Santa Barbara, CA
03 May, 2011
No Joy (from Montreal) made an appearance at the homey Muddy Waters in Santa Barbara, taking the opening slot for the Vivian Girls. They wasted no time, blowing right into what might be their strongest song, the title track of the LP, Ghost Blonde (released last November on Mexican Summer).
From there, they proceeded to ratchet up the energy, with no time wasted on small talk, just the exhilerating wall of noise that they conjured up.
Before you knew it, they were unplugging guitars and coiling up cables, while the crowd stood stunned.
Their work here was done.
I've been over it in my head a few times since, and rarely have i seen an opening band totally control a crowd with such a concentrated burst. Truly look forward to seeing them in the future.
Sidenote: Curious how many miles the trusty van w/Quebec plates (parked behind the drummer) has logged...