Sistahs

by Big Joanie

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BetoR Great hooks, melodies, vocals. Fantastic power trio, You can clearly hear every instrument. They all play off of each other with vocals and instruments. Favorite track: Down Down.
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altupliftingfan This whole album is an awesome beauty but like some of the other more complex pieces here, it's gonna take more time to really digest it , so worth it.

Fall Asleep, very high energy, could be a dance club smash hit but it's solid all the way through.

Way Out, love the far east meditation like vibe

Down Down, alluring & powerful

It's You, delightful, sassy & strong Favorite track: Fall Asleep.
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rachelcleary Fall Asleep makes me feel like I'm twirling in an 80s dance club in NYC in the best possible way. Favorite track: Fall Asleep.
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1.
New Year 03:17
It’s a new year And I’m still here It’s a new day I’ll be ok Don’t tell me to wait It’s a new year Feel no fear It’s a new time Now where’s mine Don’t tell me to wait It’s a new year My mind feels clear It’s time to say Never again Don’t tell me to wait Cause I want it now And I need it now And I’ll get it somehow Cause I need to feel ok now
2.
Fall Asleep 03:01
If I ever fall asleep Now would you wake me from the dream That’s kept my crying now for weeks If I ever fall asleep Now would you wake me from the dream That’s kept me shaking now for weeks Yeah Yeah Yeah If I ever fall asleep (I want to lay down with you) Now would you wake me from the dream That’s kept me aching now for weeks If I ever fall asleep (I want to lay down with you) Now would you wake me from the dream That’s kept me way down on my knees Yeah Yeah Yeah I’m tired. Come wake me up (I want to lay down with you)
3.
Remember when we used to be friends Oh so long ago Now you only call me to tell me that you hate me Remember when we used to be friends Remember when we stayed up all night Talking ‘bout the ones we liked No we’re both so lonely, you said you’d never hate me Remember when we stayed up all night I’d like to be friends with you but I only feel hatred Remember when we cut off our hair Didn’t care if anyone stared Can’t go back to those days, we’ll never be the same again Remember when we cut off our hair Remember when we walked down that road Found a path of our own Difference is only pleasing when you don’t know what you’re missing Remember when we walked down that road I’d like to be friends with you but I only feel hatred Remember when we used to be friends Remember me
4.
Eyes 04:16
I want him I want him now I need him I seek him I feel him I’ll find him there As time falls through the ticking clock To fast forward then it stops As time slips through the ticking clock I see your eyes Oh my these glassy, glassy eyes They cover my sight They blind me so that I cannot see These glassy, glassy eyes they cover me Walk in through the door Here’s all you’re waiting for Lift back the sheets Now where is he? Where is he? Where is he?
5.
Way Out 02:09
Crackled sun and blistered knee Waiting for the summer scene Take my hand and come with me Meet the kids out on the street I’m just looking for a way out But I can’t get over it Say I’m the nicest girl you know You don’t know how far I’d go Drown my sorrows in herbal tea Watch the static on TV I’m just waiting till I break out But I can’t get over me I’m just waiting for the break down It’s riding over me
6.
Down Down 01:24
Down Down
7.
Tell A Lie 02:07
If I’m too scared to tell a lie Cannot look you in the eye I’m too scared to tell a lie If I’m too scared to tell the truth Now what do I mean to you When I’m too scared to tell the truth You tell me What you see If I try to tell a lie But you see it in my eyes That I can’t form a lie If I think about what is true And what I cannot do My words won’t reach the room You tell me What you see If I get caught out in a lie Have to face my own demise Oh i didn’t wanna lie If i dare misspeak the truth What am i gonna do Let my words divide the room You tell me What you see I can’t face What I did
8.
Token 03:04
All of my friends are white Don’t think it really matters anyway All of my friends are rich Don’t think it really matters anyway But you, you’re different And you, you’re special All of my friends tell lies Don’t think it really matters anyway All of my friends take drugs Don’t think it really matters anyway But you, you’re different And you, you’re special All of my friends are white Don’t think it really matters anyway But you, you’re different And you, you’re special
9.
It's You 02:21
Ready for bed and I don't sleep I'm tired and bored and I don't sleep Ready for bed and I don't sleep I'm bored of it, you never please me It's you, not me Ready for bed and I don't sleep I'm tired and bored and I don't sleep Ready for bed and I don't sleep I'm bored of this, you never please me It's you, not me Ready for bed and I don't sleep I'm tired and bored and I don't sleep Ready for bed and I don't sleep I'm bored of you, you never please me It's you, not me
10.
How, how, how could you love me When, you don’t know what you want Listen baby, let’s break it down here I want our love to last for years and years But the things you do bring tears to my eyes After I cry, I sit down and I say How, how, how could you love me When, you don’t know what you want He says that he loves me but I don’t know how He puts me through hour after hour after hour He thinks I’m a joke, well he can go choke ‘Cause there’s no way that he can truly love me How, how, how could you love me When, you don’t know what you want
11.
I cut your hair Every whisper of every hair Dust the strands from your shoulders Hold you up make you stand taller I cut your hair Little here and little there Put your trust in my hands we’ll Make you look how you should stand now You think that I’m not here Though I’ve been here for years Watching you silently Loving you faithfully And I prepare For a world where you’re not there Collect the strands that fell right from you Hold them tight wish i could breathe you You think that I’m not here Though I’ve been here for years Watching you silently Loving you faithfully Darling please stay close here Darling please make it clear That you won’t go changing That you’ll love me till the end

about

Big Joanie are Stephanie Phillips (singer/guitarist), Estella Adeyeri (bass) and Chardine Taylor-Stone (drums). The band formed in 2013 and released their first EP ‘Sistah Punk’ in 2014 and the single ‘Crooked Room’ in 2016.

As part of London’s thriving DIY punk scene Big Joanie have played with locals Shopping; toured with US punks Downtown Boys; and Dutch Punk band The Ex; and performed at the first UK Afropunk festival.

Inspired by The Ronettes, Nirvana, Breeders and Jesus and Mary Chain, Big Joanie have described themselves as being “similar to The Ronettes filtered through ’80s DIY and Riot Grrrl with a sprinkling of dashikis.”

Big Joanie recorded ‘Sistahs’ over several sessions from November 2017 to January 2018 at Hermitage Works Studio with producer Margo Broom. The album title derives from the band’s belief in sisterhood and female friendship. One of the main reasons for coming together was to create an atmosphere to be “completely ourselves as black women and discover what was possible to realise in those spaces.”

The album cover features Steph’s mum Joan, whom the band is named after, and her aunt on holiday in Wales. Outside of the band all three members are involved in communitarian activities whether running the festival for punks of colour Decolonise Fest, volunteering at Girls Rock Camp, or leading the Stop Rainbow Racism campaign which works to stop racist performances in LGBT venues.

The Daydream Library Series of records and tapes is the independent house label of Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and Eva Prinz’s publishing imprint Ecstatic Peace Library.

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released November 30, 2018

Big Joanie are Stephanie Phillips (singer/guitarist), Estella Adeyeri (bass) and Chardine Taylor-Stone (drums).
All songs written by Big Joanie.
Recorded and mixed at Hermitage Works Studios by Margo Broom in November 2017 - January 2018.
Producer: Margo Broom
Wurlitzer on Cut Your Hair: Seth Evans

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