Joan as Police Woman has been as restless as ever since her last sold-out Australian tour in 2011, so she’s back in Newcastle for a show at Lizotte’s on July 1st.
The many sides of Joan Wasser will be on full display when she comes to Newcastle. Her return to the studio to create her most striking LP yet, The Classic has had critics and fans alike united in their praise of an album that one scribe said was best experienced with lights out, eyes closed, headphones on.
American Wasser made her mark with indie outfit the Dambuilders, and worked with Antony Hegarty and the late Lou Reed, among others, before embarking on a solo odyssey that stretches back to 2006’s Real Life. When asked about her new record, she admits: “I’m in the best place I’ve ever been in my life.” And for anyone who knows the woman and her work, that’s not a statement she makes lightly.
During The Classic, Joan celebrates her lust for music. She even channels Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, along with Motown’s great girl groups, during the album’s title track, one of its many standouts. Joan as the new queen of doo-wop — who’d have thought? The album ends with a surprisingly gentle island sway, courtesy of the reggae-flavoured Ask Me, a song Joan describes as “the chocolate mousse at the end of the meal.” That would be a four-stars-in-Rolling-Stone / likely album of the year type meal, by the way.
Joan As Police Woman’s new album The Classic is out now via Australia and you can contact the venue for more information about the show at Lizotte’s on July 1.