Boomkat Product Review:
Dead smart, grooving Riot Grrrl songs from Big Joanie, three punx from London and the British Midlands, debuting with their Thurston Moore-produced ‘Sistahs’ on The Daydream Library Series ov Ecstatic Peace
With only a 7”, a tape, and a few compilation appearances to their name since foreign in 2013, Big Joanie arrive fully formed on ’Sistahs’ after cutting their teeth on the live circuit, including tours with Shopping, Downtown Boys, and The Ex, and a performance at the first UK Afropunk festival.
Taking cues from The Ronettes, Nirvana, Breeders and Jesus and Mary Chain, they trio have distilled a highly charming style of songcraft in ’Sistahs’ that’s punk by association and intent, but doesn’t resort to the genre’s more hackneyed troops. Instead, Big Joanie songs are plaintively emotive, vigorously grooving and cool headed - not lairy or unknowingly riddled with cliche, as we find so much music that calls itself “punk”.
If you want to know what we’re on about, run straight to the Italo bass-charged velocity and effortless vocal harmonies of ‘Fall Asleep’, then make some room to dance along to the swerving ‘Eyes’, and before you know it, you’ll be singing along to the pop immediacy of ‘How Could You Love Me’, and ready to do it all again.
This one’s a doozy.