No. And yes. No because No Joy are a happy-go-lucky bunch of girls and guys known for their pranks, so that description might not fit the bill for die-hard metal guys. But a big yes because No Joy is just one of those bands that are just so irresistible it is pretty much impossible to ignore them. Ever since their 2010 debut Ghost Blonde the band has been consistent in bringing us a brilliant mix of shoegaze, dreampop, indierock and psychedelica with some punky, surf and metallic infusions.
More Faithful is a very weird album because even though it might be their most accessible so far, the psychedelic dial is turned all the way to 11. You could easily hear these songs being played on the radio stations, but even then you'd go 'wow this is some pretty far out stuff!'. But then again it's not just psych stuff just for the sake of doing psych stuff. It feels it just flows out of Jasamine (guitars/vocals), Laura (guitars), Michael (bass) and Garland (drums) effortlessly.
Recording (partly, some of it was recorded in Brooklyn), mixing and overdubs were done in an old farmhouse in Costa Rica and you can tell a lot of effort went into making it sound absolutely spot-on. Everything sounds brilliant: it's vibrant, buzzy, fuzzy and warm and it really rocks when it needs to rock. Especially worth mentioning are the gorgeous vocal harmonies; in every track there are delicately layered vocals and choruses. Jasamine might not be the world's best singer, but I can't think of any other dreamy voice that would fit so well to the music.
Another result of the Costa Rica environment is that it gives the album a lovely laid-back feeling, even in the faster, heavier songs. Just listen to the official single 'Everything New' and tell me that isn't to die for. The warm fuzz of the guitars and the fantastic vocal harmonies.. Definetely the popsong of the year so far. I'm on my 4th listening of the album while I'm writing this, but to be truthful, I was sold after the first couple of notes.
Do like me, open your hearts to No Joy. It doesn't matter what your taste in music is, just give it a shot and you'll probably end up just as smitten as I am. And if you're into that whole 'Nugaze' thing and you haven't heard No Joy yet then what are you waiting for?? Album of the year already? It's a bit early but the bar is set. High. Very high.
Very, very high...