Following up on last year’s CREEP EP, Montreal noise-pop unit No Joy are once again releasing a new mini-fering, though this time one with Spacemen 3/Spectrum hero Peter “Sonic Boom” Kember.
Due out March 30 Joyful Noise, the simply titled No Joy / Sonic Boom EP finds No Joy’s principal member Jasamine White-Gluz collaborating with the space-rock icon and frequent Panda Bear collaborator on four new tracks.
As a press release explains, White-Gluz and Kember first started floating the idea a joint EP back in 2015 after No Joy had released their More Faithful album. This soon led to the pair trading ideas intercontinentally, with White-Gluz writing and producing songs in Montreal and Kember writing, arranging and producing in Portugal.
The results are apparently “four glistening tracks that dance along the lines electronica, trip-hop and experimental noise.”
In a statement, White-Gluz said, “I wrote some songs that were intended for a full band and handed them f to Pete, who helped transform them. I barely knew how to use MIDI so I was just throwing him these experiments I was working on and he fine-tuned my ideas. There are barely any guitars on this album, because I was focused on trying to find new ways to create sounds.”
For a taste this, you can watch a new video for the EP’s lead-f track “Obsession.” The clip features a six-minute-plus “radio edit” the song, while on the actual record the track spans over 11 minutes.
No Joy also have a series tour dates coming up starting next month, including Canadian dates in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. You can see the full schedule below.
No Joy / Sonic Boom:
3. Triangle Probably
4. Teenage Panic
03/28 Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
03/29 Portland, OR – Holocene
03/30 Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
03/31 Seattle, WA – Neumos
04/03 Boise, ID – The Reef
04/04 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Bar
04/05 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
04/06 Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar
04/7 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Mic Cafe
04/10 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
04/11 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
04/12 Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme
04/13 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
04/14 Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
04/17 South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Ballroom
04/18 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
04/19 Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere
04/20 Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry at the Fillmore
04/21 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
04/24 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
04/26 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)
04/27 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
04/28 Austin, TX – The Sidewinder
05/02 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
05/03 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
05/04 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
05/05 San Francisco, CA – The Independent