Joanna Gruesome, the noise-pop rockers whose recent album Peanut Butter out on Fortuna POP records have announced a huge UK tour alongside the revelation that they have undergone a line-up change due to now ex-vocalist Alanna’s “mental health issues”.
Not only do we wish Alanna well in her recovery and congratulate her on her immense courage to face a challenging issue head-on and in full public view, but that the band continue on their astronomical trajectory.
Below is a message from the band’s Facebook.
hey so we’ve had a line-up change and we’re super super sad to say that alanna will no longer be playing in the band.
lan joined the band after seeing us play somewhere in london years ago after our previous singer moved away, and since then has been the most amazing vocalist/person/band member/gruesome we could have ever asked for. just on like a musical level, it’s been incredible writin songs and melodies for someone with such a powerful voice to sing, and her amazin lyrics have always totally improved the aggressive sections of our music. but also in every other way, it’s been so so cool to be in a band with someone we’ve became such great friends with, someone who’s been totally unafraid to hone in on horrible jerks and someone who’s made negotiating the bullshit of music industry types fun and inspiring. it’s taught us loads, we’ve had some of the best times and we totally support her decision. she’s been an amazing person to be in a band with. we will miss her greatly.
here’s a message from her:
“Lately, my mental health problems have become a lot worse and I’ve gone through a pretty shitty time. I’ve realised I need to actually take some time out to focus on some kind of ‘recovery’, so I won’t be singing in Joanna Gruesome anymore. I hate to sound cheesy but the time I had in jgro was life-changing. I made friends with so many amazing people, had the chance to play with some of my favourite bands, went to places I’d never been before (metaphysically and geographically) and pissed off a lot of men in the process. I am really proud of everything I’ve done with the band, especially Peanut Butter, and I think we’ve made some really great records. Thanks to everyone who ever put up with me on tour, and anyone who stopped any assholes from hurting other people at our shows xo”
please check our next post for info about our new lineup, new shows/records etc
It continues …
so we have a new lineup. we’re really pleased to be joined by two amazin and inspirin women, KATE (of feminist/queer punks pennycress:pennycress.bandcamp.com) on melodic vocals/shouting/screaming and ROXY (of two white cranes, grubs, formerly trust fund and misandrist power trio TOWEL) on melodic vocals/keyboard. we met them both in an occult bookshop.
attached is a picture of us: ABOVE
the group will also be playing some live dates and touring the U>S>A. experts tell us we’re a good band and we will be playing all of those songs from “weird sister” and “peanut butter”
we’ll also have a new 7” coming out in the next few months. we r super excited about what roxy & kate will add to the songs i’ve written recently and we will continue our mission to make pop songs as unlistenable as possible.
thx for reading all of this and huge amounts of love to lan.
see u soon
4 July – Roskilde Festival, Denmark
18 Sep – Islington Mill, Manchester UK
19 Sep – Head Of Steam, Newcastle UK
20 Sep – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
22 Sep – Scala, London UK
23 Sep – Summerhall, Edinburgh UK
24 Sep – Glad Cafe, Glasgow UK
25 Sep – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge UK
26 Sep – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff UK
29 Sep – The Haunt, Brighton UK
24 Oct – Schubas Tavern, Chicago IL
25 Oct – UFO Factory, Detroit
26 Oct – Silver Dollar, Toronto ON
27 Oct – La Sala Rossa, Montreal QC
28 Oct – The Middle East (Upstairs), Cambridge MA
29 Oct – PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA
30 Oct – Rough Trade, Brooklyn NY
31 Oct – Shea Stadium, Brooklyn NY
1 Nov – DC9, Washington DC
2 Nov – Cat’s Cradle Backroom, Carrboro NC
3 Nov – Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta GA
4 Nov – Club Downunder, Tallahassee FL
6/7/8 Nov – Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin TX
9 Nov – The Rebel Lounge, Phoenix AZ
10 Nov – The Echo, Los Angeles CA
11 Nov – Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA
13 Nov – Analog Cafe, Portland OR
14 Nov – The Vera Project, Seattle WA
15 Nov – The Cobalt, Vancouver BC