new music: london-based trio big joanie takes an avant-garde approach to punk rock on newest release, ‘crooked room’

June 7, 2016

Distorted, experimental, and fanciful—Big Joanie’s ‘Crooked Room’ is nearly impossible to label. It’s a paradoxically clean de-construction, in a way, of punk rock that fuses theatrical lounge music with lo-fi experimentation and a slightly sinister bass line that confuses before making all the sense in the world. And, interestingly enough, the song was initially inspired by a talk given by writer/professor/intellectual Melissa Harris-Perry on the intersectionality of black female identities and the ways in which we maneuver through society. Message with a totally unique execution. Listen to ‘Crooked Room’, down below.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Album Artwork by Rudy Lowe

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