The Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling Now​.​.​. on The Moon


This is the first instant boat floater that I have come across for a while. They are a band that has been around for over a decade but, though their name is familiar, I have only got round to checking them out with the release of their new LP You Might Be Smiling Now​.​.​.

This may be because they first came out in my "lost years" just before the advent of Spotify and that this is the first full length album since the release of their debut Last Tango In Motherwell  back in 2006. They tick all the right boxes as they hail from Lanarkshire in The Land of More Enlightenment to the north of The North and produce lyrical rock n' roll  songs with a mix of male and female vocals that explore "themes of angst, heartbreak and detachment", which ought to put a smile on your face.

They have apparently been described as "the missing link between The Magnetic Fields and The Proclaimers" and my best sounds-like would be The Vaselines singing songs written and produced by Malcolm Middleton.  It is only their second LP, but between 2008-13 they did release 5  7-9 tack EPs, plus a Christmas 4 track EP. They can all be found on their Bandcamp page and on streaming sites.  You Might Be Smiling Now​.​.​. is streamable below via the Fika Recordings Bandcamp page, but Last Tango In Motherwell and the 2012 compilation Buckfast Bottles In The Rain are sadly not available on Bandcamp or in the usual places.


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