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Wed, May 17
The Lounge at World Cafe Live
Doors: 6:00pm | Show: 8:00pm
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Beloved Arkansas duo joan have released the catchy second single “don’t say you love me” TODAY from two upcoming EPs set to hit later this year via Photo Finish Records. Following their recent single “so good” released last month, ‘don’t say you love me’ is a song about letting a relationship go when a partner is no longer fully in it, set over an ever-irresistible melody. joan have also announced the titles of their two forthcoming EP’s, which will be hi and bye, each EP weaving the story respectively about the beginnings and endings of a relationship.

Of ‘don’t say you love me’, the band say, “this song was in demo land for about 6 months. we loved the chorus that we had a lot, but could not find a verse that felt right for the life of us. one day last month we met and wrote with michelle buzz and hit it off right away. she’s the first person we’ve ever let in as far as writing lyric and melody to a song – she’s an absolute rockstar, and was the perfect partner to make this song what it came to be.”

“With this project, we’re shooting a proper music video for each song with our favorite director in the world, brandon waddell. while thinking on the concept for this song, brandon brought up the idea of doing a chatroom type performance from a bedroom. we’ve been thinking of a way to incorporate fans for a video shoot, and this one felt like the perfect opportunity to do so. we put out a casting call on social media, had thousands of fans reach out, and put the quickest responders in the video. this song and video is extremely special and important to us – it feels like a milestone we’ll look back on and remember when we’ve been a band for 50 years :)”

joan’s new chapter ‘wave era’ will see new singles from two EPs landing on the first Thursday of each month, soundtracking the rest of 2021 with their trademark alt-pop bops, tinged with the sweetest hint of 90’s R&B influences. Today announced to be titled hi and bye, joan add “after we released “cloudy/partly cloudy”, we got straight to work, writing so many new songs. we found that the songs were naturally falling in two different camps. so, we decided rather than trying to force them to work together, it would be more interesting to release two ep’s over the course of the year. welcome to the wave era – here comes a new joan song each month through the end of the year :)”

joan (Alan Benjamin Thomas and Steven Rutherford) have spent the past few years building their musical empire, single by single, tour date by tour date, with the past two years being landmarks for them; their debut EP, 2019’s portra, and last year’s EP cloudy have been streamed well over 90 million times, with over a million listeners a month across streaming platforms.

The guys spent much of 2019 on the road with major US and international tours supporting the likes of The Aces, COIN, Bloc Party and Jeremy Zucker, as well as playing to fans across Asia with headline shows and festivals in the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong. Early 2020 saw them playing to sold out crowds across the US on their first headline tour, including having to add additional shows in LA to accommodate ticket demand. Their virtual cloudy release show in August 2020 boasted thousands of ticket sales from fans who tuned into their livestream. 2021 is going to be an incredibly exciting year for joan, they’re only just getting started.