I wrote about Joanna Gruesome last year, and how they’d grabbed my attention by naming themselves after one of my all time favourite artists, Joanna Newsom. Now they’ve only gone and grabbed my attention by naming their new album after one of my favourite foodstuffs, peanut butter. Seriously, put peanut butter in the name of an item on a menu and I’m guaranteed to choose it. I’ve had peanut butter tiffin, peanut butter cheesecake, peanut butter ice cream. I’ve even had peanut butter and chilli on a burger (sounds awful, but delicious).
Fortunately the album lives up to my unreasonable food related expectations. Shouty riot grrl distortion mixed with gorgeous melodies is always going to be a winning combination for me. And is it too much of a stretch to suggest that the combination of crunchiness and sweetness is the reason the album is named peanut butter? Almost certainly yes. Anyhow, the opening track ‘Last Year’ above is a fine example from the album, hope you enjoy!