JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN
TONY ALLEN | DAVE OKUMU
New single & video – Get My Bearings (ft. Damon Albarn)”
Directed by Matt Weiner (creator of Mad Men & co-writer of The Sopranos) + Grammy Session
UK Tour + Alexandra Palace Theatre + All Points East
THE SOLUTION IS RESTLESS is a joint album written and recorded by Joan As Police Woman, Dave Okumu of The Invisible and legendary drummer Tony Allen shortly before he passed away.
Joan Wasser on the new single: “‘Get My Bearings’, a duet with Damon Albarn, was written shortly after Tony’s death. It’s an evocation of the incredibly thin membrane between life and death. The idea of “mysticism” is the only way to describe it. My intellect cannot place death. It’s what floats beyond where the music resides.”
A truly magical ensemble that hooks you immediately, the tender atmosphere shuffles, builds, progresses and the delicate vocal notes and stirring keys all collide with the mighty percussive elements.
oan on the new video: “When Matt Weiner and I met he simply told me he was a writer. I had no idea he was also the creator of MadMen and wrote half of the Sopranos! No surprise then that being directed by him was the easiest thing I’ve ever done.
“The idea for the video for “Get My Bearings” is best captured in Matt’s words: “The song has its own story but it was hard to ignore its origins in the time of the lock down. The video call seemed to capture the particular isolation and disorientation we experienced at that moment while giving us a chance to emotionally illustrate what Joan is saying poetically about the need and the hope of ‘getting her bearings’ and finding the way to go on.”
She adds, “This was one of the first songs I wrote after lockdown happened. I lost a very close person to Covid in early April 2020 and was feeling incredibly distraught. Listening to the tracks I had improvised with Tony Allen and Dave Okumu provided some solace. I had just begun composing when I got the call about Tony‘s passing. The feeling was complete overwhelm. The first lyric of the song is “what will you do for the rest of your day, for the rest of your life, you don’t know the sun will rise tomorrow”; meaning the sun will rise but you may not be here to see it. It felt more important than ever to make the most of every moment. Because I had met Tony through Damon Albarn, I asked him if he wanted to sing on it and he agreed straight away saying “absolutely anything for Tony.”
Joan As Police Woman are are currently on a two month tour of Europe, they arrive in the UK on March 29th for a soon to be sold out run of dates starting with a show at London’s Union Chapel.
Due to overwhelming demand an extra London show has been added on June 15th at the Alexandra Palace Theatre – full tour dates below..
Joan: “It feels incredibly special to be playing music right now. For many folks our show is the first live music they’ve seen in a couple of years. The excitement level both onstage and in the venue is palpable.”
In addition to the headline shows Joan As Police Woman has been confirmed for All Points East in London on Sunday August 28th alongside Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Michael Kiwanuka, Aldous Harding and more.
Lives dates + tickets HERE
29th March – Union Chapel, London
30th March – St George’s Church, Brighton
31st March – Komedia, Bath
1st April – Junction, Cambridge
3rd April – The Wardrobe, Leeds
4th April – King Tuts, Glasgow
5th April – The Black Box, Belfast
7th April – Róisín Dubh, Galway
8th April – Dolans Warehouse, Limerick
9th April – St. Lukes, Cork
10th April – Pepper Canister Church, Dublin
11th April – Pepper Canister Church, Dublin
15th June – Alexandra Palace Theatre, London
22nd June – Summerhall, Edinburgh
23rd June – Gardyne Theatre, Dundee
24th June – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
26th June – Wylam Brewery Tap, Newcastle
28th June – Band On The Wall, Manchester
29th August – All Points East Festival, London