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Two Chances to See Joan of Arc Perform Live This Weekend

January 27th, 2017

Expertly blending punk’s volume and dynamics with post-rocks atmospherics, Joan of Arc have been anchored by Tim Kinsella (vocals and guitar) ever since forming more than two decades ago in Chicago. He’s currently backed by an original member, Jeremy Boyle (guitar), and Bobby Burg (bass), Melina Ausikaitis (guitar and vocals) and Theo Katsaounis (drums)—and the band’s first new full-length album in five years, He’s Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land in His Hands (stream it below), just came out last week. Joan of Arc (above, their new video for “Two-Toothed Troll”) “ask a very timely question: ‘What the fuck? Rarely have they had their finger so squarely on the pulse,” says PopMatters. “Patience and collaboration continue to focus and invigorate Joan of Arc.” And with new music comes a new tour. Catch them opening for American Football on Saturday at Terminal 5 and playing the early show at Mercury Lounge on Sunday.

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The Long-Running Evolution of Joan of Arc Continues

August 11th, 2011

Joan of Arc – Mercury Lounge – August 10, 2011

(Photo: Dima Rogovik)

It’s impossible for some people to get past Joan of Arc’s origins as Cap’n Jazz, even though that early incarnation has had infinitely more posthumous recognition than when the band was together, probably due in part to the pre-Internet age when word of mouth had to spread mixtape to mixtape. Like with Slint, the mythology of Cap’n Jazz’s performances, scarcity of recordings and sheer ingenuity went on to inevitably influence a countless number of bands. But for frontman Tim Kinsella the breakup was the beginning of another project, Joan of Arc, which played for an enthusiastic, loyal crowd at Mercury Lounge last night.

Kinsella has remained just about the only consistent element in the band throughout its 16-year existence. The group delivers deliberately out-of-key, disparate record-skipping rhythms all in service of the distinctive vocals that continue to carry the same weight as in any of Kinsella’s many projects. Playing a scattering of songs from an extensive catalog, Joan of Arc staggeringly displayed idiosyncratic skill, dynamically shifting through time signatures and volume, looking to one another to hit changes in perfect sync. Not to mention a group this established has a sixth sense and the camaraderie is written on bassist Bobby Burg’s smiling face, as happy with the shattering breaks as we are.

If there’s one thing they’ve earned through this kind of longevity, it’s the right to completely reinvent their sound, to not be tied to any particular genre and still expect the fans to follow along. Kinsella and company have steadily developed this long-running evolution of Joan of Arc’s sound, and one does a disservice to think Cap’n Jazz marked the end of an era because Joan of Arc has continued to innovate and reinvent an epic thread of emo math rock. —Jason Dean

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Don’t Miss Joan of Arc at Mercury Lounge

August 8th, 2011


Some things just aren’t meant to last, which was exactly the case with Red Blue Yellow. The band played just one show—one—before breaking up. They got rid of their songs and decided to give it another go several months later as Joan of Arc. Some of the guys in the group had been part of the post-hardcore Cap’n Jazz. And now that they were performing under a different name, they wanted the music to be different, too. So they traded in traditional punk for a version that included electronics and loops. It must’ve worked because Joan of Arc (above, performing “Love Life” at this year’s SXSW) is still going at it more than 15 years later, and they the released their 14th LP, the emo-leaning Life Like, this past May. See them play Mercury Lounge on Wednesday.

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Joan of Arc – Mercury Lounge – February 1, 2011

February 2nd, 2011

Joan of Arc - Mercury Lounge - February 1, 2011

Photos courtesy of Mina K

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Don’t Miss Joan of Arc at Mercury Lounge

August 7th, 2010


Some things just aren’t meant to last, which was exactly the case with Red Blue Yellow. The band played just one show—one—before breaking up. They got rid of their songs and decided to give it another go several months later as Joan of Arc. Some of the guys in the group had been part of the post-hardcore Cap’n Jazz. And now that they were performing under a different name, they wanted the music to be different, too. So they traded in traditional punk for a version that included electronics and loops. It must’ve worked because Joan of Arc (above, performing “Love Life” at this year’s SXSW) is still going at it more than 15 years later, and they the released their 14th LP, the emo-leaning Life Like, this past May. See them play Mercury Lounge on Wednesday.