Big Joanie’s second album will arrive in November and promises to further extend the punk trio’s palette riot grrrl via alt rock into bold new directions.
The first taste of ‘Back Home’ came from its Nirvana-influenced lead single ‘Happier Still’ and new single ‘In My Arms’ marries Pixies guitar lines with Moe Tucker-style drums, ending with layers of pop flourishes moving centre stage.
Singer and guitarist Stephanie Phillips said of their latest single: “At this point, I was getting tired of living in London and dreaming about another life. It’s about knowing you should go another way in life, but you end up dreaming about the road you’ve already travelled down even though you know it won’t take you where you need to go.”
The Black feminist band, rounded out by bassist Estella Adeyeri and drummer Chardine Taylor-Stone, will close ‘Back Home’ with ‘Sainted’, which the band said was equally inspired by the sound of Hüsker Dü and the mystical sensibilities of Stevie Nicks.
Meanwhile, the album’s title references a search for a place to call home, whether real or metaphysical, according to Phillips.
“We were really ruminating on the idea of a home and what it means. It’s about the different ideas of home, whether that’s here in the UK, back in Africa or the Caribbean, or a place that doesn’t really exist; it’s neither here nor there.”
Recorded at Hermitage Works Studios in North London, ‘Back Home’ was produced and mixed by Margo Broom (Goat Girl, Fat White Family) and features violin courtesy of Charlotte Valentine of the experimental art rock project No Home.
Big Joanie will support their new album with a short UK headlining tour in 2023 that begins 6 January in Bristol and winds up in Manchester on 17 January.
‘Back Home’ is out 4 November on Daydream Library Series (UK & EU) and Kill Rock Stars (US & Rest of World).
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