Joanna Gruesome – “Do You Really Wanna Know…”

a0465801176_2Joanna Gruesome
Do You Really Wanna Know… b/w Lemonade Grrrl
Cardiff, UK
(HHBTM Records)

“Indie-punk-rock hearts reverb”

Joanna Gruesome is female fronted lo-fi indie pop from across the pond. This is a 7” EP – so only two songs, but definitely worth a listen.

Side A is an up-tempo pop rock tune called “Do You Really Wanna Know Why Yr Still in Love With Me?” A good solid 3-minute rock song filled with a lot of guitar and pounding drums.

My only possible complaint here is that there’s so much reverb and mud on the lead vocal that it’s a little hard to make out the lyrics. This track ends with a double time finale and then it’s on to Side B for “Lemonade Grrrl” (please note the three r’s). This track is a little more “punk” sounding than the A Side, but still definitely more indie-rock than “Mohawk.” The reverb-laden vocals continue throughout. Again, Lan MaCardle’s voice sounds great, I only wish it was a tad more articulated and slightly higher in the mix. Word is Joanna Gruesome has a full-length album in the can and ready to go. It should be interesting to see what this group delivers next.

joannagruesome.bandcamp.com

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