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    Sistahs is the debut album of Big Joanie.[2] It was released in 2018[3] on Thurston Moore and Eva Prinz's Daydream Library Series label[4] after the two saw the band open for The Ex and discovered that the band had yet to release an album.[2]


    Sistahs holds musical footing in art punk, post-punk and "fearlessly discordant" punk rock.[1][2][4][5] It has been noted for pushing the latter genre forward.[5] However, its songs are musically eclectic and experimental, with goth, jangle pop, lo-fi and trance sounds nestled in it.[2][5]

    Leading single "Fall Asleep" is a "tough" dance-punk song that "burst[s] forth with synths and handclaps", recalling 80s and 90s sounds.[2] It also dons a "power pop base" and a "light new wave trance".[2][5] "Used To Be Friends" takes on early-80s indie pop while echoing riot grrrl.[5] "Down Down" is "sexy" surf rock with "a demented surf pop riff".[5] "How Could You Love Me" has "rolling" melodies of 50s power pop.[5]


    Professional ratings
    Aggregate scores
    Review scores
    The Guardian[1]
    Rolling Stone[4]

    Upon its release, Sistahs was welcomed with generally positive reviews from music critics. On Metacritic, it holds a score of 73 out of 100, indicating "generally favorable reviews", based on four reviews.[6]

    The Quietus called the album "a fresh and rich take on DIY punk."[2] Rolling Stone gave the album 3.5 stars and said "It's a record that’s bold, catchy and arresting."[4]


    The QuietusUKQuietus Albums Of The Year 2018

    Track listing

    All songs by Big Joanie.

    1."New Year"3:17
    2."Fall Asleep"2:56
    3."Used to Be Friends"2:08
    5."Way Out"2:08
    6."Down Down"1:24
    7."Tell a Lie"2:07
    9."It's You"2:22
    10."How Could You Love Me"3:37
    11."Cut Your Hair"4:04
    Total length:31:16


    All credits adapted from the record's Bandcamp page.[9]

    Big Joanie

    • Stephanie Phillips - vocals, guitar
    • Estella Adeyeri - bass
    • Chardine Taylor-Stone - drums

    Additional musicians


    • Margo Broom - production, recording, mixing


    1. ^ a b c Snapes, Laura (30 November 2018). "Big Joanie: Sistahs review – fearlessly discordant punk debut". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
    2. ^ a b c d e f g Steiner, Melissa Rakshana (29 November 2018). "Family Trio: Big Joanie's Sistahs". The Quietus. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
    3. ^ Moreland, Quinn (3 August 2020). "Big Joanie Cover Solange's "Cranes in the Sky": Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
    4. ^ a b c d Grow, Kory (3 December 2018). "Review: Big Joanie's Excellent Art-Punk LP 'Sistahs'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
    5. ^ a b c d e f g Eric Rosso (December 17, 2018). "Big Joanie - Sistahs". Retrieved August 13, 2021.
    6. ^ a b "Sistahs by Big Joanie Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved August 13, 2021.
    7. ^ Pelly, Jenn (17 December 2018). "Sistahs: Big Joanie". Pitchfork. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
    8. ^ Luke Turner (December 25, 2018). "Quietus Albums Of The Year 2018, In Association With Norman Records". The Quietus. Retrieved December 20, 2021.
    9. ^ "Sistahs by Big Joanie". Retrieved August 13, 2021.


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      Big Joanie is a British punk trio formed in London in 2013. Its members are Stephanie Phillips (guitar and vocals), Estella Adeyeri (bass guitar and vocals), and Chardine Taylor-Stone (drums and vocals).[1][2][5][6] After a few singles and EPs they released their first album in 2018 with Thurston Moore and Eva Prinz's Daydream Library Series, and have since signed to Kill Rock Stars in the U.S.[3][4]


      Formation and early releases

      Big Joanie was formed by Stephanie Phillips in 2013, who posted online asking for bandmates with whom to start a black feminist punk band after becoming frustrated with the lack of intersectionality in the scene. Chardine Taylor-Stone, who Phillips had met through Imkaan, and the band's original bassist Kiera Coward-Deyell responded.[7] They played their first set at the inaugural First Timers, an event where all the bands had to be new, most of the members had to be playing a new instrument and they had to include someone from a marginalised group.[5][2]

      The name of the band is partly a tribute to Phillips’ mother, Joan, and partly based on a Caribbean figure of speech. ‘When we say a child is “acting big”, they’re acting bigger than themselves. I just thought that would be a great phrase for a strong, confident woman.’[8]

      In 2014 the band released their first EP Sistah Punk on Tuff Enuff Records, and in 2016 they self released a 7" three song single entitled Crooked Room on their own Sistah Punk Records. The title track is inspired by a lecture by the writer Melissa Harris-Perry, who compared life as a black woman in a white patriarchy to trying to find a true vertical in a room where everything is crooked.[5] Another song on the release is a punk cover of No Scrubs by TLC.[6]

      Line-up change and Decolonise Fest

      Estella Adeyeri (also of Witching Waves and Charmpit) joined in 2017 to replace Coward-Deyell after she moved to Scotland. Later that year the band supported American bands Sad13 and Downtown Boys on UK tours.[2] In early 2018 they recorded their debut album with producer Margo Broom at Hermitage Works Studios.[5]

      Over the weekend of 2–4 June 2017, DIY Diaspora Punx (a collective started by Phillips and also containing other London musicians such as Rachel Aggs) put on the first Decolonise Fest at DIY Space For London. Decolonise Fest is the UK's first music festival created by and for people of colour.[9] The second edition of the festival, again mostly held at DIY Space, occurred from 22 to 24 June 2018. The festival was held for a third time over 29 to 30 June 2019, at which Big Joanie performed.

