Music Park: No Joy @ Black Cat — 11/7/15

Laura Lloyd, Jasamine White-Gluz and Garland Hastings from No Joy @ El Sol
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 apĂ©ritif — 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.”

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