JOANOVARC - 'Seeds of Summer' Vinyl Launch - Empire Records Store 09.07.17

Tom Blackburne-Maze

(Photo Credits: Volcanic Rock Photography)


Well I didn’t know what to do so I thought why not go and have a Sauna on a Sunday afternoon with the Joanovarc in St Albans.


Joanovarc are an all-female rock band from London who formed into a four-piece band in 2009. They play good hard-hitting punchy rock with strong vocals, great riffs, hard hitting drums and some awesome guitar solos. Since forming they have been met with high acclaim and two of their tracks even feature on Xbox 360 game Rock Band.


Sunday the launch of Joanovarc’s new single “Seeds of Summer” on vinyl at the tiny specialist Empire Records store. The store was full of old and new vinyl and CD’s and Joanovarc sat into a corner at the back of the shop. It was a wonderfully close up “gig” with about 30 fans squeezed into the shop on a boiling hot afternoon to watch Sam, Laura, Shelley and Debs play a really intimate acoustic set, and boy, can they play.


The girls played 9 tracks in total; Seeds of Summer, Try it On, 5 Years, White Trash, Running Away, Work, Live Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jane and a brilliant version of Guns ‘n’ Roses “Sweet Child o’ Mine”.


They played for 45 minutes in total, appropriately starting and finishing with the new single itself from which they are donating part of the proceeds to the recent Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.


They sounded sharp throughout. Sam sang with power and played her bass with ease. Shelley showed us she can play an acoustic guitar as well as her electric version and even treated us to bending the strings on “Jane”. Laura sang with passion and Debs tapped away on her acoustic drum box unbelievably. The three girls vocals all flowed brilliantly together and I was impressed at how easy they made it look and sound when it obviously wasn’t in those circumstances.


My favourite was “Work”, which is the “B” side to the new single, and Sam treated us to her wonderful bass riff at the beginning and throughout which sounded awesome. Shelley’s guitar solos’ on “Jane” and “Sweet Child o’ Mine” were brilliant and they showed us why the band has become so popular both here in the UK and abroad. They mentioned that their favourite in America is “Running Away” which reminds me a bit of Wilson Philips, (for those of you old enough to remember), so I can see why it is popular over there.


All in all, a really great Sunday afternoon despite the heat which must have been worse for the girls but they didn’t let it show or affect them. At the end of the set they opened the box of 250 limited edition copies on vinyl to those of us lucky enough to be there to buy them.


I am thoroughly looking forward to seeing them full on electric at Melbourn Rock Club in November where it will be a little cooler and Hollowstar will be supporting them and warming the crowd up perfectly for them.  


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