No Joy

No Joy shares new single & lyric video for "Nothing Will Hurt" from forthcoming LP, Motherhood.

Montreal’s No Joy shares the second single, “Nothing Will Hurt”, from their forthcoming album. Motherhood out on August 21 st via Joyful Noise / Hand Drawn Dracula. Melding detuned arpeggios, Berlin school synths, slapped bass, and seemingly infinite vocal facets, “Nothing Will Hurt” is available now on all music services.


“The demo of this song started as a slow Industrial burner built on samples of me screaming,”

explains Jasamine White-Gluz.

“Once brought into the studio, the song found new life; our mission in the studio was that no idea was too weird to try. That led to us squishing Bananas into very expensive microphones to get textured percussion noises, shoving kitchen knives into guitar necks to create a perfect slide guitar sound and adding some Primus-inspired slap bass.”


The accompanying lyric video was filmed at Ferme du Domaine Quinchien, a Quebec organization that saves and rehabilitates farm animals, including the Motherhood cover goat Piquette.

No Joy’s relentless sonic permutations are evidence of front person and principal songwriter Jasamine White-Gluz’s insatiable desire to grow. The Montréal-based project began a decade ago as e-mail-traded riffs; subsequent albums showcased a penchant for delay-saturated jangle, industrial distortion, and sludgey drones over disco beats.

For NoJoy’s first full length in five years, White-Gluz took what she learned from synthesis,

reincorporated guitars, and produced an album that is not a departure fromNoJoy’s early shoegaze, but a stylistically omnivorous expansion that ekes into trip hop, trance and nu-metal.

Motherhood is the culmination of years composing outside of her comfort zone, and a return to DIY recording with a leveled-up expertise in production. Touring with genre-divergent artists has honed the band’s comfortably multifarious sound.

Collaborative, exploratory fun hallmarks NoJoy’s discography, and Motherhood is no exception. Jorge Elbrecht (Ariel Pink, Sky Ferreira, Japanese Breakfast) returns in his role as co-producer and multi-instrumentalist. The band’s touring sound engineer Madeleine Campbell, who authors the Women In Sound zine, came on as engineer alongside Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie). Drummer Jamie Thompson (Islands, Esmerine) translated rhythmic ideas into hard-hitting performance, and brought in drum machines of his own. Frenetic shredder Tara McLeod (Kittie) makes her No Joy recorded debut, contributing not only guitars but banjos. Somehow plastic clarinet, scrap metal, skits, bongos and an EMS Putney made the mix.

Songs went from laptop demos to labyrinthine recordings, tracked primarily at fellow Montrealers Braids’ Studio Toute Garnie. White-Gluz laid down the vocals at home, which allowed for experimentation with ethereal harmonies and shrouded ad libs.


NoJoy's Motherhood will be out Aug. 21, 2020 via-Joyful Noise & Hand Drawn Dracula.

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