As Funeral proved a curiously poignant title for the Arcade Fire's exuberant pop, so does Sound Of Joy for the Nobodies' soul-ravaging dirge. The Nobodies' sound arises from the intense tug of war between Derek Westerholm's Mark E. Smith diatribe and Valerie Uher's and Sarah Richardson's Children Of The Corn chorus, captured in beautiful crispness by Wharton Tiers. The girls' hushed tones contextualize Westerholm's rants, making them infinitely more powerful than those of a lone madman yelling into a microphone. The propulsive rhythms and dark melody of Pangrammatic Window are the Creeping Nobodies at their best, giving Sister-era Sonic Youth a run for their money. Though the Nobodies' brand of joy is a peculiar one, it's well worth plumbing the depths to find it.
The Creeping Nobodies launch their CD at the Horseshoe June 2.