RIYL: Tape Waves, Cherry Glazerr, Cape Dory-era Tennis
Label: Super Fan 99
Phildelphia’s Queen of Jeans make the kind of sweet, surf-sprayed dream-pop that make you wish summer wasn’t so far away. Lush production and dreamlike vocals are both in full effect in this excellent six-song debut. This is a split release between Super Fan 99 in the U.K. and Third Uncle Records in the U.S., but Third Uncle only has a limited 7″ single, not the full album (check that out here). So if you want the super-cool mirror cassette you’ll have to spring for overseas shipping if you live in the U.S.
RELEASE DATE: 22.01.16
FORMAT: SILVER MIRROR CASSETTE X 25
1. Dance (Get Off Your Ass)
4. Wonâ€™t You
6. Waffles & Mad Men
Philadelphiaâ€™s Queen of Jeans have been friends since they were teens but it was only after making a pact at a new years eve party last December that the band was born. Dance was their first calling card to the world that soon got blogs sitting up straight and taking note. The close bond between Miriam, Nina and Matheson shines through with their vocal harmonies and intuitive effortless playing. Super Fanâ€™s initial comparison was with girl groups of the sixties but their first EP has darker corners too reminiscent of Warpaint or Sharon Van Etten and we canâ€™t wait for the world to hear it.
Self-described as â€śa never ending sleepover with slapstick fighting to bootâ€ť their shared love of 90s pop groups and movies bleeds through their sound. Itâ€™s almost as if they were pulled right off the stage of The Bronze in an episode of Buffy. Echo heavy guitars are serenaded by sweet three part vocals that transport you to 60s and back inside four minutes. Rather than be a pastiche of the old there is something much more contemporary about their songs. Oh, and did we mention they love denim?
Singer Miriam describes their Philly home;
â€śIn winter months, we usually keep warm at our favorite local pub, Lucky 13. Sometimes if we annoy him enough, the owner Clark will play our songs in the bar.â€ť
The self-titled six track EP is released on limited silver mirror cassette with art by Steve Arnold. The first 20 copies come complete with hand written thank you notes from the band and download copy.
â€śMiriam Devora, Matheson Glass and Nina Scotto mix vocal melodies with scruffy garage rock, kicking a hole in Phil Spectorâ€™s â€śWall of Sound,â€ť albeit with Chuck Taylors rather than high heels.â€ś BUCKET FULL OF NAILS
â€śIn 2015 it takes love and attention to detail to make something this faithful to vintage inspirations sound really inspiredâ€ť SOUNDFRIEND
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