      Release of debut album

      On 5 September 2018 Big Joanie announced their debut album Sistahs would be released in late November the same year with a music video for lead single "Fall Asleep". It is the first album to be released by Ecstatic Peace Library, a publishing company ran by visual book editor Eva Prinz and musician Thurston Moore, in their Daydream Library Series.[3][10]

      Sistahs was released on 30 November to positive reviews, including in The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and The Quietus.[11][12][13]

      In November 2018 they supported American band Parquet Courts on a UK and European tour.[14] They played their first American shows in March 2019 at South by Southwest, debuting via BBC Music Introducing, and were announced in April as Bikini Kill's main support for their two European shows of the year at Brixton Academy in June.[15]

      On 26 February 2020, Big Joanie supported Sleater-Kinney alongside Harkin at the Brixton Academy.[16] Phillips cites Sleater-Kinney as having "really influenced the way I thought about writing emotional songs, and my approach to punk music".[17]

      On 14 August of that year the band released a 7" single of their cover of Solange's Cranes in the Sky with a live recording of It's You from their first album on the flip.[18] On 2 October it was announced that Big Joanie had signed in the U.S. to Portland OR based independent record label Kill Rock Stars ahead of their second album. Their first release for the label was a split with Adeyeri's other band Charmpit, which was released on 27 November of that year.[4][19]

      On 1 June 2022 Big Joanie released the single Happier Still, it was written after the release of the debut album and finished whilst they were in Austin for SXSW 2019.[20] On July 27, 2022, Pitchfork revealed that their sophomore album, titled Back Home, is set for release on November 4 of the same year.[21]

      Musical style

      On OkayAfrica, the trio were noted as one of 20 Black Punk Bands You Need To Listen To. They were also called a riot grrrl band.[22]




      • Sistah PunkTuff Enuff Records, Cassette, MP3 (2014)
      • Crooked Room – Sistah Punk Records, 7", MP3 (2016)


      Further reading


      1. ^ a b Abarbanel, Aliza (14 April 2017). "4 Queercore Bands to Listen To". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
      2. ^ a b c d e f Myers, Owen (30 October 2017). "Women of color have always had a place in punk. Big Joanie is here to remind you of that". The Fader. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
      3. ^ a b c d Clarke, Patrick (5 September 2018). "LISTEN: Big Joanie Announce Debut LP". The Quietus. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
      4. ^ a b c d Samways, Gemma (25 November 2020). "Rebel Girls: Big Joanie". DIY.
      5. ^ a b c d e "New band of the week: Big Joanie". Team Rock. 19 February 2018. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
      6. ^ a b c "Big Joanie For Fans Of: G.L.O.S.S., White Lung, The Slits". Kerrang!. London: Wasted Talent Ltd. 5 August 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
      7. ^ "Big Joanie on DIY, determination and decolonising rock: 'It's incredibly hard to be an artist right now'". The Guardian. 1 November 2022. Retrieved 1 November 2022.
      8. ^ "Making it big: Big Joanie's Steph Phillips talks about POC, feminism and offending her mum…". Metro. 15 February 2019. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
      9. ^ Phillips, Stephanie (31 July 2017). "The Bands Taking British Punk Back to Its Multicultural Roots". Noisey. Vice Media. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
      10. ^ Pelly, Jenn (7 September 2018). "Big Joanie Is One of London's Most Exciting New Punk Bands". Pitchfork. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
      11. ^ Snapes, Laura (30 November 2018). "Big Joanie: Sistahs review – fearlessly discordant punk debut". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
      12. ^ Steiner, Melissa (29 November 2018). "Family Trio: Big Joanie's Sistahs". The Quietus. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
      13. ^ Grow, Kory (3 December 2018). "Review: Big Joanie's Excellent Art-Punk LP 'Sistahs'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
      14. ^ Doyle, Emily (12 November 2018). "Review: Parquet Courts are electric at sold out Digbeth show". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
      15. ^ "Bikini Kill Reissuing Pussy Whipped, First Reunion Show is Tonight". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
      16. ^ "Sleater-Kinney + Big Joanie + Harkin". Retrieved 27 February 2020.
      17. ^ "Big Joanie's Steph Phillips picks her favourite three-piece bands". The Face. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
      18. ^ a b "Big Joanie "Cranes in the Sky" b/w "It's You" (Standard Black Vinyl)". Third Man Records. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
      19. ^ "Big Joanie Sign With Kill Rock Stars". Kill Rock Stars. 2 October 2020.
      20. ^ a b Rettig, James (1 June 2022). "Big Joanie – "Happier Still"". Stereogum. Retrieved 30 June 2022.
      21. ^ a b Minsker, Evan (27 July 2022). "Big Joanie Announce New Album Back Home, Share Video for New Song: Watch". Pitchfork. Retrieved 1 September 2022.
      22. ^ Aude Konan (8 October 2019). "20 Black Punk Bands You Need To Listen To". OkayAfrica. Retrieved 13 August 2021.

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