Big Joanie are creating a buzz thanks to their talent, engaging live shows and powerful politics. The three-piece have been going for five years after meeting at the First Timers project, aiming to increase diversity in London’s thriving DIY punk scene.
The band are labelled as a black feminist punk, they told Gal Dem, “We labelled ourselves a black feminist punk band because there wasn’t a black feminist punk band. There were black women in bands, they very rarely identified as feminist and even after that they very rarely acknowledged their race. So, I guess we just wanted to make sure that in this scene, people were seeing black women on stage.”
Big Joanie are here to make a statement on what it means to be black women in modern Britain. Drummer Chardine Taylor-Stone recently spoke at TEDxTottenham about how Punk made her a black feminist and affected her life.
Big Joanie draw on a variety of musical influences, you only need to listen to the original and unashamedly British cover of TLC’s ‘No Scrubs’ to get a sense of where this band came from and their potential. Big Joanie are one of the most unique acts on the British punk scene at the moment and their live shows are not to be missed.
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