Alanna McArdle leaves Joanna Gruesome

Alanna McArdle leaves Joanna Gruesome

Vocalist cites “mental health problems”, stating: “I need to actually take some time out.”

Joanna Gruesome have announced that vocalist Alanna McArdle has left the band, following the release of their new album ‘Peanut Butter’.

In a statement posted to their Facebook, the band praise Lan for being “the most amazing vocalist/person/band member/ gruesome we could have ever asked for.” They go on to say “it’s been so so cool to be in a band with someone we’ve become such great friends with, someone who’s been totally unafraid to hone in on horrible jerks and someone who’s made negotiating the bullshit of music industry types fun and inspiring.”

Through her own separate statement, McArdle explains her decision to leave the group.

It reads: “Lately, my mental health problems have become a lot worse and I’ve gone through a pretty shitty time. I’ve realised I need to actually take some time out to focus on some kind of ‘recovery’, so I won’t be singing in Joanna Gruesome anymore. I hate to sound cheesy but the time I had in jgro was life-changing. I made friends with so many amazing people, had the chance to play with some of my favourite bands, went to places I’d never been before (metaphysically and geographically) and pissed off a lot of men in the process. I am really proud of everything I’ve done with the band, especially Peanut Butter, and I think we’ve made some really great records. Thanks to everyone who ever put up with me on tour, and anyone who stopped any assholes from hurting other people at our shows xo.”

Alanna McArdle leaves Joanna Gruesome

“It’s been so so cool to be in a band with someone we’ve become such great friends with, someone who’s been totally unafraid to hone in on horrible jerks…”

— Joanna Gruesome

Joanna Gruesome are now joined by two new vocalists, Kate (of Pennycress) on lead vocals and Roxy (of Trust Fund) on vocals/keyboard.

Previously postponed UK dates have been rescheduled:

SEPTEMBER
18 Manchester, Islington Mill
19 Newcastle, Head of Steam
20 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
22 London, Scala
23 Edinburgh, Summerhall
24 Glasgow, Glad Cafe
25 Hebden Bridge, Trades Club
26 Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
29 Brighton, The Haunt

‘Peanut Butter’ is out now via Fortuna! Pop. Listen to 'Honestly Do Yr Worst' below.


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