Pope Joan

Pope Joan are a leftfield-pop four-piece from Brighton. Falling somewhere between the kinetic playfulness of Les Savy Fav, the quirky pop of early-era XTC and the sonic spectrum of TV on the Radio, Pope Joan build their art-pop around walls of ambient processed guitar noise, furious drum lines and driving 8-bit synth keyboards.

In 2008 Pope Joan released their critically acclaimed debut mini-album 'Hot Water, Lines and Rickety Machines' on OIB Records along with the albums single ‘No TV’. This was followed by the double A-side single 'Volumes // Centurions' that quickly established them as one of the most exciting new bands in the experimental British art-pop scene.

Over the past two years Pope Joan have shared the stage with The Vaccines; Maps and Atlases; Fools Gold; Theophilus London; The Fall; and the Invisible.

"A colourful explosion of post punk adorned, effects laden guitar lines, quirky synth noises, elasticated bass lines and creative drum patterns topped off with an undeniable pop sheen." - Artrocker

"Brighton boys Pope Joan are a fantastic and quirky proposition indeed." - NME

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Pope Joan - Hot Water, Lines and Rickety Machines
OIB006 | 8 Tracks
No TV / 49 Years Time / A Length of String / Nothing Is Too Much / Our Cuisine / It’s The Same As When You Asked Me The Last Time / An Alternate Route to the End / Pocket of Change
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With their debut mini-album 'Hot Water, Lines and Rickety Machines', Pope Joan have created a breathless assemblage of 8 tracks recorded over one hectic weekend that reflects the refinement of their sound, combining unforgettable pop-hooks with the lo-fi immediacy of their raw essence.

"A colourful explosion of post punk adorned, effects laden guitar lines, quirky synth noises, elasticated bass lines and creative drum patterns topped off with an undeniable pop sheen." - Artrocker

"Brighton boys Pope Joan are a fantastic and quirky proposition indeed." - NME

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Sea Monsters - The Best of Brighton - Various Artists - feat. Pope Joan – Ground is Shaky
OIB023 | 18 Tracks
The Sticks – Night of Pleasure / Pope Joan – Ground is Shaky / Nullifier – Burn Up on Re-Entry / Hind Ear – Coconut / Us Baby Bear Bones – Encore to a Fictional Idea / Sons of Noel and Adrian – Black Side of the River / The Hornblower Brothers – Mossy Epitaph / Curly hair – Pumpkin Eye / Jane Bartholomew – Fiery Son / Stuart Warwick – Advice to married Women Vol.1 / Salter Cane – Sorrow / Birdengine – No Arms and No Friends / Crowns on the Rats Orchestra – The Markov Charade / Markov Parade / Soccer 96 – California / illness – the Guardian / Cold Pumas – Proof of Man / Drum Eyes – Future Police / The Squadron Leaders – Sad Song
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Time has come to spread the good word of the Brighton scene to the wider world and with that in mind we present ‘SEA MONSTERS - The Best of Brighton’, a comprehensive collection of the 18 most vital and engaging bands on the Brighton Scene right now. It’s a multi-genre showcase of just how wide Brighton’s musical spectrum is, and a love-letter to the town that allows this type of shenanigan to thrive.

Across the 18 tracks you’ll hear the cool surf-rock of The Squadron Leaders and the Sticks; the slick pop perfection of Pope Joan and Nullifier; the enveloping folk-noir of Sons of Noel and Adrian and Birdengine; the 8-bit brutality of Drum Eyes and Soccer96; and the harsh garage rock of Illness andCold Pumas; alongside a whole host of other artists and genres.

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Pope Joan - Centurions // Volumes
OIB016 | 2 Tracks
Centurions / Volumes
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The new double A-side single 'Centurions // Volumes' comprises two brand new recordings that showcase the rapid and demanding new direction from one of the most exciting new bands in the UK. It's perfect summer pop wrapped in warm washes of ambient processed guitar and infectious skewed synths.

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Pope Joan – No TV / A Length of String
OIB009 | 2 Tracks
No TV / A Length of String
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The debut single from Brighton based art-popsters Pope Joan is six minutes of incredible ambient processed guitar noise, furious drum lines and quirky 8-bit synth keyboards all underpinned by their incredibly demanding pop sensibility. This single release features two alternative mixes to those found on the final issue of the album.

"A noisy little commotion from Brighton bods who have gone from strength to strength in recent months, fusing the gap between avant-garde art punk and melodic pop pleasantries." - The Fly