Garland Hastings

No Joy

Garland Hastings

What are the limits of a rock band based out of a first world country that subsidizes its artists? Other than creativity, which rock band No Joy has in spades, only the physical forms of the players hold them back.

Over the course of three albums and countless tours we've heard drummer Garland Hastings struggle relentlessly against his human vessel. In attempts to approximate the high-speed and endless beats of his mechanical enemies he lasts only the length of a rock song, and he knows that transcendence through repetition is fleeting. The frustration in his playing is critical to No Joy's live act: it cuts through the noise as the most volatile component of a band whose sound could explode at any second.