The Just Joans, from Motherwell with love

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Re: The Just Joans, from Motherwell with love

Post by miss_steff » Mon May 25, 2009 16:27

islandhopper wrote:
I think you're forgetting about the Aquatec. You'll find no better flumes in Lanarkshire - as long as you forget about The Time Capsule.
I grew up there, I can vouch for there being very little to do! The Water Palace in Hamilton was far superior to me as a child than The Time Capsule.

Amusing anecdote about The Time Capsule though, when I was working during my university holidays for North Lanarkshire Council I received a frantic phone call to say that the E had fallen off the sign for the building and could it be replaced ASAP? Handy hint, it has something to do with minor religious differences in Lanarkshire.

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Re: The Just Joans, from Motherwell with love

Post by Rimbaud » Mon May 25, 2009 22:05

I was thinking for a minute what the hell is the "Time Capsul"? Is it some obscure religious festival? Then I realised...

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Re: The Just Joans, from Motherwell with love

Post by String Bean Jen » Tue Nov 17, 2009 22:41

Because I'm crazy enamored with them now after seeing them live for the first time, I've been internetting all things Just Joans. I don't know if this has been posted in this thread (though does it matter? Who doesn't like listening to/reading David's words?!), but here's a sweet interview RITH/Dennis did with David and his Virgin Lips earlier in the year.

And if I heard this right, I think there's going to be a new Just Joans weePOP! EP sometime soon. <3
The Just Joans are a Scottish folk/indiepop band. A couple of years ago they released an album, Last tango in Motherwell, on Ivan Lendil Music. It was only through last year's lovely WeePOP! EPs Virgin lips and Hey boy... you're oh so sensitive! that I really started to know and appreciate the band, a sixpiece nowadays. With sweet melodies sung with even sweeter Scottish accents, dark humor and stories about love and small town teenage angst... how could I possibly not pay attention? Frontman David Pope gives us the chance to get to know the band a little bit better.

Hello David! The Just Joans have been around for over 10 years. How come we didn’t know about you until quite recently? What’s the story of The Just Joans so far?

In theory the band has been around for about ten years but for the 1st eight of those years it only really existed in my desperate imagination. I suppose the band only really became a reality about two years ago when I recorded some stuff and began playing some gigs with Chris, our guitarist. Over the next few years Doog, Katie, Rowan and Fraser all joined and suddenly we were a real band. Sadly, the band was far more successful and got more groupies when it was just a figment of my imagination. Sigh.

A lot of your songs are sad tales told with a sense of humor. On your myspace you list among your influences: unrequited love, nostalgia and waning potential. It seems bittersweet is your favourite flavour. Now, with two sold-out EPs, you’re officially a successful indiepop band! Does this mean we will hear a happier Just Joans in the future?

We are a deeply unhappy group of people with broken hearts full to the brim with sad songs! Despite the surprising but welcome interest in the band, it is unlikely that we will cheer up and write any happy songs. Don't know if people really want to hear happy songs anyway. I wouldn't want to hear some guy or girl singin' about a successful relationship. That's just boastin' to music!

What do we do now? tells us about the inevitable passing of time and what it does to us and the world around us:

"What do we do now?
Now we're ten years older
The bands we loved are dead
The bands we loved are dead
I'll always think of you whenever I smell cider
But it won't be the same, again"

How are these lyrics true for you, zooming in on just the musical aspects? Has the music you play, the music you like and the scene you feel part of changed a lot? Do you feel nostalgic about these things that stayed behind in the past?

It's funny how when you're younger, the bands you like seem to be a way of telling the world that "I am young and your world is mine!", then when you're a bit older the very same bands tie you to the past and tell the world that you are actually just an ex-britpopper whose youth and potential has faded. A bit like Bette Davis singin' on the beach at the end of Whatever happened to Baby Jane.

What do we do now? borrows a big part of its melody from Sleeper’s What do I do now? and you’ve covered The Cure’s Pictures of you. Was this the kind of music you were listening to when you were younger? What were other favourites or influences?


Influences... The Smiths, The Magnetic Fields, The Kinks, Belle and Sebastian, The Hector Collectors, 60's girl groups et cetera. All the usual suspects really. Oh and our drummer, Rowan, loves U2.

Hey boy... you’re oh so sensitive is a funny but heartbreaking tale of a stereotypical indiepop boy trying (but failing) to impress a girl. This reminded me of a discussion I read on an online forum a while ago about these stereotypical likes and loves of indiepop fans. Where do you think these come from? Are these somehow implicitly connected to liking the music? Of course I’m also curious: are these lyrics a result of personal experience?

Yeah, is funny how loads of indiekids seem to have similar taste in films and books and stuff. Do we like these things cos we're indiekids and feel like we should, or are we indiekids cos we like these things in the 1st place? It's the eternal question, what came 1st? The chicken or the indiekid? I dunno, I suspect that ultimately we are just peacocks clad in cardigans and showing off our ploomage of obscure records and French new wave films in the hope that it will attract a mate. I know I am, subtitles are boring!

You played at last year’s Indietracks festival. Did you manage to see some other bands as well? How did you enjoy your own performance?

Indietracks was great. We can't thank the organisers enough for allowing us to play. It has been one of the highlights of being in the band. We met loads of lovely people and saw some really great bands. Particularly The Bobby McGee's, Mexican Kids At Home, The Good-Natured and The Smittens.

What’s coming up next for The Just Joans?

