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  • PUBLISHED Feb 02, 2011


    Feb 02 2011

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Described by Joan Wasser as "punk rock R&B" and "American soul music," Joan as Police Woman combine two of the biggest influences on her music: classic soul such as Al Green and Nina Simone and the rougher, experimental sounds of Sonic Youth and Bad Brains. The mix never sounds contrived, thanks to the intuitive interplay of Wasser's vocals, violins, and guitar, Rainy Orteca's bass, and Ben Perowsky's percussion.
Along with working as a violinist for hire with artists as diverse as Sheryl Crow, Hal Willner, Rufus Wainwright, and Antony and the Johnsons, Wasser developed her own songwriting, and formed Joan as Police Woman in 2002. She met Perowsky during his stint as drummer for Elysian Fields; like Wasser, he collaborated with many forward-thinking artists, including John Cale, John Zorn, and Roy Ayers. Similarly, Orteca (who is also a writer, editor, and graphic designer) has worked with many of New York City's finest, ranging from Antony and the Johnsons to Sarah Silverman to White Magic. Joan as Police Woman released their first single, My Gurl, early in 2003, and self-released the Joan as Police Woman EP in 2004. The group signed to the British label Reveal, which issued their full-length debut, Real Life, in summer 2006, along with the Eternal Flame, Christobel, and The Ride singles. Real Life was released in the U.S. in summer 2007. To Survive, which featured a cameo by Rufus Wainwright, followed in 2008.


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