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Jamaican Queens=Cool Kids of the Music Scene

By Alexis Simpson

Detroit’s own Jamaican Queens are making waves with popular media publications. This month, Spinner made “Kids Get Away” their “Video of the Day” and Nylon Magazine interviewed them. The Nylon interview mentions that the group is currently on tour and will attend Austin’s SXSW. Their next performance in Michigan is at Pontiac’s Crofoot with Big Freedia and Tunde Olaniran. We plan on attending to review the show and take photos. Can’t wait!

Also, put March 5th on your calendar, because that’s the day Jamaican Queens release their LP Wormfood.

We noticed that Jamaican Queens hired Big Hassle for publicity which shows that they are serious. Big Hassle also reps such artists as Noize favorites: Deer Tick, Death Grips, Manchester Orchestra, Mumford and Sons, and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Check out Big Hassle’s clever Jamaican Queens Bio…

THIS IS DETROIT TRAP POP. Ryan Spencer pens songs with provocative lyrical imagery. These are accounts of intense violence, hopelessness, and drug use— juxtaposed with honest tales of love, a lack thereof, and the pursuit of a reason to live.

Jamaican Queens have a unique way of making the uncomfortable tolerable, and the sexually explicit accessible. Whether you are looking for infectious earworms with which to sing along, or MDMA-induced club bangers to provide the soundtrack for an evening of popper huffing— Jamaican Queens have got your back. This is post-everything pop for people terrified of reality.

Heavily influenced by the southern rap beats of Three 6 Mafia, Gucci Mane, and Young Jeezy, as well as the experimentation of Brian Eno and Lee Scratch Perry— the outcome is an urgent canvas overlaid with pop hooks that would make David Bowie blush.

This is new. This is different. From a city left behind by the failures of a once great country, this is Jamaican Queens. Welcome.

Detroit music lovers are always on the lookout for the next big thing out of Detroit in 2013, and it appears that currently Jamaican Queens are off to an amazing start in the new year!

Lastly, shot out to Abby Fiscus who does a lot of their photography! (http://www.flickr.com/people/_____abbyf/ and http://abbyfiscus.tumblr.com/)

Members: Ryan Clancy
Adam Pressley
Ryan Spencer


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