Acclaimed alt pop duo joan today announce their new single and accompanying visuals ‘loner’, the latest track to be lifted from their highly anticipated debut album superglue, out April 19thvia Photo Finish Records.
‘loner’ discusses the poignant experience of feeling like you don’t fit in, and the isolation and sadness that can result. The emotional yet upbeat track also highlights how important it is to find your tribe and those feelings of acceptance and joy that result when you are comfortable in yourself and around others.
joan share, “We talk all the time with each other about how we never really fit in with any crowd in high school, and we’re lucky to have found people that match with us and make us feel comfortable in our own skin. It’s a hard few years though, not having that connection with anyone specific that *really* gets you. This song was brought out from that emotion and experience.”
With fervent pop rock soundscapes under cathartic and infectious melodies, ‘loner’ is a captivating anthem dedicated to every misfit. The band further share, "You know when you go to a party or really anything with crowds, and you have that sort of pit in your stomach because you don’t feel like you belong and you really just don't want to be there? That’s what loner is about — being in those situations and knowing you’re better off just sticking to your own corner and keeping to yourself. But, it’s also about someone walking into that party that sees you and gets you and feels the same way you do and you’re thinking, “i’d rather be alone, you’d rather be alone, should we alone together?” and all the sudden the thought of being with someone doesn’t seem so bad.”
The single is the latest from their 12 track full length which is over three years in the making, following their beloved EPs portra, cloudy, hi and bye. Entitled superglue, the album is an existential journey influenced by the duo’s recent transition into fatherhood. The duo will embark on a 20 date nationwide U.S. headlining tour beginning May 13th, to support their album, see below for full list of dates.
life, death & everything between
feeling like dancing
falling in love
The Little Rock, Arkansas based twosome is known for creating expansive pop music from inside their bedrooms in deepest Middle America. Their infectious blend of pop eras, DIY, self-sustaining aesthetic and deep connection with their fanbase has resulted in international success with over 150 million streams and sold out shows across the globe including headlining 15,000+ capacity venues in Asia.
joan(Alan Benjamin Thomas and Steven Rutherford) have spent the past few years building their world, single by single, tour date by tour date; from their debut EP, 2019’s portra, to the much-loved cloudy & its sister EP partly cloudy, to 2021's hi & bye EPs. Their songs have been streamed over 120 million times, with well over a million listeners a month across streaming platforms.
joan have enjoyed U.S. and international tours supporting the likes of Jeremy Zucker, COIN, Bloc Party and The Aces, as well as playing to fans across Asia with headline shows and festivals in the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong - they return to Asia for the biggest shows yet, includes dates at a basketball arena and a theme park. joan’s infectious blend of pop eras & styles belies their roots in Little Rock, Arkansas, but their sense of warmth and community from those around them at home gives their music a sense of belonging often missing from others’ and that extends to their fanbase, with whom they interact via a successful Patreon page and through free meet & greets at every show.
2023 promises to be the band’s biggest yet, with the release of their debut album and worldwide touring & festivals.
joan tour dates
April 5 - Camden Assembly, London, UK
May 13 - The Masquerade (Hell Stage): Atlanta, GA
May 14 - The Basement East: Nashville, TN
May 16 - Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
May 17: The Lounge @ World Cafe: Philadelphia, PA
May 19 - The Black Cat: Washington DC
May 20 - The Sinclair: Boston, MA
May 23 - The Velvet Underground, Toronto, ON
May 25 - Subterranean: Chicago, IL
May 31 - Parish: Austin, TX
June 1 - Club Dada: Dallas, TX
June 3 - Valley Bar: Phoenix, AZ
June 4 - Voodoo Room @ HOB: San Diego, CA
June 6 - Constellation Room: Santa Ana, CA
June 7 - Teragram Ballroom: Los Angeles, CA
June 8 - Popscene @ Rickshaw Shop: San Fransisco, CA
June 10 - Polaris Hall: Portland, OR
June 11 - Barboza: Seattle, WA
June 13 - Soundwell: Salt Lake City, UT
June 14 - Larimer Lounge: Denver, CO
June 16 - Little Rock Music Hall: Little Rock, AR