Lower Dens, No Joy, Alan Resnic | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Lower Dens, No Joy, Alan Resnic Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., July 13, 10 p.m. 2012

Montreal quartet No Joy play to their reputation as speaker-shredding shoegazers right from the first track of the recent EP Negaverse (Mexican Summer)—the stormy "Junior" sounds like Lush, except a lot louder. Her voice drenched in reverb, Jasamine White-Gluz singes a catchy, ethereal vocal melody, sounding distant and reticent amid the furious crush of two effects-heavy guitars (she plays one, Laura Lloyd the other). The four songs that follow are even murkier and noisier: the guitars remain violent and the vocals sweet, but the production subsumes practically everything in a massive howling din. You can still make out the kernels of pop songs, but you've really got to dig around to find them. —Peter Margasak Lower Dens (see the Reader's forthcoming Pitchfork guide) headline; No Joy and Alan Resnic open.

Price: $12

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