“Some say they don’t make ‘em like they used to do but Joan Smith rocks like the old days.”
– Deli Magazine
“I have waxed poetic many times about looking for artists that embrace a true hard rock sound…having discovered The Glorious Sons, Monster Truck, and very recently, The Stanfields, as true modern day pioneers of the hard rock genre, I am delighted to acknowledge Toronto singer/songwriter Joan Smith as a very worthy addition to this list.”
– Great Dark Wonder
“Rock music is dead.”
“Guitar music is dead.”
We are at a point where these statements are being said on a daily basis in North America. So isn’t this the best time to create rock and roll? When it’s no longer popular or profitable but instead is made purely for its own sake and reptile need? Joan Smith – she of “towering pipes and a remarkable dirty guitar tone” (torontomusicreviews.com) – feels this need. Smith has spent the past decade fronting blues rock band Little Foot Long Foot – playing any stage willing to handle their volume and achieving familiarity with song placements in shows like Orange is the New Black. Recently she has been found onstage playing guitar and singing backup for Juno winning Serena Ryder as well as The Trews and even Rowdy Roddy Piper (R.I.P.).
Smith has teamed with accomplished guitar player, producer and sound maker Tom Juhas (Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt, Jadea Kelly and Ryan O’Reilly) to form the Jane Does – a female fronted dance rock machine with cutting vocals that amp up to the edge of sanity, pulsing rock beats and relentless, unpopular guitars reminiscent of Rage Against the Machine, Queens of the Stone Age and early PJ Harvey. Look for their Normalize EP, streaming everywhere.