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Formed: 1995 (19 years ago)


Biography

Chicago's Joan of Arc is never reliant on the status quo. In the course of their history, the band's recorded output has elicited not only critical praise through challenging the norms of traditional songwriting, but also significant backlash from reviewers who became increasingly confused by the band's eclectic output. Following an eight year stint with Delaware's Jade Tree Records, Joan of Arc made the jump to a new label and a new beginning with Polyvinyl late spring 2004.

Joan of Arc's genesis can be traced to the days of Cap'n Jazz. Cap'n Jazz was founded by brothers Tim Kinsella ... Read more

Chicago's Joan of Arc is never reliant on the status quo. In the course of their history, the band's recorded output has elicited not only critical praise through challenging the norms of traditional songwriting, but also significant backlash from reviewers who became increasingly confused by the band's eclectic output. Following an eight year stint with Delaware's Jade Tree Records, Joan of Arc made the jump to a new label and a new beginning with Polyvinyl late spring 2004.

Joan of Arc's genesis can be traced to the days of Cap'n Jazz. Cap'n Jazz was founded by brothers Tim Kinsella (vocals) and Mike Kinsella (drums), bassist Sam Zurick, and guitarist Victor Villareal while they were still in junior high or high school. In the band's last year, guitarist Davey von Bohlen joined. Although Cap'n Jazz's history was short-lived, they built a strong local following in the Chicago area and released two 7"s, several split 7"s, numerous compilation tracks, and a full-length.

Following Cap'n Jazz's July 1995 break-up, Tim Kinsella began writing experimental, abstract songs with keyboardist/guitarist Jeremy Boyle. Additionally, Tim and Sam Zurick were both learning new instruments (guitar and drums respectively) in a separate band with bassist Erik Bocek (a high school friend who had also doubled as Cap'n Jazz's roadie). Their songs paid homage to bands like The Modern Lovers and Slant 6. After some discussion, and with the addition of Mike Kinsella, the two groups became one.

They named the new group Red Blue Yellow and though Tim, Mike, and Sam all had been in Cap'n Jazz, everyone agreed Red Blue Yellow needed to be a complete overhaul rather than merely a continuation of Cap'n Jazz. The solution? Everyone switched instruments. Such a drastic change wasn't free of difficulties: the band played their first show in March 1996 and promptly broke up. Throwing the old material away, the group started over with new songs and a new name. Three months later, calling themselves Joan of Arc, the band debuted June 1996 at Autonomous Zone in Chicago.

Shortly after the first show, Joan of Arc recorded 1996's Method & Sentiment EP on Jade Tree. The Busy Bus, Sunny Sun EP on Southern was the band's second release and appeared in 1997. Both were 7"s. Several months after the Southern 7", the band's debut full-length, A Portable Model Of, was released on Jade Tree June 1997. The album painted post folk and post rock on top of impressionistic aural canvases. The calm instrumentation, odd sounds, and effects on the album established a template the band would continually re-examine and re-invent on successive albums. With the appearances of Azita Youssefi (Scissor Girls, Bride of No No, Azita), Ryan Rapsys (Euphone, Heroic Doses), and Davey von Bohlen (The Promise Ring, Maritime), the album established the Joan of Arc precedent of using outside collaborators to assist in fleshing out the core group's songwriting.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Chicago's Joan of Arc is never reliant on the status quo. In the course of their history, the band's recorded output has elicited not only critical praise through challenging the norms of traditional songwriting, but also significant backlash from reviewers who became increasingly confused by the band's eclectic output. Following an eight year stint with Delaware's Jade Tree Records, Joan of Arc made the jump to a new label and a new beginning with Polyvinyl late spring 2004.

Joan of Arc's genesis can be traced to the days of Cap'n Jazz. Cap'n Jazz was founded by brothers Tim Kinsella (vocals) and Mike Kinsella (drums), bassist Sam Zurick, and guitarist Victor Villareal while they were still in junior high or high school. In the band's last year, guitarist Davey von Bohlen joined. Although Cap'n Jazz's history was short-lived, they built a strong local following in the Chicago area and released two 7"s, several split 7"s, numerous compilation tracks, and a full-length.

