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“Back Home shows Big Joanie ready to try anything and coming up a winner each time.” - Rolling Stone Top 100 Albums of 2022
“A powerful, radical feeling of hope.” - The Guardian ****
“A ball of witchy, swirly energy." - MOJO ****
“Remarkable.” - NME ****
Championed by BBC 6Music, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and Brooklyn Vegan, Big Joanie are a UK-based Black feminist punk band who combine the fury of nineties riot grrrl with synth-heavy post punk.
Their second album ‘Back Home’ was released in November 2022, via on Thurston Moore and Eva Prinz’s record label Daydream Library Series in the UK, and on the home of riot grill label Kill Rock Stars in the US. The album ranked in Rolling Stone’s top albums of the year list, and receiving critical acclaim in the Guardian, Wire Magazine and The Quietus.
The release of ‘Back Home’ was followed by tours and numerous sold out dates in 2023 across the UK, mainland Europe, and the US, along with Glastonbury billing for the second consecutive year, and a sold out performance at the Grace Jones-curated Meltdown Festival. A revamped version of their album track ‘Today’ was released with additional vocals from indie rock icon Kim Deal (Pixies, the Breeders), and during a tour stop in Seattle the band performed a rite of passage session for KEXP. Additionally, Big Joanie’s contribution to the cannon of Black artists in alternative music was celebrated with a nomination for ‘Best Alternative Music Act’ at the MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards, in the inaugural year for that category.
‘Back Home’ was a more sonically ambitious record for Big Joanie, while remaining true to their DIY roots and the unique brand of feminist punk displayed on their debut album ’Sistahs’. The band intend to continue to push the boundaries of punk and arrive on even bigger stages in 2024.
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