Now that it’s August, it’s officially if you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid month! On the 23rd of this month, Queen of Jeans will release their new album, and we can not wait. To tide us over until the full album drops, the Philly trio has shared the video for the album’s second single, “All The Same.” In the video, Miriam Devora serenades couples on dates and explores the experience of being tied to someone despite the dissolution of a relationship.
The Bummer Presents… benefit series has produced musical compilations that support a number of organizations working to fight injustice. In the wake of Alabama legislators voting to effectively ban abortion in the state, the latest compilation in the series will benefit Alabama charity The Yellowhammer Fund. The 19-track compilation features contributions from Philly bands Coping Skills, Big Nothing, and Queen of Jeans, who each lent an original song to the cause. Continue reading →
Philly trio Queen of Jeans just announced that their new record If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid, will be released August 23 via Topshelf Records. The lead single “Get Lost” is out now, and its accompanying video explores what it’s like when you just need to smash something with a baseball bat. Continue reading →
Currently on a lengthy US tour, Philly outfit Queen of Jeans stopped by Audiotree Live’s studios earlier this month to record a session, which is out now. The four-piece performed four songs off their recent LP Dig Yourself, which was released earlier this year, plus “Moody,” an older one off their 2016 debut EP. Continue reading →
Philly alt rock staples Circa Survive are hitting the road again this October in support of their 2017 release, The Amulet. The last time we caught them was at the Electric Factory in November with Thrice, so we haven’t had to wait long for a return. Circa just recently wrapped up an Australian/Pacific Coast tour earlier this summer, and frontman Anthony Green just ended his Avalon 10 Year Anniversary tour earlier this week. No rest for these guys, as they’re already ready to get back on the road again for most of this fall.
Though it’s been almost a year since Circa has put out any new releases, the individual band members have done anything but relax. Green released his newest solo album, Would You Still Be In Love, at the beginning of June, and was joined by Circa Survive’s Brendan Ekstrom on the Avalon Tour. Continue reading →
Philadelphia’s Queen of Jeans are always playing with the past, whether it be in their spacey reinterpretations of 60’s bubblegum or in their tastefully dated visual aesthetics. Now, in their new video for “U R My Guy” from this spring’s Dig Yourself album, the band takes aim at another nostalgic touchstone: romantic comedies. Continue reading →
The easy read on pop music in its various permutations — retro-pop, indiepop, dream pop, poised-to-go-Spotify-viral pop — is that it’s disposable. Full of nonspecific sentiment, superficial and pandering; a bad suggestion that feelings are more important than everything else we need to worry about in the world right now.
Philly’s Queen of Jeans offers a rebuttal to that take in a few ways. First, their sneaky use of tried-and-true 50s arrangements, melodies, and song structures to critically comment the latent (or overt) misoginy of music that American society teaches us is canonical. Songs deemed “classic” by older generations that actually advocated a kind of unhealthy idea of what love is and what it should be; ideas that still, unfortunately, persist in music today.
In that spirit, Queen of Jeans closed its album release party at Underground Arts last night with a rousing bit of meta-pop, “U R My Guy,” where Shangri-La’s style trio vocals are employed, but instead of fawning over some busted dude, they’re putting him in his place: “your fame is borderline” goes one lyric from band leader Miriam Devora, followed later by the backing chant “he’s so fragile when he belongs to me” care of guitarist Matheson Glass and bassist Nina Scotto. Continue reading →
Your choices are many; your excuses are few. Here are 25 concerts you could see in Philadelphia this week; enough for you to catch one per day, or for the more enterprising of you Key readers, several per day. Starting with folksinger Sam Amidon, and going up to arena pop rocker Lorde, here are our picks for the week ahead. Continue reading →
It’s a poignant statement of self-love in a time where we’re socially scrutinized more than ever, where constant connection leaves us feeling forever inadequate, where anxiety is a reigning force in our daily lives and the friendships we keep and the music we consume. Some day, decades off in the distance, a cultural historian is going to look at the landscape of the 20-teens, cluttered with dismissive gifs and judge-y Slate headlines, and they’ll put our era of world-weary sad pop into a retrospective sociological context. Or maybe not; they’ll no doubt have their own shit to deal with in the 2080s.
But in the fray of it all, Queen of Jeans’ message is simple: do what you love, love who you are. Continue reading →
Retro rocker quartet Queen of Jeans are best known for their dreamy, 60’s girl group-esque pop sound — which, for the band, can be a source of both inspiration and frustration. Sure, the sounds of the 60’s are great, but the messages of the era can seem kinda problematic in the year 2018. Queen of Jeans, understandably, doesn’t want to fall under any “girl group” generalizations — they’ve resisted the label before, instead choosing to call themselves “crockpot pop,” but on their new song “U R My Guy,” they take it to a new level.
The second single from their forthcoming debut LP Dig Yourself (the band released a self-titled EP in 2016), “U R My Guy” is upbeat and jazzy with a steady dose of the band’s signature shimmery harmonies — but underneath all that, its a cutting satirical critique of the girl group stereotype, taking all of the genre’s melodrama to a new level to get the point across. Listen close to the lyrics and you’ll see why. Continue reading →