Lead singer and co-founder of original post-punkers Maximum Joy, Janine Rainforth has made a welcome return to performing her music after an absence of more than two decades.
“… only Maximum Joy had Janine Rainforth, who played violin and clarinet, and gave them a voice that suggests a more generous comparison, like one of the Slits backed by the Gang of Four.” - Tom Hull (Recycled Goods)
“Rainforth has a smooth, even alto, that probably would have been singing British prog-folk 10 years earlier and trip-hop 10 years later” - Joe Tangari (Pitchfork)
“While their compatriots may have generated more attention, the rather more subtle Maximum Joy have perhaps worn rather more well. Janine Rainforth’s vision and vocals at this distance sets them apart, and maybe provide a more recognisable link to the leading players of the ‘90s Bristol creative renaissance.” - John Carney (Tangents)
Now performing under the name Rainforth, she has been busy devising and constructing new solo work in and around her home studio based in east London, and has an album worth of material set for release, she says ‘My new material is definitely not a re-run of Maximum Joy but the same exploratory ethos remains strong in this work.” She describes this new batch of music as ‘ballads with beats, soundscapes within a song.’
“New stuff rox” – Mark Stewart (The Pop Group)
The first tracks for official release on her own label, London Field Recordings, are "Rumination of Us" and "Have Brave Heart" as a limited edition CD-single and digital download – the CD and download are available for pre-order/purchase now from the Rainforth website. The tracks are devised and constructed solely by Rainforth, post-produced by Rainforth and Dave McEwen, and mastered by Noel Summerville. The video to "Rumination of Us" was shot in east London.
Rainforth is performing her new music live now, one of the first airings of it supporting The Pop Group at the final gig of their recent sell out UK tour, at Islington Assembly Rooms, October ’14.