Your Wednesday Just Got Better…..joan new single/visual announce debut album via Photo Finish Records

Photo Credit Connor North Goad

You can listen to the brand new single “Flowers on Spotify and Apple Music

We are so excited that alt pop duo joan today announce details of their long awaited debut album superglue, out April 19th via Photo Finish Records. The twelve-track full length is over three years in the making, following their beloved EPs portra, cloudy, hi and bye, and is an existential journey influenced by the duo’s recent transition into fatherhood.

joan explain: “It’s totally wrecked our world and we both have been going through a lot of the same growth that comes alongside being a parent. It’s changed our whole process of writing, and way more than just like having a kid and making every song about them. It’s made us think more about who we are as people, what we want to put into the world and what we want to get out of it, just reflecting on life way more than I think we ever have. This album as a whole is about the past and the present happening at the same time, it’s about dreams for the future and hoping for a better tomorrow but missing yesterday. It’s by far the best and most meaningful music we’ve ever made, it has something for everyone, and we hope it means something to you too.”

To accompany the news they’ve also shared the record’s second single and video ‘flowers’, the last song joan wrote for the album which became one of their personal favorites. The highly emotive and nostalgic narrative discusses how time is fleeting and how people grow and change, paired with wistful acoustic guitar riffs under cinematic synths and heartfelt melodies. The accompanying video shows captures joan’s riveting performance against bright hues of yellow.

You can check out the video for “Flowers” below

The band share “I remember running around the streets of my best friend’s neighborhood after midnight, skipping around from friend to friends house. I remember rushing to my friend’s house after school to rehearse our new songs in his garage. I remember driving around town after the sun went down just because we could. you make so many memories in those formative years. You never think to yourself, “this won’t last forever”. but then you grow. It happens slow – years go by, seasons change. That’s just life. If you’re lucky, some of those people stick around. but for a lot of us, you’re left asking, “why don’t we talk anymore?”. That’s what this song is to us.”

You can check out the video for “Flowers” below

We can’t not wait till April when Superglue is released.

joan tour dates

Nov 25 – Senayan Park (Spark): Jakarta, Indonesia 

Nov 27 – Very Festival @ Thunder Dome: Bangkok, Thailand 

Nov 30 – Space Odd: Tokyo, Japan

Dec 3: Sorpresa Music Festival @ Enchanted Kingdom: Laguna, Philippines

J. Graves – “Fortress Of Fun”Choose Your Own Adventure L.P.

We are so excited for the release of FORTRESS OF FUN from Portland,Oregon based Post-Punk , Dance Punk band J.Graves .

We love everything about this record from the concept ( We will get to that in a minute) to the sound we love all of it .

Bandleader Jessa Graves is a musical wizard her latest album is an outpouring of wild fury and plaintive sadness with a dark, angular sound. You can listen to “Fortress Of Fun” on Spotify Here and on Bandcamp Here

The Themes and performance on this record are absolutely brilliant and stand magnificently on their on own however, the music is only half the story as this is a Choose Your Own Adventure Album.

Wanting to do something with a little more depth that would engage audiences creatively while welcoming listeners into their experience, the idea was borne from finding a choose-your-own-adventure book in a sci-fi themed studio during the recording process of previous album Deathbed. Early 2020 was tough for the band; like many artists, their built-up momentum was quickly shuttered by COVID’s insurgence. So, in mid-2020, the band went on a getaway to the coast, and the house they were staying in – lit up at night next to the dark ocean – became known as their “fortress of fun,” a title that seems immediately at odds with the album’s often-dark undertones, but one that nonetheless suits Graves’s fight to stay in the light.

We love the fact there are two components to this record. the first a mournful and mysterious effort that parses waves of difficult emotions. The second a lush, eclectic undertaking that puts listeners and viewers at the forefront of the band’s collective imagination. Each song from the album comes with a video, through which viewer/listeners can make choices that will lead to further interactive videos. Though the songs are, thematically and contextually, fully distinct from their choose-your-own-adventure video counterparts, the emotion remains raw and real, and J. Graves, with the help of mixer/producer Sylvia Massy, has fine-tuned their sound like never before into something simultaneously painful and buoyant.

You can choose your own adventure with Fortress Of Fun Here

*Before listening to “Fortress Of Funby J.Graves we would advise making sure that you are ready to dance your butt off this one the most danceable records our feet have experienced in a long time!!!!

Fortress Of Fun” kicks of with the explosive “Valentine” The track starts with the “stand up and take notice” vocals from Jessa Graves .We love how the song builds and becomes this full on dance party that you can’t ignore.

We can feel the raw , deep emotion in “Marauder “It’s the emotion and pain throughout the record that gives the record such a delicate tone .

One of our favorite tracks on this epic record that we truly enjoyed was “Ass U Me “ this song has it all . The vocals on “Ass U Me” are truly other worldly. We found ourselves totally entranced with this track. We were also deeply taken by the musicianship on “Ass U Me” J.Graves are a well oiled machine that are 100 percent in the zone .

Another track that is an epic display of musical greatness is the closing track “Mad” The song builds and washes over you with such emotion and intensity. We truly couldn’t get enough of this song. You can watch the video for “Mad” below .

Fortress Of Fun” is a can’t miss record that is a stunningly beautiful work of art .