We have a new EP coming out on Valentines Day this year. It's gonna be called Love and other hideous accidents. We were thinkin' of calling it 6.9 Love songs, cos it has quite a Magnetic Fieldsy feel. Is all songs of lost love and heartache... but there are a few disco bangers on it too! Apart from that tho we don't have many plans. Except for perhaps listening to obscure records, watching French new wave films and trying to attract a suitable mate. Sigh.

Thanks David, good luck with that!
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Re: The Just Joans, from Motherwell with love

Post by gofelt » Fri Nov 27, 2009 12:12

I was in Glasgow last saturday for my best friend's birthday. Katie was there too and I found the chance to chat with her. I was so happy to hear that they were very impressed by people's heartwarming response in both London and Nottingham- they didn't expect it at all. The guys are very modest and haven't quite realised how amazing their songs are and how much people love them. I love this kind of humble attitude..

And as if the just joans weren't enough, Katie and Chris have a side project, Ex-Crush, http://www.myspace.com/excrushband - kind of electronic, reminds me of the magnetic fields. They put a couple of samples up on myspace - I already like them a lot.

Needless to say that this is the first decent friday at work in weeks and weeks - there is nobody in my office right now so I am playing their eps !UTTER BEAUTY!
I slice the surface here beside you/Lungs filled liquid yell I love you/Sound moves further underwater
Deep and dark my submarine bells groan in greens and grey/Mine would chime a thousand times/To make you feel okay..

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Post by timahall » Sun Dec 20, 2009 17:03

String Bean Jen wrote:And if I heard this right, I think there's going to be a new Just Joans weePOP! EP sometime soon. <3
I was gushing to them on Myspace a few weeks ago and they told me that they're planning to re-record the album and release it on WeePOP! next year.

Speaking of WeePOP!, they've been terribly quiet of late.
Contravene wrote:I predict a Rough Trade EP collection in three years time, with original copies of the WeePop EPs shifting on eBay for sillymoney.
As much as they would deserve such a release, surely due to how they borrow lots of bits from other people's music, the copyright issues would be a total 'mare.

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Re: The Just Joans, from Motherwell with love

Post by timahall » Wed Dec 23, 2009 01:14

I just bought an iPod Nano from the Apple online store w/ "Alright ladies, any of youse into, uh, Talulah Gosh?" engraved on it. Pure awesome mawte.

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Post by Colin » Mon Mar 22, 2010 00:46

Here's a couple of new songs from last night.





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Post by timahall » Sun Jun 13, 2010 22:57

New EP before Indietracks! That's pretty damn awesome news, eh?

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Post by lynsosaurus » Sun Jun 13, 2010 23:08

aye! i, for one, cannae wait.

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Post by Bubblegum Records » Sun Jun 13, 2010 23:29

D'oh! Added info to Bubblegum when it could have easily have gone here - 9 Just Joans songs added to youtube from 20.03.10. Must add threads properly. MUST add threads properly.

Songs added are:

Stuart Had A Dirty Book
I Will Survive
Hideous Accident
All The Umbrellas in London
Friday Afternoons
Hey Boy, You're Oh So Sensitive
If You Don't Pull
Virgin Lips
Why Are We So Lonely Steven

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Post by timahall » Mon Jun 14, 2010 00:55

Friday Afternoons pretty much is the perfect sad pop song, really.

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Post by ian » Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:57

Is there going to be a proper CD album release from The Just Joans ever? I know they've had weepop EPs and there was an album way back when (but not sure if that's available now...)....but I, for one, would dearly love to own a proper album on CD or vinyl by these.
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Post by String Bean Jen » Mon Jun 14, 2010 13:34

ian wrote:Is there going to be a proper CD album release from The Just Joans ever? I know they've had weepop EPs and there was an album way back when (but not sure if that's available now...)....but I, for one, would dearly love to own a proper album on CD or vinyl by these.
Me too! Looks like there may be one some time next year. It's a long time coming but here is what David said in Tim's interview linked up there.
very attractive David wrote:What’s next for the Just Joans?

“We’re surprisingly busy at the moment....and possibly a ‘best of’ album early next year. ‘Best Of’ probably isn’t the best description. It’ll be more of a scrapbook of ineptitude entitled For Those About To Weep….”
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Post by timahall » Mon Jun 14, 2010 13:44

String Bean Jen wrote:very attractive David wrote:
Haha! Someone has a crush!

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Post by islandhopper » Mon Jun 14, 2010 13:53

timahall wrote:Friday Afternoons pretty much is the perfect sad pop song, really.
Yip. I only fully understood that song when I listened to it on the way to work last Friday (I have a terrible habit of not really listening to lyrics properly) and then got to see them play it that night, so that was quite special. It captures that feeling of mundanity and wasting your time and the desperation for something better, brilliantly.

Here's a video of Bellshill Station that I took at the gig


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Post by ian » Mon Jun 14, 2010 14:39

Excellent! A Story So Far...album was exactly what I had in mind.
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Post by timahall » Mon Jun 14, 2010 17:39

I added an opening paragraph to thon interview (I posted it pretty hastily yesterday) and stole something you said up there islandhopper. Hope you don't mind!

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Post by islandhopper » Tue Jun 15, 2010 00:14

timahall wrote:I added an opening paragraph to thon interview (I posted it pretty hastily yesterday) and stole something you said up there islandhopper. Hope you don't mind!
Really couldn't be happier to have said something somebody thought might be worth repeating! Thanks for your wee interview as well. It's very good to know what they're up to. Any Joans news is good news!

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Post by timahall » Tue Jun 15, 2010 01:12

Indeed. It was quite a self-indulgent exercise that interview. I've long wondered who Coia is, for instance! :)

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