- US press: Anton Hochheim at Force Field PR
Joanna Gruesome’s new album Peanut Butter entered the world on May 19 via Slumberland (US) and May 11 via Fortuna POP! (UK) and Turnstile (ROW). Rival groups will be disappointed to learn that the record is a further experiment in combining hyper melodic pop music with sonic violence. Officials have confirmed that the album contains a record number of hooks, traces of nut and elements of jangle pop, British hardcore punk, atonal music, screaming and drone organs. Yet they have issued warnings of “a marriage of radical politics with peanut butter spread”.
Like their debut, the new album was recorded by MJ from Hookworms, with the aim of heightening the group’s “pop” and “aggressive” elements to excessive and hitherto unrecorded levels. As songwriter Owen Williams explains: “We tried to make it shorter, more economical and attempted to pack as many hooks and screams in as quickly possible in order to avoid short changing the consumer or wasting her/his/their time. Lyrically it’s more obtuse and surreal but also attempts to mock trad masculine rock themes whenever things do get more lucid. But sometimes musically we embrace them by doing embarrassing guitar solos. I’m not sure how much else I’m at liberty to say but one thing I will disclose is that the record is a response to threats posed by rival groups.”
The band will embark on a full U.S. tour in October. Among the dates is an appearance at this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, whose lineup also includes D’Angelo, Jane’s Addiction, Grimes, RIDE, Future Islands, and more.
The upcoming tour marks the departure of vocalist Alanna Mcardle from the band. The new lineup will feature Kate Stonestreet of feminist/queer punks Pennycress on melodic vocals/shouting/screaming and Roxy Brennan of Two White Cranes, Grubs, Trust Fund and TOWEL on melodic vocals/keyboard.
Current Release (click artwork for high res)
[Slumberland Records] Release Date: May 19, 2015
1. Last Year
2. Jamie (Luvver)
3. Honestly Do Yr Worst
4. There Is No Function Stacy
6. I Don’t Wanna Relax
7. Jerome (Liar)
8. Separate Bedrooms
9. Psykick Espionage
10. Hey! I Wanna Be Yr Best Friend
Pics (click for high res)
Photo Credit: Rachel Hodgson