Inspired by a lack of intersectionality in the U.K.'s D.I.Y. punk scene, Big Joanie formed in an effort to redress the balance. Marrying '60s girl group melodies with riot grrrl attitude, the London-based trio brought Black feminist punk to a predominantly white male arena with their 2018 debut Sistahs. In 2013, Stephanie Phillips posted an online ad seeking like-minded women to start a Black feminist punk band to bring diversity to the D.I.Y. movement. Kiera Coward-Deyell joined on bass and Chardine Taylor-Stone on drums, with Phillips taking lead guitar duties. That same year the band released their first single, "Out in the Country," It was 2016's Crooked Room, released via their own Sistah Punk Records, that revealed their development and asserted their unique character.