Around 2015 someone told me to give a listen to a band called Joanna Gruesome. I did, and I instantly fell in love with this chaotic, gorgeous noise pop band from Wales. Their great origin story is that they formed after meeting in an anger management group. Sadly, brilliant vocalist and songwriter Alanna McArdle announced her departure from the band shortly before I was to see them in San Francisco. At last Ms. McArdle has joined a new band called Ex Vöid with Owen Williams (also from JG) as well as Laurie Foster, Kester Davies and Jon Coddington (according to Brooklyn Vegan). Ex Vöid’s first single Boyfriend pairs McArdle & Williams’ vocals with with great guitar hooks. You’ll want to listen to it over and over. They’ve got a 3-song EP on Bandcamp, and are currently on tour with Waxahatchee in the UK. Girlbandgeek says check it out!