Joanna Gruesome

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Joanna Gruesome
Joanna Gruesome in London, January 2014.jpg
Background information
OriginCardiff, Wales
GenresPunk rock, noise pop, indie pop, nu-gaze
Years active2010 (2010)–present
LabelsSlumberland Records
Fortuna Pop!
MembersKate Gruesome, Roxy Gruesome, Owen Gruesome, Max Gruesome, George, Dave Gruesome
Past membersAlanna McArdle, Ciara Killick, Ciara Cohen-Ennis

Joanna Gruesome are a five piece noise pop band from Cardiff, Wales. The name of the group is a reference to musician Joanna Newsom. They have released two albums and a number of singles.


Joanna Gruesome were formed in 2010 in Cardiff. Their debut album received praise from Pitchfork,[1] This is fake DIY and Rough Trade.[2] Joanna Gruesome are known for their energetic live shows,[3] as well as their forthright feminist and anti-homophobic views.[2]

On 28 November 2014, the band won the 2014 Welsh Music Prize with their debut album Weird Sister.[4] They released their second album, Peanut Butter, on 11 May in the UK via Fortuna Pop!, and on 2 June in the US via Slumberland Records.[5]

In June 2015, the band announced Alanna McArdle would be departure from the band. She was replaced by Kate Stonestreet from the bands Pennycress and Roxy from Two White Cranes, Grubs and TOWEL.[6]



Year Title Label Format
2013 Weird Sister Fortuna Pop!, Slumberland Records 12" vinyl LP / CD / DD
2015 Peanut Butter Fortuna Pop!, Slumberland Records 12" vinyl LP / CD / DD


  • E.P. – Self Release, MP3 (2011)
  • Family Portrait – Art Is Hard Records, 7" (2012)
  • Cream Soda Grrrl – E.P. reissue – Reeks Of Effort, tape (2012)
  • Split (with Trust Fund) – Reeks Of Effort (UK) & Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records (US), 12" EP (2014)
  • Astonishing Adventures! "The Captured Crusader" (split with Perfect Pussy) – Captured Tracks, Slumberland Records, Fortuna Pop!, 7" EP (2014)


  • Do You Really Wanna Know Why Yr Still In Love With Me – Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records, 7" (2012)
  • SugarcrushSlumberland/Fortuna Pop!, 7" Single (2013)


  1. ^ Thompson, Paul. "Weird Sister review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Weird Sister review". Rough Trade. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  3. ^ Beaumont, Mark. "Live Review". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  4. ^ Karen Price (28 November 2014). "Joanna Gruesome win the Welsh Music Prize 2014 – Wales Online". walesonline.
  5. ^ Wilson, Martin. "Joanna Gruesome Announce New Album & Share Track". Overblown. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Joanna Gruesome announce line up change". Turnstile.

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