by Dave Segal
on Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 10:02 AM
(Barboza) Montreal's No Joy are frozen in a perpetual 1991 of the fuzzily distorted guitar tone of the mind. They could be Central Casting's go-to modern-day shoegaze band. Which is a good thing if you like that classic 'gaze sound: sugar-rush tempos, hazy female vocals, tuneful feedback, a sense of fiery dreaminess, melodies that induce light-headedness, and dutiful worship of My Bloody Valentine and Lush's back catalogs. If you don't like those things, you may need to readjust your aesthetics. San Diego's Heavy Hawaii make muted, quasi-camp, Beach-Boys-lovin' surf rock. Of course they do.