Published Feb 10, 2015In November, self-described "dissonant wimp music" band Joanna Gruesome won the Welsh Music Prize with their debut album Weird Sister. In the wake of that victory, the five-piece are pressing ahead by announcing a new LP. Peanut Butter will be out in North America on June 2 through Slumberland; this will follow the international release on May 11 through Fortuna POP!/Turnstile.
Just like Weird Sister, this new album was recorded by MJ (of Hookworms). A press release promises "a record number of hooks, traces of nut and elements of jangle pop, British hardcore punk, atonal music, screaming and drone organs." If it's anything like real peanut butter, most people will love the album but a small percentage of the population will be dangerously allergic to it.
For a taste of this, hear the fuzzy scorcher "Last Year" at the bottom of this page. Its hard-charging punk surge gives way to beautifully twee noise pop halfway through.
The record also includes "Psykick Espionage," which previously appeared on a split release with Perfect Pussy last year. That song is also streaming at the bottom of this page.
Songwriter-guitarist Owen Williams had this to say in a statement about the new record:
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.
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