No Joy No Joy

No Joy No Joy
Twitter may seem superfluous to anyone without a smart phone, but the social networking tool has worked wonders for Montreal band No Joy. Thanks to their friend Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast), the duo of Laura Lloyd and Jasamine White-Gluz have found their name tweeted to the point of becoming a buzz band. Their friendship with Best Coast also led to a deal with their label Mexican Summer, which has re-released No Joy's self-titled, two-song cassette as a seven-inch (a full-length is expected in November). Recorded by fellow Montrealer Graham Van Pelt (Think About Life, Miracle Fortress), the two songs may favour negatives in their titles, but the overall mood evokes nothing but positive, lazy vibes. With an obvious soft spot for the ethereal vocals and heaping distortion of My Bloody Valentine's Bilinda Butcher-fronted songs, No Joy take that inspiration and plug it into beefier riffs and more conventional structures. "No Summer" is pretty simple in its make up, exploiting their Big Muff pedals for all they're worth, riding them into a blizzard of noise. The b-side, a self-titled, possible theme song, is less immediate, but speaks volumes to what this duo can do with a jam session. Despite the lack of crescendos or any decipherable vocals, it's as much of a rush as any of Cosentino's two-minute gems. (Mexican Summer)