Nominated for the Angels of Rock Award at the the inaugural HRH AWARDS the London-based “new queens of rock” [producer Gil Norton] JOANOVARC formed in 2004 with sisters Sam Walker (bass and vocals) and Shelley Walker (lead guitar), with Deborah Wildish (drums) and Laura Ozholl (rhythm guitar and vocals) joining later.
The girls will release their ardent, supercharged and compelling self-titled album through Holier Than Thou Records on May 31, 2019
The new album follows JOANovARC’s highly commended debut album “Ride of Your Life” (2016) that was produced by Grammy award-winning producer Gil Norton and recorded at Rockfield Studios.
“We are family,” they say. “True flesh and blood and best friends. This has always given us a special bond and an automatic connection with our songs.”
“We have always written songs together from when we were teenagers based our own true experiences. A sibling band always delivers true passion.”
The album concentrates on delivering the same kind of energy that JOANovARC are famed for at their live shows (they’re much-loved by the biker fraternity) as it presents a mixture of energy, humor and candor. From the album opener “Burning” with its proggish instrumental guitar to the soulful sounds of “Try It On” — these songs emphasize Sam and Laura’s diverse vocals.
“Burning” is zealous & animated with radiant voices and punctures of diabolical guitar that rise between sutures in the sound.
“Waiting For” has an atypical, truncated riff and snatchy rhythms. The driving refrain is unbreakable… though you suspect the protagonist might not find the resolution she deserves. This speed-ditty is delivered in the best traditions of girl-pop i.e. it will remind the knowledgeable listener of the Shangri-Las.
“Down By The River” is reminiscent of Chantel McGregor’s bluesy “Take the Power”. It is anguished, full of steam and passion, and speaks of distrust among friends.
“Jane” is a southern-rock style number about self punishment. It speaks of an immoral or destructive lifestyle and boogie bumps along like a jammin’ overcrowded rock-train careering down metal tracks.
Bass heavy and jaunty “Slipping Away” is a flustercated rock ‘n’ roller with sinuous lines of golden grunge guitar that drive along, to emphasize resistance and defiance.This is a three-minute lion-hearted anthem for the disenchanted.
Photo Credits: © Rob Blackham
Words: @neilmach 2019 ©
See them live at:
Double Trouble Cider Rally, Weston-Super-Mare
Saturday 18th May 2019
The Victoria, Walsall
Sunday 19th May 2019
Club 85, Hitchin
Thursday 23rd May 2019
Ace Cafe, London
Sunday 26th May 2019
Phoenix Live, Harlow
Friday 31st May 2019
Camden Rocks London
Sunday 2nd June 2019
Old Goats Grumble Festival, Sandon
Friday 14th June 2019
Anvil Rockbar, Bournemouth
Friday 21st June 2019
The Iron Road, Pershore
Saturday 22nd June 2019
Planet Rockstock, Trecco Bay, Porthcawl
Sunday 8th December 2019