First things first, if the title of No Joy’s latest EP made you think of Sailor Moon or Darkwing Duck villains, then thumbs up to you. Yay for 90’s kids’ TV shows and nostalgia! If this leaves you completely befuddled, my apologies. Moving on.
For fans of No Joy’s 2010 debut album Ghost Blonde, Negaverse can be considered its complementary companion. Staying true to their shoegazer, wall-of-guitars sound established in Ghost Blonde, all five songs on Negaverse are a swirl of pitch bends, distortion and indiscernible vocals. Clocking in at just under 15 minutes, Negaverse is perhaps a quick preview of what’s to come for the Montreal-based band. Hopefully a follow-up full-length album is in the works. For best results and maximum shoegaze chill-out, play this EP immediately following Ghost Blonde. On its own, this EP is over far too soon.
No Joy will be playing Lee’s Palace on July 17 (supporting Lower Dens).