Well, look who is back. Chicago’s Joan of Arc.
Back in the mid-1990s Tim Kinsella (vocals, guitar), his brother Mike Kinsella (drums), and Sam Zurick (bass) were in the emo-core band Cap’n Jazz, but when Cap’n Jazz broke up, the trio of musicians wanted to do something different sonically. So, they brought in Jeremy Boyle (keyboards, guitar) and Erik Bocek (guitar) and called the band Joan of Arc.
With a new musical direction of synths, tape loops, and weird noises, Joan Of Arc was a far cry from Cap’n Jazz. For a decade, Joan of Arc released an eclectic mix of records while bouncing around from label to label like Jade Tree and Polyvinyl. Although the band had a revolving door of members, Tim Kinsella was there to steer the ship and not give up the ghost.
Tim Kinsella, who has also been in Make Believe, Owls, and Sky Corvair, returns under the Joan Of Arc name with the obscurely titled ‘He’s Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land in His Hands.’ The album sparks the return of old friends — Bobby Burg, Theo Katsaounis, Melina Ausikaitis, and one of its earliest collaborators, Jeremy Boyle — to round out the band. The music was recorded and written by the band members and recorded in various locations around the Windy City.
The album is made up of 11 new songs full of the bells, whistles and other electronic noise makers, the band set out to incorporate so many years ago, Fans of Joan of Arc will relish this experiment in computer music, but for me, it makes me long for Kinsella in bands where he played rock & roll guitar and wrote poignant songs.