When: Tue., Sept. 24, 8 p.m. 2013
On its second album, Wait to Pleasure (Mexican Summer), Montreal band No Joy heats up its bludgeoning attack, sharpens its melodic instincts, and gets subtler, all at the same time. The combo’s indebtedness to My Bloody Valentine and Lush hasn’t diminished much, but they play with their models in a satisfyingly original way. “E” opens the album with some of No Joy’s most bruising skree—a tornado of whooshing feedback and scalding static, courtesy of guitarists Jasamine White-Gluz and Laura Lloyd, that hovers over a churning groove and a sweet, ethereal melody. On other songs, such as the dreamy “Hare Tarot Lies” or the R&B-kissed “Lunar Phobia,” White-Gluz’s overdubbed vocal harmonies heighten the tension between the pretty singing and the roaring six-strings. The band occasionally leaves its comfort zone: “Mercury in Retrograde” summons the mid-80s pop sound of the Cure, except with guitars opening the floodgates on the bridge, and “Pleasure” is a muted throb decorated with a simple scalar piano pattern. But onstage such subtlety will likely get lost in the howling din that remains No Joy’s bread and butter. —Peter Margasak Hand Practices open.