Joanna Gruesome at Big Takeover (print)

JG are a bunch of hardcore kids who grew up and decided to play indie pop. That might be an overly simplistic description, but sonically its pretty accurate. Their tracks on this split, the Gruesomes’ first post-Werid Sister release, finds them toning down their aggressive side and focusing more on the sugarysweetness with bubbly, hook-laden tracks such as “Jerome (Liar).” TF are a good companion, sharing a similar musical style but with enough distinction so they don’t run together completely. Their first two tracks are a bit more of a straightforward mid-tempo rock ’n’ roll than the Gruesomes, the closing “No Pressure” is a sweet melancholic pop ballad.