Joan of Arc are a band from Chicago, Illinois. They began in 1995, following the break up of a former band, caP'n Jazz.
Joan of Arc are known for their use of electronics, samples, and multi-track recordings in their songs - some songs on The Gap contained over 100 tracks - although recently they have been writing in more traditional terms.
Their lyrics and cover art are considered highly conceptual and confusing. For example, the album Live in Chicago, 1999 is not a live album - it is a reference to the fact that that the band lived in Chicago in the year 1999 while the artwork throughout the booklet recreates founder of French New Wave cinema, Jean Luc Goddard's Weekend.
Singer Tim Kinsella has been the only permanent member of the group; he has also recorded as a solo artist. Other members of the band include: Sam Zurick, Mike Kinsella, Nate Kinsella, Bobby Burg, Amy Cargill, Jeremy Boyle, Ben Vida, Cale Parks, Matt Clark, Todd Mattei, etc.
Band's official website: http://www.joanfrc.com/