful is heavier than anything they’ve done yet, while also their fastest, riffs shooting upward in discord and drifting down in angelic harmonies. The band recently released a live-shot music video for “Hollywood Teeth”, capturing the frantic energy of the band’s recent live performances.
Oct. 12 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
Oct. 13 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
Oct. 14 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
Oct. 16 Denver, CO – The Gothic Theatre
Oct. 17 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Oct. 18 Boise, ID – Neurolux
Oct. 19 Seattle, WA – Neumos
Oct. 20 Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
Oct. 22 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Oct. 24 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre
Oct. 27 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
Oct. 28 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
Oct. 30 Dallas, TX – Trees
Oct. 31 Austin, TX – The Mohawk
Nov. 1 Houston, TX – Numbers
Nov. 3 Nashville, TN – Exit / In
Nov. 4 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
Nov. 5 Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Nov. 6 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
Nov. 7 Washington, DC – Black Cat
Nov. 8 New York, NY – Webster Hall
Check out No Joy’s website here.