We first stumbled across Brighton based “Art-Pop” band Pope Joan at last summer’s Hop Farm festival in deepest Kent. Playing on one of the small stages, their angular, stylish sound reminded us of a slightly 80’s/early LCD Soundsystem/Micachu/maybe a bit of Roxy Music (all in a good way) and was a refreshing contrast to the folksy stylings of Laura Marling, Mumford and Sons etc. ,the sing-along rambling of Pete Docherty and the disappointing croaking of Dylan (Villagers were good though).
Since that first encounter they’ve been gigging sporadically, recorded some new tracks and a video or two, and we’re pleased to note have just released a single “A Drowning/I Can’t Stand You At All” with a rather lovely video for A Drowning you can see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee-S_Nbiu6s
We’re reliably informed that you can download it from i-tunes should you feel inclined.
If you’re not feeling flush and fancy a free track from the band you can download an earlier song “Matthias” here: http://soundcloud.com/popejoan
They’ve got a couple of gigs coming up too, one on 31st March at Bread and Roses in Clapham, London and their first gig outside the UK on 6th May in Tours, France supporting “Publicist” a side project of one our other favourite bands-Trans Am. Should be a good night.