Thursday 5 April 2012

...Queen Jane!

Time for another exciting, young band to make your acquaintance.  Chances are though, you may already be familiar with Queen Jane thanks to their Confetti EP which they released for free last year.  Either way, you'll be hearing a lot more from this four-piece from the outskirts of Glasgow.  Earlier this year they brought out their follow-up Denver EP which has been racking up acclaim ever since.  I caught up with guitarist Chris Harvie and asked him the usual Introducing... questions.  Here's what he had to say.   

Kowalskiy: Who are Queen Jane?
Chris: We're four mates hailing from the glorious sunshine state of Cumbernauld that are trying to spread the new-town joy upon anyone who's willing to listen.

Kowalskiy: How would you describe 'your sound'?
Chris: People seem to say different things every time we get drunken post-gig feedback, but the most common comparisons seem to be bands like The Maccabees and Bombay Bicycle Club but with a slightly heavier tinge. Generally it's a mix of guitar effects, reverbed vocals, a newly introduced synth and we're working our way up to having a samba-section at our disposal. That's the dream. As it's recently been summery in Cumbernauld of all places, a lot of people were listening to the EP and commenting on its summery connotations especially on the first track, 'Those Summers'.

Kowalskiy: PLUG AWAY!!!
Chris: People can listen to the new EP, Denver, on Bandcamp (and even download it for £2 if you're feeling so generous), and keep up to date with our inane cat-related banter on Facebook. Also, we're playing a few gigs with some lovely people soon on April 7th at The 13th Note as part of a Flowers In The Dustbin showcase and another on the 17th of June at The Captain's Rest hosted by the beautiful Scottish Fiction.

Kowalskiy: What else can we expect from Queen Jane in the future?
Chris: Once the overwhelming response from the new EP dies down a bit then we're hoping to get back into the studio later this year to record a mini-album. We're hoping that it'll be more polished re-recordings of old songs with a few new ones thrown in for good measure. Until then we're taking it as it comes, organising our own gigs with bands we love.

It might take a while for that overwhelming response to die down.  Before it does, have a listen to the EP above and if it tickles your fancy, get your pennies out!

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