Published Apr 18, 2013When No Joy recorded their 2010 debut album, Ghost Blonde, they did so in their non-soundproofed rehearsal space, all on their own. Luckily they had Sune Rose Wagner of the Raveonettes to mix it and make it sound like a million bucks, but for their second album, they decided to go pro.
Wait to Pleasure, due out April 23 via Mexican Summer, was recorded in a proper studio with producer Jorge Elbrecht (Violens, Ice Choir, Chairlift). Judging by Jasamine White-Gluz's enthusiasm, it sounds as if No Joy will never look back.
"It was really the best creative experience I've ever had," the singer/guitarist tells Exclaim! "Besides all the fun stuff like the cool gear and effects that were now at our disposal, it was really working with a producer and a team that I felt 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. It was like boot camp but I liked it."
Good thing it worked out because the first try at making a second album was a bust. As previously reported, the trio recorded an entire album that was once again mixed by Sune Rose Wagner; however, No Joy were dissatisfied about how weird it sounded, so they started from scratch.
"After Ghost Blonde, we had a lot of ideas but it took us a long time to figure out which were actually good ideas and how to translate them," she explains. "We started writing this record in late 2011 and had many false starts and stupid tangents, so it only really came together in the studio last fall. We didn't want to make the same record over again."
Not only does Wait to Pleasure not sound like the same record, it's a marked improvement that shows No Joy aren't a bunch of wannabe shoegazers. As for that album title, does it mean what we think it means? What's the deal with that?
"It was essentially a conversation with a dude from Japan who makes pedals," says White-Gluz. "He was definitely using Google Translate but wrote us back about sending pedals that he could not 'wait to pleasure.' We found it particularly funny and kind of gross so it stuck."
No Joy will begin a North American tour later this month, and you can see their schedule below.
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#
* with Clinic
# with METZ