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Joanna Gruesome - Last Year

‘Last Year’ sounds bigger, brasher and heavier, yet retains the jangly sense of euphoria that makes Joanna Gruesome’s output so addictive.

Joanna Gruesome -  Last Year

Breaking the front door down and proceeding to run rampant all over the house is ‘Last Year’, the first single to be lifted from Joanna Gruesome’s new album ‘Peanut Butter’. Presumably as they trash the place, they’re excitedly searching for the spreadable delight of the same name - or at least this high-octane entrance suggests so. Speaking in a press release, guitarist Owen Williams said the band “attempted to pack as many hooks and screams in as quickly as possible in order to avoid short changing the consumer or wasting her/his time.”

Well, Owen, job’s a good’un - ‘Last Year’ has all of that and more, throwing its arms up in the air as it hurtles down the hill at full speed, yelling “COWABUNGA” at the top of its lungs. Compared to the cuts on their previous release ‘Weird Sister’, ‘Last Year’ sounds bigger, brasher and heavier, yet retains the jangly sense of euphoria and melody that makes Joanna Gruesome’s output so addictive in the first place. Is it a concept record about one band’s quest to find the perfect jar of peanut butter? Is it simply a tribute to one of the finest spreadables of all time? Or, is it the complete opposite - a musical middle finger to a paste some find most disconcerting? Whatever the case, ‘Last Year’ has us really ruddy excited.

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