Little Rock, Arkansas duo joan makes infectious alt-pop with lyrics that'll tug on your heartstrings and skittering throwback synthwave beats for blasting full volume on your boombox outside your crush's house John Cusack "Say Anything" style. Comprised of Alan Thomas and Steven Rutherford, the pair first met playing a show together while in different projects and became fast friends. So far, they've released three songs, "take me on," "love somebody like you," and "tokyo" to acclaim for their modern take on '80s pop and '90s R&B sound that garnered them tour support slots with Alice Merton and fellow indie pop darlings COIN.
Continuing to draw from personal experiences, no regrets but lessons learned, joan today shares the sad pop single "i loved you first." The song encapsulates everything you still want to say to your middle school first crush but couldn't until an adequate amount of self growth and reflection. Roll up the sleeves of your denim jacket and get ready to deep dive into the pool of emotions on this one.
“I went through a relationship with this girl, I thought she was the one for me. right when I started falling for her, though, she started feeling really distant," Alan says about the writing of the track. "I still had crazy feelings for her, but it turned out that she had feelings for Brandon the whole time. this one is for you, Brandon.”