My Disco
Little Joy


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
December 8th, 2010 | 27 replies | 11,218 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another minimal masterpiece from My Disco.

My Disco are a truly unique punk band. The key to their sound in recent years has been a heavy debt to minimalism. On their most recent record 'Little Joy' they sound continues to progress. They band seems to have followed another Australia based group Liars in creating highly textural yet accessible post-punk. My Disco is rhythmic based with droning guitars and bass often filling in as elements of percussion. The band doesn't concern themselves with establishing melodies on most of the album, rather they create washes of sound. They still retain the post-punk edge that makes their songs delve into almost hypnotic territory, "Young" being an example. Few bands flirt with minimalism in a rock context because it is a difficult task to pull off. Slowcore groups like Codeine tend to grasp it occasionally, but their music is too sluggish to be truly aggressive. My Disco attempts to bring a basic punk sound to a genre that is highly conceptual. The two differences between these aspects makes the music very intricate and ultimately rewarding.

'Little Joy' has the band attempting to add more sophistication to their music. While songs that echo to the disconnection found on 'Paradise' are scattered throughout the album, the real highlights here come when the group plays more concise music. Their previous record was good, but ultimately was very cold and dark. That wasn't necessarily a bad thing, rather it was an attractive quality for the album. The issue came in getting through the record in an entire sitting based on the abrasiveness of the record. 'Little Joy' is a far more easing album. The guitars are more involved and not based simply on one note drones. 'Sunray' is a perfect example. My Disco's sound has become so calculated it has to be enjoyable. Each song is structured with excellent form with every instrument given equal time to breathe. The music almost seems jazz-influenced with a few tracks revolving around all three instruments taking what can only be described as "solos" in-between the circular rhythms. My Disco is often targeted for basing their sound solely on a trite niche. That is certainly a viable opinion, but to overlook their ability to combine two sounds into such a unique sound should be commended at the very least. My Disco certainly isn't for everyone, but for those that do enjoy them there is very little else that can satisfy this particular niche. Music that is this desolate and isolated is rarely as rewarding as 'Little Joy' which is what makes it one of the most successful records of the year.



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SeaAnemone
December 8th 2010



18815 Comments


Just recently got into these guys... thanks for the review I had no idea they were releasing new material still!

MassiveAttack
December 8th 2010



2684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This sounds really good, think I might grab it.

porch
December 8th 2010



8390 Comments


They band seems to have followed



they sound continues to progress


typos

good review though

patroneyes
December 8th 2010



1919 Comments


this looks awesome

joshuatree
Emeritus
December 8th 2010



3743 Comments


looks incredible, you should write more reviews highlighting this kind of stuff

Mordecai.
December 9th 2010



8255 Comments


band is pretty cool

sgrevs
December 9th 2010



698 Comments


Liars aren't Australia based, at least not last time I checked. The singer is Australian though.

I should get this.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
December 9th 2010



23643 Comments


sounds weird as shit

Digging: Trophy Scars - Holy Vacants

Aaron
December 9th 2010



651 Comments


I saw them live supporting ...Trail of Dead and they were not very good. Hope the album is better.

stames999
December 9th 2010



8 Comments


wasn't keen on this when i heard it a couple of weeks back but i might check it out again

br3ad_man
Emeritus
December 9th 2010



2125 Comments


Guess you didn't see my post in the dibs thread...

Really good album anyway. Paradise had a few moments that were cooler than anything on this, but it's awesome to hear them playing music that isn't so cold or vicious, and I really like hearing some chord changes like on "Turn" and "Sunray". The vocals are really nice too; a lot warmer. Also, "Rivers" is amazing live.

Transient
December 9th 2010



1461 Comments


they're playing an album release show in perth with eleventh he reaches london in 2 days but i live 2 hours away and i'm broke, ughhhh

Mordecai.
December 9th 2010



8255 Comments


sucks to be you

MassiveAttack
December 10th 2010



2684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So...thus far this is fucking fun to listen too. Thanks for the review, wouldn't of even known about it. Br3ad gets dibs over you next time. lol

Rivers is epic.

...can't stop listening to it...

br3ad_man
Emeritus
December 10th 2010



2125 Comments


The guitar at the start of Young is so cool as well.

MassiveAttack
December 10th 2010



2684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think I love this because the post-punk characteristics that mixed in with the minimalism is damn perfect.

doomvendingmachine
December 11th 2010



94 Comments


This sounds right up my alley, as I just started really digging PiL's The Flowers of Romance, which is both considered post-punk and minimal. Any other bands doing this kind of stuff you could recommend?

xNintendoCorex
December 11th 2010



1272 Comments


saw them a week or two ago, so damn good. such a tight precise set.

iranscam
December 11th 2010



469 Comments


band was tight when i saw them with young widows earlier this year

pixiesfanyo
December 12th 2010



1223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"This sounds right up my alley, as I just started really digging PiL's The Flowers of Romance, which is both considered post-punk and minimal. Any other bands doing this kind of stuff you could recommend?"

This Heat



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