The Just Joans share new single “O Caledonia” – new album You Might Be Smiling Now due out on 1 December via Fika

November 1, 2017

The Just Joans
Share new single “O Caledonia” via The 405
Taken from forthcoming album You Might Be Smiling Now…
Due out on 1 December via Fika Recordings
Plus Live dates announced:
2 December – McNeil’s Bar, Glasgow – The Just Joans’ Seasonal Greet
3 February – The Lexington, London
Listen to “O Caledonia” here
The Just Joans share the new single “O Caledonia”, taken from the forthcoming full-length, You Might Be Smiling Now…, due out on Fika Recordings on 1 December, which will be their first new album in almost a decade. The track was premiered via The 405, who wrote; “The Just Joans are back, bigger and better than ever… The band is now a sextet, and the multitude of instrumentation and melodic input has inflated their sound to grander and weightier size, without losing any of the charm, bitterness or dynamism that makes them a noteworthy, humorous and thoroughly enjoyable listen in any situation.”

Songwriter and guitarist David Pope says this of the song: “‘O Caledonia’ is a song inspired by my four-year-old niece who is, as yet, completely oblivious to the pain, misery and heartache that lies in wait just around the corner. This is our message to the young: You Might Be Smiling Now… Perhaps it’s the legacy of John Calvin and strict Northern Presbyterianism. Perhaps it’s the miserable weather and shite football. Either way, there feels a peculiar doom-laden cynicism at the heart of the Scottish psyche. Life is long and hard and filled with sin and guilt, and that’s the way it’s meant to be. Enjoy the song – or, actually, don’t enjoy the song. Just set your face against the wind and endure it.”
The band have also announced a few live dates, including an album launch in Glasgow on 2 December at McNeil’s Bar for a special festive show, as well as a headline date at The Lexington in London in February 2018.
Formed in Glasgow in 2005, The Just Joans have evolved from two-piece to a shambling sextet that embrace rivalry and relationship in the vocals of siblings,David and Katie Pope. Once described by Is This Music as, “the missing link between The Magnetic Fields and The Proclaimers”, the band have used self-awareness and self-deprecation to continuously explore themes of angst, heartbreak and detachment in their songs.
From their 2006 debut album Last Tango in Motherwell through a series of successful EPs to 2012’s compilation, Buckfast Bottles In The Rain, the acerbic wit in David Pope’s observational lyrics have helped make the band icons of the indie-pop scene and a favourite fixture at the annual Indietracks festival.
This year’s long-awaited follow-up offers more of the same cynicism, but from an older if not necessarily wiser perspective as evidenced on lead single No Longer Young Enough and You Make Me Physically Sick (Let’s Start Having Children), a jaundiced slice of toybox pop that crosses The Human League and Harold Steptoe.
Complementing this shift in tone comes a new electronic sound on tracks A Matter of Time and Someone Else That You Like More Than Me while Oh Caledoniasails along at a blistering pace like no Just Joans lament before it.
Despite the band’s obvious maturity, You Might Be Smiling Now… still manages to maintain all the emotional charm and whimsical melodies that led The List to view The Just Joans’ songs as ‘a lovable blend of sleepy acoustic guitars, Brian Wilson-esque harmonies and West Coast sarcasm.’
Discussing his band’s new album, singer-songwriter David Pope said: “You Might Be Smiling Now… could be considered a loose concept album. The songs detail the confusion in my teenage years, the horror of my twenties and the terror of my encroaching middle age. It’s somewhat self-indulgent, but I hope that these wee stories about small town boredom, drunken romance and misty-eyed nostalgia resonate with the other overgrown teenagers out there in their mid-thirties.”
The Just Joans
You Might Be Smiling Now…
1. O Caledonia
2. Steal The Keys (1996 Tears)
3. Johnny, Have You Come Lately
4. A Matter Of Time
5. You Make Me Physically Sick (Let’s Start Having Children)
6. I Only Smoke When I Drink
7. No Longer Young Enough
8. Someone Else That You Like More Than Me
9. Read In Public Places
10. Big Blue Moon
11. Biblically Speaking
12. Sleeperbloke
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