When emocore band Cap'n Jazz broke up in 1995, singer/guitarist Tim Kinsella, drummer Mike Kinsella, and bassist Sam Zurick decided to change musical directions. The trio teamed up with keyboardist/guitarist Jeremy Boyle and guitarist Eric Bocek in the summer of 1996, removing the boundaries and structures of punk and including more experimental elements like tape loops and electronics.
Calling themselves Joan of Arc, the group went on to record a string of albums whose progressive sound has appealed to emo and post-rock fans alike. From their first 7" single, Method & Sentiment
, to 2006's Eventually, All at Once
(which the band describes as a "casual folk-drone record"), Joan of Arc continues to produce challenging music with oblique lyrics, off-beat percussion, and the frequent use of samples.