No Joy’s third album ‘More Faithful’ is a wondrous journey through shoegaze riffs and seductive lyrics. There is clear progression and development in this album compared to their other releases ‘Wait to Pleasure’ (2013) and their debut ‘Ghost Blonde’ (2010). Jasamine White-Gluz and Laura Lloyd lead No Joy in their vibrating and unique style on ‘More Faithful’ with evidence of alternating effects and emotions seen throughout. At some points No Joy display thundering and sludgy grunge characteristics but at other points utilize the light, ethereal and conventional style of shoegaze. However this is not to the detriment of the album, as the pushing and pulling nature of these differing styles creates a real sense of intrigue on the album and the Canadian band exerts these genres perfectly.
The album begins with ‘Remember Nothing’, a head banging, catchy riff envelopes you immediately but is quickly assisted by the emotive hushed vocals to compliment and contrast the reverb drenched riff to create a great opener. Softer sounds are seen after the short 2 and a half-minute opening track with ‘Everything New’, a catchy bass pluck to begin, followed by vocals that sound similar to that of Scottish band Honeyblood. The album progresses at an enjoyable pace with room throughout for faster, louder songs and equally softer, floatier songs, which compliment each other spectacularly. ‘Hollywood Teeth’, No Joy’s latest single, is thumping yet reserved implementing both styles again. ‘Chalk Snake’ is where we really see No Joy’s attack with the heavier grunge orientated riffs, sure to see plenty of mosh pits when the band tour this album. Following this ‘Rude Films’ focuses again more with the calmer side of No Joy’s repertoire continuing this theme of pushing and pulling between tones which works so well. ‘Judith’ sees out the album, giving the sense of contemplation on this track, a much needed relax on this blisteringly good release.
‘More Faithful’ is an album that shows conviction from a band that are experts in their style and have the confidence to be the leaders, in the sometimes forgotten and neglected genre that is shoegaze. No Joy have utilized all the powerful and atmospheric aspects of shoegaze to create an album that balances perfectly, loud and powerful riffs with soft, considered vocals drowned in reverb making for a magnificent album that is clearly No Joy’s finest release to date.
‘More Faithful’ is out now on Mexican Summer
The full track-listing for ‘More Faithful’ is as follows…