Big Joanie connects with Breeders frontwoman and former Pixies member Kim Deal on the deluxe version of “Today.” Stephanie Phillips pleads for clarity from a lover who leaves her uncertain in the midst of warm droning guitars. The trio plus Deal sets a mood of impending heartbreak that sounds like a ’90s raw alternative rock demo. Phillips explains,
“We are immensely proud to announce our new version of ‘Today’ featuring Kim Deal. Whether through Pixies, Breeders, or her solo work, Kim has been a vital influence on us as a band and we’re so happy that she’s become part of the Big Joanie world. Originally this was a song we were working on years ago that Chardine was going to sing on. I found the old demo while we were on tour and started writing new lyrics to the music with my laptop balanced on my lap in the tour van. I really love that it sounds like a classic C86 type lo-fi indie song.”
Big Joanie’s Back Home came out last year on the Kill Rock Stars imprint. They will be on stage in Brooklyn and Chicago this week before heading to Europe and then coming back to the US for the Ohana Festival. The collaboration with Kim Deal on “Today” represents the past, present and future of women in rock. The only thing missing is a video with the four of them which will hopefully be their next move.