Little Joy - Little Joy

Little Joy - Little Joy

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Having been out of print for years, ‘Little Joy’ is back on

vinyl available on Rough Trade Records.

 Little Joy are Binki Shapiro, Rodrigo Amarante and Fabrizio

Moretti, three friends who dropped their routine at their

respective hometowns to make a record in Los Angeles,


 Through a chance encounter at a Portuguese festival in

Lisbon, where both Amarante (singer / guitarist of Los

Hermanos) and Moretti (drummer of The Strokes) had

performed, the two chatted well through the night and

into the morning by the side of the river, humouring the

idea of working together on music that had no affiliation to

their particular bands.

 A year later, Amarante travelled to the United States to

record with Devendra Banhart on his ‘Smokey Rolls Down

Thunder Canyon’ album. On the off hours of an arduous

recording process, Amarante would meet with Moretti to

discuss anything but music.

 Binki Shapiro, musician and native of Los Angeles, was

introduced to the pair through mutual acquaintances and

became a fast friend, encouraging the two to focus on the

music they had spoken of long before. Through the

process of late night ‘show-and-tell’ the three developed

and arranged songs Moretti had begun and soon after

started writing original music for the group as a band.

 A couple of months later they all moved into a house in

Echo Park to demo songs and soon after, with the help of

producer Noah Georgeson, who had recorded Banhart’s

album, they finished their self-titled debut, ‘Little Joy’,

named after the cocktail lounge just down the street from

their home.