Alanna McArdle

Alanna McArdle used to sing in Joanna Gruesome. You can follow her Twitter here, and follow her Tumblr here.


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Joanna Gruesome was a Welsh five-piece band from Cardiff (Wales). They played their final show in 2017. Joanna Gruesome were formed in 2010 in Cardiff at the suggestion of an anger management class. Their debut album, written in occultist Brighton hotel The Hell House and produced by MJ of Hookworms, was released on Slumberland Records (USA) and Fortuna Pop! (UK). A crossover record between c86 indie pop and riot grrrl and hardcore punk, it received praise from Pitchfork, This is fake DIY and Rough Trade. They played in the UK and Europe with notable artists including Los Campesinos!, King Tuff, Herman Dune and Hookworms, and in the United States for New York's CMJ festival. Joanna Gruesome was known for their energetic live shows and forthright feminist and anti-homophobic views. Despite their name, none of the band members was called Joanna; rather, this is likely to be a play on the artist Joanna Newsom. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.


Alanna McArdle (Joanna Gruesome) Talks Palma Violets’ Danger in the Club

By Alanna McArdle | May 11, 2015

Alanna McArdle (Joanna Gruesome) Talks Palma Violets’ Danger in the Club

The new Palma Violets album starts off vapid, rushed and derivative. And it’s the best part of the record.

Alanna McArdle (Joanna Gruesome) Talks Grouper’s Ruins

By Alanna McArdle | October 28, 2014

Alanna McArdle (Joanna Gruesome) Talks Grouper’s Ruins

Joanna Gruesome’s singer on the “happy-sad” world of Grouper and the overwhelming power of quiet.