Review: Queen of Jeans – Queen of Jeans

qoj_rollerdykeMuch has been made of Philadelphia wunderkinds Queen of Jeans since they emerged last October with their wallflower-shaming first single, “Dance (Get Off Your Ass).” Layering the Paris Sisters in attitude and reverb, the quartet of Miriam Devora, Matheson Glass, Nina Scotto and Patrick Wall then issued “Rollerdyke,” a cooing taunt delivered at breakneck speed, keeping fans on their toes, wanting more.

The wait is over, thanks to the band’s self-titled EP. Featuring the aforementioned singles, Queen of Jeans shows there is more to the upstart group than ’60s harmonies and pop hooks.

I think before i walked around with closed eyes
Hid behind every wall, waited inside
Now there are no reasons to run or disguise
How i am around you

Shedding any retro trappings, the denim-clad quartet brush off its initial bravado, unmasking insecurities and hidden feelings on the soaring “Pup” and the guilt trip of “Won’t You,” its chorus of sirens riding an ethereal groove. Turning a mirror on narcissism with the chiding gallop of “Moody,” the wishful “Waffles & Mad Men,” with its December to May romantic leaning, closes out Queen of Jeans on a long slow dance.

Versed in all things rock and pop, Queen of Jeans exude both style and substance on this debut outing. A fresh voice beaming above the din of mediocrity, Queen of Jeans take something borrowed and something blue, turning out something wholly new.

Queen of Jeans will be playing a record release show on Saturday 30 January at Philadelphia’s Kung Fu Necktie. Get tickets here.

Watch the video for “Dance (Get Off Your Ass)” and stream/purchase the Queen of Jeans EP below. Purchase the single on hand-cut 7″ vinyl via Third Uncle Records and the EP on cassette from Super Fan 99 Records.

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