'Jerome (Liar)' is the first new material since the release of last year's 'Weird Sister' debut full-length. The track will be featured on the split 12" with Trust Fund from Bristol UK released on HHBTM Records in the States on September 22nd and Reeks of Effort in the UK on September 21st.
We at HHBTM headquarters flipped for Joanna Gruesome the first time we heard them, and though we knew we couldn't compete with Fortuna Pop / Slumberland's vast quantities of (well-deserved) moneywe jumped at the chance to put out their first 7". Well everyone knows Joanna Gruesome now. Pitchfork calls them 'deeply passionate, impossibly noisy', AllMusic went for 'breath-catchingly exciting and hearwarmingly pretty', and Rolling Stone says they 'play their hearts out', but we just think they're cool people making cool sounds and fighting the good fight. And we're proud to be associated with them.
Plus they wore a Tunabunny shirt at CMJ last fall, so they're obviously after HHBTM's hearts.
Anyway, when they told the label they had some creative spillover, too many ideas to be contained by the album-every-two-years treadmill, HHBTM decided to team up with the UK based label Reeks of Effort (which is run by Max Warren of Joanna Gruesome) and their band Trust Fund to do a split 12" (sadly for promo purposes Trust Fund's a band name and not a bank account, but at the same time the band's priceless so whatever).
The record sees the Gruesomes (as they're affectionately known by their massive legion of Japanese fans) stretching out sonically and emotionally. 'Coffee Implosion' opens with the Big Black like abrasiveness before sweetly stomping all over the room. And 'Satan (Desire Edition)' an alternate version of their album closer could fill a cathedral with it's spiritual emptiness. If you have even a passing interest in Joanna Gruesome you're going to need to grab this 12" while it's still available.
Trust Fund isn't nearly as well known, for now. But these kids bring all kinds of Flying Nun-ish mid-fi guitar pop with hints of bands like Swearin', Sourpatch, and Big Sodaseeping through. Those other guys have the sounds, but Trust Fund has the songs. The end of 'Reading the Wrappers' walks it home as good as any of their heroes ever did. Or yours for that matter.
So yeah HHBTM164. Joanna Gruesome & Trust Fund. Together forever like a dreaming Rick Astley, never to part and don't you know we would move heaven and earth.
JOANNA GRUESOME live dates
July 26th - Indietracks
July 29th - Brighton @ Green Door Store (w/ Perfect Pussy)
July 30th - Leeds @ Wharf Chambers (w/ Perfect Pussy)
July 31st - Glasgow @ Mono (w/ Perfect Pussy)
August 1st - Manchester @ Deaf Institute (w/ Perfect Pussy)
August 2nd - London @ Shackwell Arms
August 20th - Oakland, CA @ 1234 Go Records ~
August 21st - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop +
August 22nd - Los Angeles, CA @ the Smell #
August 24th - Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
August 26th - Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium *
August 27th - Cambridge, MA @ the Sinclair *
August 28th - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church *
August 29th - New York City, NY @ South Street Seaport ^
August 30th - Washington DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
~ w/ Tony Molina & Hard left
+ w/ Manatee
# w/ Dunes, Michael Vidal, DEBT
* w/ Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth, & Love of Everything
^ w/ Big Ups