Following Cap'n Jazz's July 1995 break-up, Tim Kinsella began writing experimental, abstract songs with keyboardist/guitarist Jeremy Boyle. Additionally, Tim and Sam Zurick were both learning new instruments (guitar and drums respectively) in a separate band with bassist Erik Bocek (a high school friend who had also doubled as Cap'n Jazz's roadie). Their songs paid homage to bands like The Modern Lovers and Slant 6. After some discussion, and with the addition of Mike Kinsella, the two groups became one.

They named the new group Red Blue Yellow and though Tim, Mike, and Sam all had been in Cap'n Jazz, everyone agreed Red Blue Yellow needed to be a complete overhaul rather than merely a continuation of Cap'n Jazz. The solution? Everyone switched instruments. Such a drastic change wasn't free of difficulties: the band played their first show in March 1996 and promptly broke up. Throwing the old material away, the group started over with new songs and a new name. Three months later, calling themselves Joan of Arc, the band debuted June 1996 at Autonomous Zone in Chicago.

Shortly after the first show, Joan of Arc recorded 1996's Method & Sentiment EP on Jade Tree. The Busy Bus, Sunny Sun EP on Southern was the band's second release and appeared in 1997. Both were 7"s. Several months after the Southern 7", the band's debut full-length, A Portable Model Of, was released on Jade Tree June 1997. The album painted post folk and post rock on top of impressionistic aural canvases. The calm instrumentation, odd sounds, and effects on the album established a template the band would continually re-examine and re-invent on successive albums. With the appearances of Azita Youssefi (Scissor Girls, Bride of No No, Azita), Ryan Rapsys (Euphone, Heroic Doses), and Davey von Bohlen (The Promise Ring, Maritime), the album established the Joan of Arc precedent of using outside collaborators to assist in fleshing out the core group's songwriting.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Chicago's Joan of Arc is never reliant on the status quo. In the course of their history, the band's recorded output has elicited not only critical praise through challenging the norms of traditional songwriting, but also significant backlash from reviewers who became increasingly confused by the band's eclectic output. Following an eight year stint with Delaware's Jade Tree Records, Joan of Arc made the jump to a new label and a new beginning with Polyvinyl late spring 2004.

Joan of Arc's genesis can be traced to the days of Cap'n Jazz. Cap'n Jazz was founded by brothers Tim Kinsella (vocals) and Mike Kinsella (drums), bassist Sam Zurick, and guitarist Victor Villareal while they were still in junior high or high school. In the band's last year, guitarist Davey von Bohlen joined. Although Cap'n Jazz's history was short-lived, they built a strong local following in the Chicago area and released two 7"s, several split 7"s, numerous compilation tracks, and a full-length.

Following Cap'n Jazz's July 1995 break-up, Tim Kinsella began writing experimental, abstract songs with keyboardist/guitarist Jeremy Boyle. Additionally, Tim and Sam Zurick were both learning new instruments (guitar and drums respectively) in a separate band with bassist Erik Bocek (a high school friend who had also doubled as Cap'n Jazz's roadie). Their songs paid homage to bands like The Modern Lovers and Slant 6. After some discussion, and with the addition of Mike Kinsella, the two groups became one.

They named the new group Red Blue Yellow and though Tim, Mike, and Sam all had been in Cap'n Jazz, everyone agreed Red Blue Yellow needed to be a complete overhaul rather than merely a continuation of Cap'n Jazz. The solution? Everyone switched instruments. Such a drastic change wasn't free of difficulties: the band played their first show in March 1996 and promptly broke up. Throwing the old material away, the group started over with new songs and a new name. Three months later, calling themselves Joan of Arc, the band debuted June 1996 at Autonomous Zone in Chicago.

Shortly after the first show, Joan of Arc recorded 1996's Method & Sentiment EP on Jade Tree. The Busy Bus, Sunny Sun EP on Southern was the band's second release and appeared in 1997. Both were 7"s. Several months after the Southern 7", the band's debut full-length, A Portable Model Of, was released on Jade Tree June 1997. The album painted post folk and post rock on top of impressionistic aural canvases. The calm instrumentation, odd sounds, and effects on the album established a template the band would continually re-examine and re-invent on successive albums. With the appearances of Azita Youssefi (Scissor Girls, Bride of No No, Azita), Ryan Rapsys (Euphone, Heroic Doses), and Davey von Bohlen (The Promise Ring, Maritime), the album established the Joan of Arc precedent of using outside collaborators to assist in fleshing out the core group's songwriting.

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