Formed in Glasgow in 2005, The Just Joans have evolved from a shambling two-piece to an accomplished sextet that embraces rivalry and relationship in the vocals of siblings, David and Katie Pope. Once described as "the missing link between The Magnetic Fields and The Proclaimers," the band have used self-awareness and self-deprecation to continuously explore themes of angst, heartbreak and detachment in their songs.
You Might Be Smiling Now... is a self-recorded and produced collection of new songs. The release offers more of the same cynicism, but from an older if not necessarily wiser perspective as evidenced on lead single "No Longer Young Enough" and "You Make Me Physically Sick (Let's Start Having Children)," a jaundiced slice of toybox pop that crosses The Human League and Harold Steptoe. Complementing this shift in tone comes a more polished electronic sound on tracks "A Matter of Time" and "Someone Else That You Like More Than Me" while "O' Caledonia" sails along at a blistering pace like no Just Joans lament before it.
Singer-songwriter David Pope explains: "You Might Be Smiling Now... could be considered a loose concept album. The songs detail the confusion in my teenage years, the horror of my twenties and the terror of my encroaching middle age. It's somewhat self-indulgent, but I hope that these wee stories about small town boredom, drunken romance and misty-eyed nostalgia resonate with the other overgrown teenagers out there in their mid-thirties."