Joan

FRESH: ‘Drive All Night’ – Joan

US duo Joan release their retro-new wave-dream pop epic “Drive All Night”.

Little Rock, Arkansas duo Joan make infectious alt-pop with lyrics that’ll tug on your heartstrings wrapped seamlessly in 80’s inspired synthwave beats, perfect for blasting full volume on your boombox outside your crush’s house. Continuing to draw from their personal experiences, Joan share their brand new single “Drive All Night”.

The single is set to hit via songwriter Carl Falk’s new label venture, Snafu Records (distributed via Universal Sweden). The perfect song for a midnight drive around town with the person you love, “Drive All Night” showcases a modern take on what a John Hughes soundtrack would sound like today.

Joan are Alan Thomas and Steven Rutherford and first met playing a show together while in different projects and became fast friends. Recently named a standout act at 2018’s Great Escape Festival by The Telegraph and The Independent, Joan has steadily earned an impassioned fanbase due to their endearingly earnest humble Arkansas beginnings and their insatiable work ethic, which has them consistently touring.

Recent North American tours include slots playing with the likes of Alice Merton, Jeremy Zucker, courtship and COIN. Their debut EP “Portra” represents the first phase of the band’s music and includes the first four singles released which have earned the duo significant buzz, ten million + streams on Spotify alone, and over fourteen million across all platforms, and radio play across Europe as well as at college stations across the United States.

In addition to the new single, Joan are also set to play a round of dates this February and March, bringing their much talked about live shows to cities in the US with indie pop group The Aces. Playing songs from “Portra”, and teasing some upcoming new tracks, the duo will be making stops in Seattle, San Francisco, LA and San Diego before making its way toward the east coast, cutting through Phoenix, Austin, Atlanta, Washington DC and New York. A full list of dates and cities is below.

The dates follow a run with indie pop band Half Alive, which brought the band into venues like Mercury Lounge in New York, Brighton Music Hall in Boston, Schubas in Chicago and The Masquerade in Atlanta. Joan are also set to make their debut international festival appearance, playing March 9 at the Wanderland Festival in the Philippines alongside the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, HONNE and Gabrielle Aplin.

Keep up-to-date with Joan through their WEBSITE and their FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!