Track of the Day: Big Joanie “Fall Asleep” (2018)

“Fall Asleep” is the latest single from London’s Big Joanie, and the first taste of their forthcoming debut album Sistahs, which will be released next month via Thurston Moore’s brand new record label, The Daydream Library Series.

Big Joanie, a black feminist punk band, were formed in 2013 out a frustration at the lack of intersectionality within the local punk scene. Based in London, the band have released an EP Sister Punk in 2014, and the 3 track single “Crooked Room” in 2016. They’ve also caught the attention of Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, with their forthcoming debut album the first release from the Daydream Library Series from Eva Prinz and Moore’s publishing house Ecstatic Peace Library.

Four years in, the band have also managed to establish themselves within the local scene, supporting the likes of Downtown Boys and The Ex on UK tours. True to their founding principles, the band are also one of the organisers behind London’s Decolonise Festival, an annual festival of music, art and workshops by and for people (punks) of colour. They’re also actively involved with Girls Rock London, and the Stop Rainbow Racism campaign. 

“Fall Asleep” is a hell of an introduction to the forthcoming album. Simply put, it is badass. With its blend of synths, slashing guitars and handclaps, its punk but with just that extra little shot of disco or dance. It’s also a complete ear worm. I’ve given it more than a few spins over the last couple of days, and it just doesn’t seem to get old. “Fall Asleep” is taut, riotous and more than a little empowering thanks to its message of community and friendship. Roll on November, and the release of Sistahs, I say.

“Fall Asleep” is available for download now. The band’s debut album Sistahs is available November 30th through The Daydream Library Series – you can preorder it HERE. If you’re in the UK you can catch the band live at The Green Door Store in Brighton this Friday night for FemRock.

Header Photo by Ellie Smith Photography

Simon Clark

Books Editor. An admirer of songs and reader of books. Simon has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. All errant apostrophes are his own.