Joanna Gruesome Announce U.S. Tour + Departure of Vocalist Alanna McArdle
Not two weeks after the release of their rousing new album Peanut Butter, jangle-punk rockers Joanna Gruesome have just announced American dates starting in late October, including a stop at this year's edition of Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. The new dates follow a July 4 appearance at Denmark's Roskilde festival and a tour of the U.K. in September.
The announcement accompanies a Facebook post explaining the circumstances surrounding the amicable departure of vocalist Alanna McArdle. In McArdle's place, the band is joined by two new members: Kate of Pennycress on "melodic vocals/shouting/screaming" and Roxy of Two White Cranes, Grubs, Trust Fund and the "misandrist power trio" TOWEL on melodic vocals and keyboards.
You can check out the full post below:
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'
Joanna Gruesome's new album, Peanut Butter, is out now on Slumberland Records.
Joanna Gruesome 2015 Tour
Sept. 18: Manchester, U.K. -- Islington Mill
Sept. 19: Newcastle, U.K. -- Head Of Steam
Sept. 20: Leeds, U.K. -- Brudenell Social Club
Sept. 22: London, U.K. -- Scala
Sept. 23: Edinburgh, U.K. -- Summerhall
Sept. 24: Glasgow, U.K. -- Glad Cafe
Sept. 25: Hebden Bridge, U.K. -- Trades Club
Sept. 26: Cardiff, U.K. -- Clwb Ifor Bach
Sept. 29: Brighton, U.K. -- The Haunt
Oct. 24: Chicago Ill. -- Schubas Tavern
Oct. 25: Detroit, Mich. -- UFO Factory
Oct. 26: Toronto, Ontario -- Silver Dollar
Oct. 27: Montreal, Q.C. -- La Sala Rossa
Oct. 28: Cambridge Mass. -- The Middle East (Upstairs)
Oct. 29: Philadelphia, Pa. -- PhilaMOCA
Oct. 30: Brooklyn, N.Y. -- Rough Trade
Oct. 31: Brooklyn, N.Y. -- Shea Stadium
Nov. 1: Washington, D.C. -- DC9
Nov. 2: Carrboro, N.C. -- Cat's Cradle Backroom
Nov. 3: Atlanta, Ga. -- Drunken Unicorn
Nov. 4: Tallahassee, Fla. -- Club Downunder
Nov. 6-8: Austin, Texas -- Fun Fun Fun Fest
Nov. 9: Phoenix, Az. -- The Rebel Lounge
Nov. 10: Los Angeles, Calif. -- The Echo
Nov. 11: San Francisco, Calif. -- Rickshaw Stop
Nov. 13: Portland, Ore. -- Analog Cafe
Nov. 14: Seattle, Wash. -- The Vera Project
Nov. 15: Vancouver, B.C. -- The Cobalt