Cult Scottish miserabilists The Just Joans are delighted to announce the upcoming release of You Might Be Smiling Now… – their first new album in more than a decade – following the band’s signing to Fika Recordings.
Songwriter David Pope explains more; “‘Biblically Speaking’ is a song about the fear of eternal damnation, set to handclaps. It’s about a young man who’s trying to balance his religious upbringing with his baser lustful instincts. A devil on one shoulder, an angel on the other and a pint of weak lager in his hands.”
Formed in Glasgow in 2005, The Just Joans have evolved from two-piece to a shambling sextet that embrace rivalry and relationship in the vocals of siblings, David and Katie Pope. Once described by Is This Music 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.
From their 2006 debut album Last Tango in Motherwell through a series of successful EPs to 2012’s compilation, Buckfast Bottles In The Rain, the acerbic wit in David Pope’s observational lyrics have helped make the band icons of the indie-pop scene and a favourite fixture at the annual Indietracks festival.
The Just Joans are David Pope (vocals and guitar), Katie Pope (vocals), Chris Elkin (lead guitar), Fraser Ford (bass guitar), Doog Cameron (keyboards) and Jason Sweeney (drums).