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Singer Alanna McCardle Leaves Joanna Gruesome

"Lately, my mental health problems have become a lot worse and I've gone through a pretty shitty time"

Welsh punk act Joanna Gruesome just released their second full-length Peanut Butter last month, but today, the band has shared the news that frontwoman Alanna McCardle is leaving the band.

In a statement posted to Facebook, McCardle said that her “mental health problems have become a lot worse” and that she “need[s] to actually take some time out to focus on some kind of ‘recovery’.” She went on to express her gratitude to “everyone who ever put up with [her] on tour, and anyone who stopped any assholes from hurting other people at our shows.”

The rest of the band will continue on an upcoming tour with Kate Stonestreet of Pennycress and Roxy Brennan of Two White Cranes and Grubs filling McCardle’s previous role. The band also shared the news that they will have a new 7″ out in the coming months. Read their statements below or over at their Facebook page.

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hey so we’ve had a line-up change and we’re super super sad to say that alanna will no longer be playing in the band.

lan joined the band after seeing us play somewhere in london years ago after our previous singer moved away, and since then has been the most amazing vocalist/person/band member/gruesome we could have ever asked for. just on like a musical level, it’s been incredible writin songs and melodies for someone with such a powerful voice to sing, and her amazin lyrics have always totally improved the aggressive sections of our music. but also in every other way, it’s been so so cool to be in a band with someone we’ve became such great friends with, someone who’s been totally unafraid to hone in on horrible jerks and someone who’s made negotiating the bullshit of music industry types fun and inspiring. it’s taught us loads, we’ve had some of the best times and we totally support her decision. she’s been an amazing person to be in a band with. we will miss her greatly.
here’s a message from her:

“Lately, my mental health problems have become a lot worse and I’ve gone through a pretty shitty time. I’ve realised I need to actually take some time out to focus on some kind of ‘recovery’, so I won’t be singing in Joanna Gruesome anymore. I hate to sound cheesy but the time I had in jgro was life-changing. I made friends with so many amazing people, had the chance to play with some of my favourite bands, went to places I’d never been before (metaphysically and geographically) and pissed off a lot of men in the process. I am really proud of everything I’ve done with the band, especially Peanut Butter, and I think we’ve made some really great records. Thanks to everyone who ever put up with me on tour, and anyone who stopped any assholes from hurting other people at our shows xo”

please check our next post for info about our new lineup, new shows/records etc

xoxoxoxoxo