Thursday, 3 January 2019

Big Joanie - February show announced!

Upset The Rhythm presents…


Friday 15 February
HQI, The Rotunda, Wood Lane, White City Place, London, W12 7TP
(3 min walk from White City tube up Wood Lane. Off the Main Street behind the green gates)
7.30pm | £7 |

BIG JOANIE are a black feminist punk band. They're like The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and riot grrrl, with a sprinkling of dashikis. Big Joanie formed in the summer of 2013 to play at First Timers (a gig where every band plays their set for the first time) at the close of the year. In 2014 they self-released their 4-track EP 'Sistah Punk', and in the years following went on to tour the UK and Europe supporting acts such as The Ex, Parquet Courts, Downtown Boys, Shopping and more. In November 2018 they released their debut album 'Sistahs,' a bold record covering topics of friendship, frustration, resistance and sisterhood. Big Joanie formed not only to make music, but to create a continuum for punks of colour by paying homage to their forebears. By presenting a powerful vision of black womanhood they hope to encourage young punks of colour to get involved in making music and claiming their space in the scene. And with the release of 'Sistahs', acclaimed by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and more, Big Joanie are set to spread their mission even further.

SECRET POWER are Jessica Ashman (guitar and vocals), Peter Lam (drums) and Summer Scott (keyboard and vocals). Combining a love of post-punk with R&B girl group harmonies, lots of reverb and wavy alt soul, the group have been quietly but assuredly making themselves known in the D.I.Y punk scene of London for the past year. The group’s incarnation came out of the First Timers scene of D.I.Y Space For London in 2017 and started with a duo. After a few Facebook shout-outs, the group re-formed with new members and became a trio. Since then, Secret Power have been playing in and around London and Brighton, playing events such as Decolonise Fest 2018 and Synth Punk Fest 2018. Secret Power will be releasing their debut self-titled EP in February 2019, with For The Sake of Tapes, as well as supporting Big Joanie on their upcoming UK tour.


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