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Joan of Arc
Twenty years now there’s been this thing, our band, Joan of Arc. Sometimes we forget about it and let it fizzle out for a year while we tend to our lives. Sometimes we cling to it for a year and wake up surprised and exhausted every day for months on end, given walking tours of old Italian towns, browsing dreary British pedestrian malls or barefooted organic grocers on the Pacific coast. We know how lucky we are.

The less we feel like a band—the more we can continue to be a band, but escape that feeling of doing all those shitty, corny things expected of bands—the truer to ourselves we feel. And you all know it, everyone knows it even if everyone has to bury it to get on with their day-to-day: the truer to ourselves we feel, the better everything gets. We have shifted shapes and modified our approaches quite a number of times in the course of twenty years. And we’ve done so always aiming to stay true to ourselves at that moment, by instinct and with conscious intent. This time, it took us a long time to figure out how to start back up. We threw away a lot of songs and started over, over and over.

But here’s the thing: We are getting better at being ourselves. So many of the postures of youth just fall away with time. Most bands break up by that point, or become caricatures of their younger selves. Because money is tricky, or I should say, it comes to be that energy is tricky to muster after all of it goes into the basics of sustaining yourself.

Every day, at some point, it occurs to me that Richard Brautigan killed himself at the age that I am now. But I got this community of weirdo collaborators to lean on that he never had.

We’ve never had an audience that gets any validation of its coolness through liking us. We’ve mangled, juxtaposed, and collaged too many elements for that social contract. But we trust each other.

This time, finally, we trusted each other enough to throw all the songs away, to even throw away every preconceived idea about which one of us should take position at which instrument. We hit Record and played, and our collective tastes emerged. And they, our tastes in the moment, were the only standards in all the expanse of the stupefying and beautiful unknown universe, that we regarded as relevant in the least.

- Tim Kinsella

Joan of Arc
Twenty years now there’s been this thing, our band, Joan of Arc. Sometimes we forget about it and let it fizzle out for a year while we tend to our lives. Sometimes we cling to it for a year and wake... + more bio

Tour Dates
Date Location Venue
09/22/18 Sat Chicago, IL Goose Island Brewery Goose Island Block Party
10/03/18 Wed Brooklyn, NY Elsewhere with mewithoutYou
10/04/18 Thu Cambridge, MA The Sinclair with mewithoutYou
10/05/18 Fri Pawtucket, RI The Met with mewithoutYou
10/06/18 Sat Ottawa, ON, Canada Babylon with mewithoutYou
10/07/18 Sun Toronto, ON, Canada Horseshoe Tavern with mewithoutYou
10/08/18 Mon Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place with mewithoutYou
10/09/18 Tue Columbus, OH Skully's Music Diner with mewithoutYou
10/10/18 Wed Millvale, PA Mr Smalls with mewithoutYou
01/17/19 Thu Dallas, TX Club Dada with El Ten Eleven
01/18/19 Fri Austin, TX Empire Control Room and Garage with El Ten Eleven
01/19/19 Sat Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall with El Ten Eleven
01/22/19 Tue Gainesville, FL High Dive with El Ten Eleven
01/23/19 Wed Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbit's with El Ten Eleven
01/24/19 Thu Orlando, FL The Social with El Ten Eleven
01/25/19 Fri Tampa, FL Crowbar with El Ten Eleven
01/26/19 Sat Atlanta, GA Aisle 5 with El Ten Eleven
01/30/19 Wed Asheville, NC The Grey Eagle with El Ten Eleven
01/31/19 Thu Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle with El Ten Eleven
02/01/19 Fri Charlottesville, VA The Southern Cafe with El Ten Eleven
02/02/19 Sat Washington, DC Union Stage with El Ten Eleven
02/06/19 Wed Philadelphia, PA Foundry with El Ten Eleven
02/07/19 Thu Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg with El Ten Eleven
02/08/19 Fri Portland, ME Port City Music Hall with El Ten Eleven
02/09/19 Sat Cambridge, MA The Sinclair with El Ten Eleven
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