2014 Artist Survey: Joanna Gruesome

Alanna McArdle, Max Warren, and Owen Williams on 2014's Best Albums, Common Criticisms, and Fan Interactions

Jan 07, 2015 Web Exclusive
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For Under the Radar's 12th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2014. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2014 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions.

Check out our Best of 2014 print and digital issues for answers from alt-J, Camera Obscura, Chromeo, The Dears, Death From Above 1979, Deerhoof, The Drums, The Flaming Lips, Glass Animals, Hookworms, Sondre Lerche, of Montreal, Ought, Owen Pallett, The Rosebuds, Strand of Oaks, Teleman, Sharon Van Etten, The War on Drugs, Warpaint, Woman's Hour, Wye Oak, Zola Jesus, and others.

Here are some answers from Joanna Gruesome.

Top 10 Albums of 2014

In no order: 

1. Martha: Courting Strong
2. Chain & The Gang: Minimum Rock N Roll
3. Priests: Bodies and Control and Money and Power
4. Dean Blunt: Black Metal
5. Hookworms: The Hum
6. Perfect Pussy: Say Yes to Love 
7. Frankie Cosmos: Zentropy 
8. Joyce Manor: Never Hungover Again
9. Radiator Hospital: Torch Song 
10. Perfume Genius: Too Bright 

Which common criticism of your music do you most agree with?

Alanna McArdle: A tweet that said, "She has no stage presence and looks like a leaf blowing in the wind."

Who from your youth (such as a former bully, an unrequited love) do you most hope pays attention to the fact that you're now a successful musician?

Max Warren: I actually love all of my haters. 

In which instance did you most sell out and compromise your music?

Owen Williams: Our label guy bought me a pie. 

What's the most uplifting or heartwarming fan interaction you've ever had?

Alanna: A tweet that said, "She has no stage presence and looks like a leaf blowing in the wind."

What quirky piece of band merchandise would you most like to produce for sale to your fans?

Owen: Horrible smelly masks.




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