Black Feminist Punk: Interview with Big Joanie
Jessica Quarshie: I love the fact that you’ve labelled yourself as a Black sistah feminist punk band – that’s obviously a very conscious thing to do because it points a lot of the elements that aren’t really represented in punk.
Steph: That was our aim from the beginning, because we’ve all been involved in the punk scene for a while in different ways. But there were always limitations because you’d go to all these different events and no matter what kind of person you are playing in the band, I still wouldn’t be accepted. Not as if people were throwing stones at me or anything but it was as if every other person in that band belonged and I didn’t. So we were quite determined to create that for ourselves and represent that, as to some it sounds so ridiculous that we exist because we’re such a cross section of society. People think we can’t be all of that and still be punk but we are here.