Joanna Gruesome

Joanna Gruesome consist of Alanna on vocals, Owen on guitar, Max on bass, George on guitar and Dave on drums. They all met in an anger-management counseling group. During the course they were told that writing, making music, dancing or painting could relieve tension and help reduce feelings of anger. One initiative involved a project where they were assigned a group to compose and perform a song in front of other members. Initially they found each other infuriating but gradually acknowledged their musical chemistry and decided to continue with the band outside the therapy group. Edgy and intense – it's rumored they never rehearse – they pound and pout through violently melodic two-minute songs about satanic rites and psychotic episodes. Real-life rituals and Ouija board sessions they encountered, in a Brighton hotel called Hell House that was frequented by occultists, inspired their debut album, Weird Sister. They have built-up a phenomenal live reputation, blending obnoxiously loud guitars and the occasional band uniform, with a high energy performance dispersed with quieter reflection, boy/girl vocals and teenage angst. Although they write like demons in the attic, they sound like alt-rock godsends. Years on the road in a tiny van stinking of each other’s pants might well turn their fly-on-the-wall anniversary documentary into Shutter Island, but for now they've found our happy place.