We're excited to announce the release of the debut album by thrilling Cardiff-based noise pop five-piece Joanna Gruesome. Brimming with irresistible pop melodies and spiked with dissonant fuzzy jangle, their songs are shot through with loud discordant feedback and super-fast, hardcore punk drumbeats. Kicking it against sexism and homophobia, nothing is off-limits, drawing inspiration from DIY scenes such as Riot Grrrl/noisepop/ C86/K Records as well as post hardcore like Drive Like Jehu/Converge and the art rock of The Velvet Underground, Swirlies and My Bloody Valentine. Joanna Gruesome comprise Alanna on vocals, Owen on guitar, Max on bass, George on guitar and Dave on drums. Most of the album was written during a month long stay in a seedy west Brighton hotel called The Hell House and recorded under the guidance of producer MJ of the much lauded Hookworms. Awash with nods to mental illness and the dark recesses of the mind, the record is littered with references to the devil or zombies and allusions to comic books. Take first single ''Secret Surprise,'' in which mental illness takes a physical form and is fought using razor blades. Or ''Anti-Parent Cowboy Killers,'' which is about stealing a scooter and driving it into the ocean when you should be in school LEARNING. Or ''Sugarcrush,'' about spending a summer burning knitwear. Slotting in with contemporaries like Swearin and Speedy Ortiz, Joanna Gruesome offer a staggeringly diverse album, unexpectedly quiet and surprisingly loud.
- Anti-Parent Cowboy Killers
- Wussy Void
- Lemonade Grrrl
- Secret Surprise
- Do You Really Wanna Know Why Yr Still In Love With Me?