London’s black feminist punk band Big Joanie have released a new one-off single, “Happier Still“ on Kill Rock Stars (US) and Daydream Library Series (UK). Arriving alongside an official video filmed by Curtis Lewis and edited by Madelaine Burton, singer and guitarist Stephanie Phillips had this to say about ‘Happier Still’: “I started writing Happier Still after our first album came out in late 2018 and finished writing it while we were in Austin for SXSW 2019. This song is about wanting to break out of a depression and pushing yourself to feel better. I like the idea of chanting “I’ll feel fine” and then hoping that will eventually turn things around.” The new track follows the band’s 2020 single “Cranes in the Sky“, a cover of Solange Knowles released on Jack White’s Third Man Records.
Big Joanie are on a mission to bring their unique feminist punk chops to stages and fans across the globe! Championed by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Consequence, Afropunk, BrooklynVegan and more, the band combines the fury of nineties riot grrrl with synth-heavy post punk. Following their 2018 debut album Sistahs on Thurston Moore and Eva Prinz‘s label Daydream Library Series, the band secured a coveted run of support slots playing with Bikini Kill, Gossip, Sleater-Kinney and IDLES in the UK. “Happier Still“ teases a new album to come!
The new single continues on from an exciting first half of 2022, including a full UK tour with IDLES and Jehnny Beth, four performances at SXSW and a coveted slot at BBC 6Music Festival. The band will also make appearances at Grace Jones’ Meltdown + Glastonbury followed by a slew of tour dates supporting St. Vincent in the UK.
Additionally, Big Joanie will be featured on a Sleater-Kinney covers album celebrating the 25th anniversary of their 1997 album Dig Me Out, appearing alongside St. Vincent, Wilco, Courtney Barnett, Low, the Linda Lindas and TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to SMYRC, a Portland-based LGBTQIA+ youth center.
Big Joanie Tour Dates 2022
6/1: Düdingen, Switzerland @ Bad Bonn Kilbi Festival 2022
6/11: Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
6/15: London, UK @ Grace Jones’ Meltdown @ Purcell Room
6/23-26: Glastonbury @ The Park Stage
6/28: Edinburgh, UK @ Usher Hall §
6/29: London, UK @ Eventim Apollo Hammersmith §
6/30: Bexhill On Sea, UK @ De La Warr Pavilion §
7/31: Camp & Furnace @ Liverpool International Festival
8/20: St Malo, France @ La Route Du Rock Festival
8/28: Kettering, UK @ Greenbelt Festival
9/17: Leicester, UK @ O2 Academy
§ supporting St Vincent
Big Joanie is:
Stephanie Phillips – singer and guitarist
Estella Adeyeri – bass and backing vocals
Chardine Taylor-Stone – drums and backing vocals