Unheard Of
Joan of Arc
This article originally appeared in The Tiger on August 28, 2009 | PRINT

Often times, musicians are known to commit strange acts or do unique things to get attention or in order to define themselves. Take for instance Janet’s “wardrobe malfunction” or Prince deciding on a symbol for his name instead of the conventional six letters that make up one syllable.

In the non-mainstream music genre, the same ideas apply as bands continue to act upon their inimitable instincts in order to set themselves even further apart from the majority. Take for instance Joan of Arc. The Chicago-formed punk band has released a live album that is, in fact, not live, as well as an 11-track album which only contains 10 songs. Joan of Arc is a seven-member band and despite how complicated they’ve tried to make themselves look, one thing remains the same — their songs are purely simple and easy listening.

The smooth voice of lead singer Tim Kinsellas often reminds me of Keane’s Tom Chaplin and the interludes of synthetic and electronic sounds are very comparable to those of Perpetual Groove. Kinsellas is the groups’ songwriter, and because of his natural talent, Joan of Arc’s lyrics have developed a reputation for being confusing, purposefully misleading and humorous. This week if your iPod seems a bit dreary, consider downloading these songs from Joan of Arc’s 1998 album titled “How Memory Works.”

Hear this:

“White Out” You will see what I mean by confusing lyrics in this track.

“This Life Cumulative” Interestingly, this song is about the widespread media coverage of Fiona Apple.

“Gin & Platonic” This one’s for the electronic fans.

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