DC has been enjoying an onslaught of shoegaze in recent times, and the resurgent guitar pop wave is being led in part by Brooklyn shoegazers DIIV. Zachary Cole Smith and his band opened for classic shoegaze band Ride at the 9:30 Club last year, headlined their own show at the Black Cat, and return to headline the 9:30 Club on Thursday, Nov. 17.
In the midst of DIIV’s victory lap, the band released their second album, Is the Is Are, in February via Captured Tracks. “Is the Is Are, more than any album in a long time, feels like a great and immersive book,” said Under the Radar.
Watch the official music video for “Mire (Grant’s Song),” a new song by DIIV, courtesy of Pitchfork, on YouTube:
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Thursday, Nov. 17
No Joy perform at El Sol in Madrid, Spain, on Sept. 10, 2015. (Photo by bSides)
Jasamine White-Gluz hangs her head over her microphone and looks down at her guitar as her hair shades her eyes from view.
It’s 2015, but Jasamine proceeds to party like it’s 1989, emanating waves of perfectly fuzzed out riffs and catchy hooks in a perfect picture of a classic shoegazer.
As lead vocalist of Montreal shoegazers No Joy, she’s been kicking off their sets with a song from their new album “More Faithful,” released in June via Mexican Summer.
The song, “Remember Nothing,” is a perfect apéritif — light and bubbly — whetting your palette for the rest of what is about to follow. No Joy made for perfect openers for DIIV, another shoegazing group, in a tour stop at the Black Cat on Saturday, Nov. 7. The very full room found plenty to nourish their ears in the sonic assault of vibrant reverb delivered by both bands (and indeed first opener Sunflower Bean).
While Jasamine’s airy voice is light and sweet, her bandmates pound out rhythms that are heavy and strong. Guitarist Laura Lloyd keeps a steely focus on her strings as the thunders through the all-too brief “Remember Nothing.”
No Joy (Photo by Allison Staton)
Canadian shoegazers No Joy have released a new album, More Faithful, and the quartet are on tour to promote it, opening for DIIV this Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Black Cat.
Singer and guitarist Jasamine White-Gluz and guitarist Laura Lloyd bring a rush of lush guitars to the album, augmented by the rhythm section of drummer Garland Hastings and bassist Michael Farsky. Jasamine and Laura also are fond of sadly sweet lyrics that set the mood for the ambling guitars. Overall, everything about No Joy could have fallen into our laps from the United Kingdom in 1989 and bands like Lush.
The song “Judith,” for example, combines sadly sweet music with lyrics about aging, and the video, which cleverly depicts a bedroom drama, examines moments in a “joyless” marriage (… they are “No Joy” after all, eh?).
Watch the official video for “Judith” on YouTube:
Overall, No Joy are perfect openers for fellow shoegazers DIIV, who I caught in DC not long ago appropriately opening for RIDE at the 9:30 Club on Sept. 17. This is the perfect show for you if you’re in the mood for an evening of shoegaze, presented with various flavors from female- and male-fronted bands.
Tickets are available online.
By the by, we also have been recommending amazing synthpoppers YACHT that same night at U Street Music Hall. With their doors at 7pm, you easily could roam between the two venues for a very full evening of music, indeed!
(Opening for DIIV)
Saturday, Nov. 7
Zachary Cole Smith (Photo by Sandy Kim)
Brooklyn shoegazers DIIV are opening for Ride tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 17, at the 9:30 Club!
Today, the quintent, led by vocalist Zachary Cole Smith, released a new song “Dopamine” from their upcoming second album, Is the Is Are, which is scheduled for release next month.
Listen to Dopamine on Soundcloud:
DIIV open for the legendary UK shoegazers Ride, so don’t miss out on a show that is sure to showcase a lot of amazing guitar.
Oh, and by the way, DIIV go out on their own headlining tour after touring with Ride later this fall. In DC, they turn up again at the Black Cat on Saturday, Nov. 7, with No Joy and Sunflower Bean.
Thursday, Sept. 17
Doors @ 7pm