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