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14 May 2019



Her funky gold violin was nowhere to be seen or heard all night, but Joan As Police Woman with pink Telecaster in hand captivated the audience all the same.

On the penultimate performance of her Australian tour, Joan had an intimate gathering at Canberra’s Street Theatre entranced as her beautiful voice permeated the venue. She headed to Lizotte’s in Newcastle the next day for the final show.

There is something about the creativity of Joan As Police Woman songs. They are different. Refreshingly different. Lyrically strong and melodically adventurous, changing direction when least expected.

Joan As Police Woman – Joan Wasser being the front woman – present an almost genre-crossing mix of music that is hard to define. It is soul, it’s funk, it’s rock, it’s punk. Most of all it’s poetic.

A good chunk of the setlist was from her new album Damned Devotion – a brilliant work of art. There was also a handful of tasty songs from her back catalogue as well as new material she had not performed before the Australian tour.

A strong band of excellent musicians make up the quartet that is Joan As Police Woman; three guys keeping up with their leader’s talent, offering not only precision instrumentation but also sweet harmonies to Joan’s mesmerising singing – which is sometimes sublime falsetto.

Joan switched between her electric guitar and her keyboard throughout the show. A classically trained musician, she often picks up a violin for a song or two. Not this night. But it didn’t matter. She was all class.

The show-stopper – literally, as it was the final encore song – was an incredibly sultry, sex-charged cover of Prince’s Kiss. Wow! What a version.



Published: 14 May 2019