One of Four Long Out of Print Classic LPs from the Joan Of Arc Catalog Available on 180g Vinyl
Chicago's Joan of Arc blend post-rock's atmospherics and punk's volume and dynamics. Three members came from the emocore band Cap'n Jazz; when that band broke up, the trio wanted to change their musical direction, removing the boundaries and structures of punk and including more experimental elements like tape loops and electronics. Calling themselves Joan of Arc, the group went on tour with their friends the Promise Ring (who also featured ex-Cap'n Jazz members) in August 1996.
After spending the fall of that year writing and recording, the band re-emerged in 1997 with A Portable Model Of, their full-length debut. The album continued Joan of Arc's evolution into an equally hard-hitting and progressive outfit that appealed to emo and post-rock fans alike. The following year they returned with How Memory Works, a more clearly stated version of their ambitious style. Joan of Arc rang in 1999 with the release of Live in Chicago 1999. In February 2003, the band returned with So Much Staying Alive and Lovelessness.
The first of several high-flying conceptual works to come from the Joan Of Arc compound is an eminently eclectic affair – organic and electronic, ironic and earnest, familiar, yet wholly irregular. It's a balance that allows this Chicago-based group to walk on the fringe without being swallowed by it. You'll feasibly end up scratching your head as much as you wind up nodding it, but if you didn't, you'd probably be missing the point.