The album is subtitled "Clowns and Pet Sounds". Ryder was keen to work on some new material and over a period of early morning sessions in Carroll's garage studio Amateur night in the Big Top began to take shape. The album was never conceived as a commercially focused release-it's an honest hard edge punk record.
London's Joe Flory has escaped the hungry major label world of his past as Primary 1 to make a record on his own terms as Amateur Best. No Thrills is homemade, boldly rendered pop that crafts a human world from cartoon sonics, and knows the power of restraint. It's the kind of voice that popstars used to have in the days before AutoTune, perma-grins, and mandatory teeth whitening.