Yeah yeah, this song was everywhere. But hey, I’m not going to jump off the Joanna Gruesome train anytime soon. I love that there’s two sides to this tune, which seems to represent my own personal tastes. The first offering you get is this fast paced riot-girl rock, but they pull back quite a bit to offer a glimpse at the pop sensibility they maintain with ease. This song is 1 of the 4 off a new 7″ that’s being released as a split with popular Perfect Pussy. It’ll be accompanied by a nice comic book too, which is the work of Phil McAndrew (his sister rocks in PP). You’ll want to get your hands on this when it’s released by Captured Tracks, Slumberland Records and Fortuna Pop…a pretty solid triumvirate of rad labels.
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After an excellent album on Slumberland Records last year, Joanna Gruesome are here with a brand new 12″ to illustrate why they’re one of the most exciting acts of the last few years. They’re splitting this 12″ release with Trust Fund, with three songs coming from each band; the US release will come via HHBTM in late September. The immediate infectious quality of this song comes in via a jumping rhythm and male/female vocal duties. There’s even some erratic shouts in the background to help keep the band’s edge in tact. Fall in love with Jerome below:
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Last year’s Joanna Gruesome LP really put the band on everyone’s map, so when something related pops up, it only makes sense that we’d give it a look-see. Ides is the project of Alanna, who really seems to have found her own voice away from the band, not that I’m encouraging her to leave; it’s just a nice outlet I’m hoping. The song’s pretty heavy for the most part, spanning nearly five minutes of this haunting vocal beneath these deep guttural guitar chords. It’s funny that even on her own Soundcloud page, she describes the sounds as #sadcore, which is definitely fitting, though possibly selling herself short. If you’re looking for some introspective music today, go HERE and listen to more from Ides.
Download: Ides – Giant [MP3]
The kids in Joanna Gruesome are already having a great year; they should be happy to find a home on such an incredible label like Slumberland Records. That being said, the more I hear from the band, the more likely it seems that it’ll be a banner year for the group. Sure, you can see similarities to label mates Pains of Being Pure at Heart, but they do it with their own sense of reckless abandon and added flare. While the song trots along, you’re not ready for the noisy outro that takes place just beyond the two minute mark. Like every band, they make nods to their heroes, but in doing so, they also make it entirely their own; I applaud them for that. Their album Weird Sister will be out on September 10th.
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A long while ago I posted a hit from Joanna Gruesome, and it appears Slumberland Records were watching, as they just picked up the Cardiff group to release the band’s debut album, Weird Sister. On the first single from said album, the group comes out with a rioting rock taste, blasting off noisily. But, one of the reason’s I love the band is evident in the track too; they pull back from the barrage of noise and add a sweetness to the track, with softer melodies and a bit of serenity….of course they blast right back off again. You can grab the album from the group on September 10th when it hits stores.
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Nope, not a typo. I promised some people I’d try to get all twee on you this week while RayRay was taking his annual vacation, so I’ve been trying to bust out some goodies I hadn’t shared with you all yet. So yeah, this is Joanna Gruesome, a favorite of the excellent indie pop blog, A Layer of Chips. As of right now, the Welsh group only has a few songs to their name, but they’re all absolutely delicious. I love the recording on this one, with its barely audible lyrics lurking beneath the fuzz of the guitar. You have no idea how much I nerd out to tunes like this one.
Download:Joanna Gruesome – Pntry Grrlll [MP3]