From the forthcoming EP “hi” out later this year alongside partner EP “bye”
“joan fuse a retro sound with modern pop sensibilities, using an infectious hook and sugary synths to give the song a bright tone, not unlike that of The 1975.” – Billboard
“If you’re looking for the 2020 version of NSYNC’s ‘Bye Bye Bye’, joan have got you covered” – DIY Mag
“80s-inspired dream-pop” – Complex UK
“… it’s no surprise that overall-wearing Arkansas band joan are very good at what they do, which is making excellent music.” – Noisey
“joan are becoming a perfect pop powerhouse…” – Dork
“sparkling synths and dreamy melodies….” – The Line of Best Fit
” signature nostalgic sound…” – PAPER
The much-loved duo from Arkansas, joan, have shared the vibey uplifting ode to realizing you’re in love with your best friend in the form of an epic bop, aptly titled “something special”. The single hits TODAY alongside the accompanying visual! The track is from “hi”, one of two upcoming EP’s (“hi” & “bye”) set to hit later this year via Photo Finish Records. Stream the single HERE, watch the visual HERE.
joan, about “something special, say, “this song makes you feel so nice, and if you disagree, we can’t be friends. sorry, but it’s true. this song started as a doobie brothers tribute song, just having some fun one day. we were just messing around with keyboard sounds and came across the chords to what are now the chorus chords. we looked at each other and said “wow this feels special, ohhh special. let’s write around that word.” and then all the sudden the lyrics to the chorus fell into place and we just got more and more excited with each minute that passed. the rest of the song just kind of worked itself out.
we’re both happily married to our wives, and both of our stories include us feeling like we connected like best friends and then realized “oh, i’m in love with my best friend, that’s so lucky.” that’s what this song is about, knowing there’s more than just a friendship there, and hoping the other person feels the same. there isn’t a feeling quite like that, feeling so deeply about someone on a friendship level and also feeling such a deeper love than friendship. we’re lucky to have both experienced that, life is good ”
joan’s new chapter ‘wave era’ will see new singles from two EPs landing on the first Thursday of each month, soundtracking the rest of 2021 with their trademark alt-pop bops, tinged with the sweetest hint of 90’s R&B influences. Titled hi and bye, joan explain “after we released “cloudy/partly cloudy”, we got straight to work, writing so many new songs. we found that the songs were naturally falling in two different camps. so, we decided rather than trying to force them to work together, it would be more interesting to release two ep’s over the course of the year. welcome to the wave era – here comes a new joan song each month through the end of the year :)”
joan (Alan Benjamin Thomas and Steven Rutherford) have spent the past few years building their musical empire, single by single, tour date by tour date, with the past two years being landmarks for them; their debut EP, 2019’s portra, and last year’s EP cloudy have been streamed well over 90 million times, with over a million listeners a month across streaming platforms.
The guys spent much of 2019 on the road with major US and international tours supporting the likes of The Aces, COIN, Bloc Party and Jeremy Zucker, as well as playing to fans across Asia with headline shows and festivals in the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong. Early 2020 saw them playing to sold out crowds across the US on their first headline tour, including having to add additional shows in LA to accommodate ticket demand. Their virtual cloudy release show in August 2020 boasted thousands of ticket sales from fans who tuned into their livestream. 2021 is going to be an incredibly exciting year for joan, they’re only just getting started.
Photo Finish Records is an independent record label boasting a diverse artist roster including alternative rock, indie pop and hip hop. The label was created and founded by Matt Galle and in 2021 will celebrate its fifteenth year of success. As the label grew and developed, Matt brought in his business partner Mike Marquis to co-run the label with him. PFR is known for developing and breaking an eclectic roster of artists such as 3OH!3, SHAED, Marian Hill, MisterWives, ROZES, The Mowgli’s, and new signings Elliot Lee, Lakeview, guardin, and joan.
SHAED’s track “Trampoline” is double platinum with over 2 billion streams worldwide, 3OH!3’s debut album “Want” is certified Gold with 3 platinum singles and over 15 million singles sold which includes collaborations with Katy Perry, Wiz Khalifa, Kid Cudi, Lil’ Jon and Ke$ha. Marian Hill’s releases including their debut album “Act One” have sold 12 million tracks making big waves with the breakthrough hit “Down” as well as successful albums from MisterWives and their gold single “Reflections”, Anthony Green, Handsome Ghost, and many others. Matt Galle and Mike Marquis are well known and respected leaders in the music industry having both been recognized in Billboard’s 40 under 40 among other accolades. The team is located in NYC and PFR is distributed through Virgin Music, Label and Artist Services.