They got their name by putting a feminist spin on an uber-masculine piece of South Philly signage. They write pointed fuzz-rock songs punctuated by hooky melodies and retro-pop harmonies, washed in a dreamy soundscape. They’re Queen of Jeans, and they’re a band that needs to be on your radar.
There’s been a praise chorus surrounding this Philadelphia four-piece since it emerged last summer, and rightfully so. Their music is catchy, clever and infectious, from the brilliant, Belle & Sebastian-esque “Dance (Get Off Your Ass)” – which has a certain effect on listeners that this music video doesn’t exaggerate – to the punk rock badassery of “Rollerdyke.” The players are no joke, either: though this band is new, singer-guitarist Miriam Devora hails from psych outfit The Interest Group while lead guitarist Matheson Glass was a longtime member of Work Drugs. Joining them are Nina Scotto on bass and Patrick Wall on drums, and their musicianship is tight and locked in, as you hear when they play live for us in this week’s Key Studio Session.
“Clever Hands” gets its debut in this session, and it’s an expressive midtempo jog steeped in confidence and self-assurance: “I’m your queen / what I say is always what I mean.” Also in the mix, is the breezy doo-wop “More to Love,” the slow burn of “Moody” and the two singles that we already know and love.
Listen to the session, download it for free at our Soundcloud page and catch the band live at one of their two shows this month. Tomorrow night, they open up the show at Jump Philly’s Red Bull Sound Select party in The Foundry at The Fillmore, and then on the 30th, they headline Kung Fu Necktie to celebrate the release of their self-titled EP on Third Uncle Records.
Queen of Jeans, The Key Studio Sessions