JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN SETS SAIL FOR THE THEKLA

Joan As Police Woman sets sail for the Thekla
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JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN SETS SAIL FOR THE THEKLA



Written by Melz Durston
23 Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Well, a long way from home (which is now Brooklyn, although Joan Wasser is originally from Maine, but grew up in Norwalk, Connecticut) Joan is back on British shores, topping up those of us in need of a fix.

Her latest album The Classic (produced by Tyler Wood) follows a discography that spans more than a decade, previous to which she was violinist in the Dambuilders.  And she's been busy learning to soul-groove and throw shapes on the dance floor.  Her music video to accompany her track Holy City is as glamourous as you might expect - a definite move away from her stripped down, vulnerable visual depiction of Start of My Heart taken from Joan's 2008 record To Survive.

Previously working with Antony and the Johnsons, Rufus Wainwright, Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, Belly and The Breeders) and appearing alongside Thea Gilmore and Maddy Prior for a tribute concert to the lost songs of Sandy Denny, at London's Barbican back in 2012.

We're sure she'll pull out a few oldies as well as the new, from her glitter-gold bag: no Joan gig would seem complete without a rendition of Eternal Flame and Real Life.  

But this, Joan Wasser's fourth album The Classic is full of some mighty bright classics too, including guest vocals from Reggie Watts - and that's probably why it is named so.  She's not immune to the grit and pain as she makes her way through life, but she has the grace and fervent tenacity to weave those experiences into some damn fine tunage. And having released her debut album Real Life in 2006 in her mid thirties, she proves that this game isn't just for the fiesty eighteen year olds anymore, and this only makes us love her all the more.

Joan as Police Woman, you make us want to dress up in gold lycra and come out to play.

Joan as Police Woman plays The Thekla tomorrow. Thursday 24th April – Sadly this event is sold out.

 

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