sans joie

Good evening, my friends. I'm really quite tired, due to a weekend of over-the-top abuse. Ugh. I went to No Joy's album release show at Casa del Popolo on Saturday, so I figure I'd post a lil' bit about them. Not really going to go into much depth though, I'll save that for the rest of the week. I've got an OFWGKTA feature planned for thursday, so keep an eye out for that.

The first opener was a girl from Montreal who really impressed the hell out of me. Claire Boucher, aka Grimes, is a beautiful, talented-as-hell young woman who makes really trippy pop music. She didn't play for very long, but she rocked the shit outta her sampler and keyboard. Reverbed ethereal pop/goth vocals were a good way to start off the night, and I'll definitely be checking out more of her stuff. Very dope. As well, her EP is free, and you can get it HERE if you are so inclined. Cosmic witchcraft trippiness.

Grimes- Devon
Grimes- Beast Infection

Grimes Myspace

Next up was Ducktails, the new side project of from Matt of psychedelic indie rock band Real Estate. Twas' alright, a bit on the meandering side. Still, he laid it down proper, and his brand of garage pop was a good fit. I'd need to check out more of his material to really be able to have an informed opinion, but I enjoy Real Estate a lot, so I'm betting I'll probably enjoy his solo material as well. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but it sounds like he wrote most of these songs after a long night of partying.

Ducktails- Landrunner
Ducktails- Friends

Ducktails Myspace

After that was Metz, a Canadian rock band, which I totally missed due to a very long cigarette + scotch break. Oops. I heard muffled bits and pieces of their set through the wall though. Sounded a bit on the grunge/sludge side of things.

I also have exactly zero Metz songs on my hard drive to share with you. My bad.

Metz myspace

And finally, the awesome Montreal four piece known as No Joy. Don't let the name turn you off, though. No Joy are really dope purveyors of psychedlic shoegaze. Imagine two beautiful women chanting over cacophonous feedback, and you have No Joy. Their myspace page lists their genre as Doomgaze, which I'm guessing is halfway between the new stoner/goth movement known as Witch House and the floating melodies of shoegaze. Regardless, they put on a really solid performance. The only thing that I did not dig as much was the rather hipster heavy crowd. Now, most people would consider me a borderline hipster, so I won't rag on the stereotype too much, but wow. Montreal is really heavy on the artsy fartsy types who keep their arms crossed, completely immobile, while they harp on about "the kind of blind faith I can see in eveyone's eyes". Y'all need to chill the fuck out and groove out a bit, you pretentious bastards.. No Joy is the future. Dope performance that night, as well.

No Joy- Hawaii
No Joy- No Summer
No Joy- Pacific Pride

No Joy Myspace

I've also included their video for Hawaii for your viewing pleasure.Hope you dig.

sleep time.

1 comment:

  1. i'm diggin' No Joy thanks 4 posting bout them. their 90's vibe is makin' me feel all warm and nostalgic.