With Love of Everything and the Dreadful Yawns. Wednesday, March 19, at the Grog Shop.

Joan of Arc 

With Love of Everything and the Dreadful Yawns. Wednesday, March 19, at the Grog Shop.

Joan of Arc
  • Joan of Arc
Pause for a moment, music fan, to consider advertising: Do 30-second TV spots reflect or determine the culture? Take one of TV's most enduring commercial campaigns: Miller Lite's "Less Filling/Tastes Great." A group of people engage in a debate more concerned with the rhetorical possibilities of what they discuss than the thing itself.

"Less Filling/Tastes Great" is a fitting analog for the debate swirling around Joan of Arc: A group of people, most of whom own at least one pair of dark-rimmed glasses, argue the myopic question of whether Joan of Arc is "emo" or "post-rock." Passions are enraged -- but not because anyone really likes the music much. For the record, here's one opinion that Joan of Arc is low-cal post-rock: Frontman Tim Kinsella has a bad case of the Jim O'Rourkes -- he wants to be weird and oblique and counter-melodic, but his wailing tremolo gives the pose away. Granted, the new, all-analog So Much Staying Alive and Lovelessness conjures up more interesting sonic frictions than Joan of Arc has managed on past releases, but here's the rub: No one goes on music diets or worries about getting a music gut, so why not just listen to Gastr Del Sol, instead of settling for Gastr Lite?

Latest in Livewire

More by Maya Singer

  • Rogue Wave

    Descended Like Vultures (Sub Pop)
    • Nov 2, 2005
  • Calla

    With Celebration and JJ Magazine. Monday, October 31, at the Grog Shop.
    • Oct 26, 2005
  • Cat Power

    Wednesday, October 12, at the Dionysus Club, Oberlin.
    • Oct 5, 2005
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Top Viewed Stories

From the Archives

  • David Padilla

    Saturday, January 18, at Modä.
    • Jan 15, 2003
  • Malevolent Creation

    With Dead to Fall, Between the Buried and Me, and others. Friday, February 14, at the Revolution.
    • Feb 12, 2003
  • More »

Site Search

Facebook Activity

© 2015 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation