Jamaican Queens

Jamaican Queens

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.

San Francisco's Maus Haus sounds like a confection of Kraftwerk, the Beach Boys, and Sonic Youth, ground up and re-formed into a filet of raw cool. Amid bursts of glitchy noise, dirty drums, and buzzy synthesizers, the band keeps the whole thing fun--with catchy vocals and hypnotic rhythms. The resulting sound is startlingly unique yet strangely familiar.

Since the release of 2009's sprawlingly strange Lark Marvels, the live band has refocused from a 7-person stage-filling ensemble, to a powerful 4-piece stripped down to the essentials. The upcoming seven-song Light Noise, slated for fall 2012 release by Om Records' new imprint Lavish Habits, features an instrument previously rejected by the band — the guitar.

"Their full-length debut, Lark Marvels, [is] packed with fuzzed-out trippy gems and surprising patches of indie-inspired melody. While Maus Haus have previously garnered comparisons to Silver Apples and Captain Beefheart, Lark Marvels reveals additional influences from Add N to (X), Kraftwerk, and Nuggets-era pop." --Flavorpill

Black Jeans

Black Jeans began as a solo recording project during a winter holiday in Bermuda and has developed into a visceral exploration of the chaotic nature of life. Russell Butler uses analog, modular synthesizers, and vintage drum machines to approach the subjects of fear, loss, and self doubt while his swirling, deep vocals communicate the desire to overcome. Black Jeans’ debut cassette (now sold out) was released on local cult label Tundra Dubs and his vinyl debut will appear on AMDiscs.

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Jamaican Queens with Maus Haus, Black Jeans

Sunday, May 12 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Brick & Mortar Music Hall