King County Queens — Ladies and Gentlemen, Your King County Queens
(Green Monkey GM1018, 2013, CD)
by Jon Davis, Published 2013-09-19There's something to be said for solid melodic rock without too much pretense. "Power pop" or whatever you want to call it — the stuff Matthew Sweet, Teenage Fanclub, and the like produce. Touches of psychedelia help, as do clever (or cryptic but evocative) lyrics. And a skillfully wielded wah-wah pedal. King County Queens are a Seattle-area band with these qualities well in evidence, and who excel at all of them. The melodies are catchy without being simplistic, the chord progressions wander pretty far astray from the basic I-IV-V, the lead guitar is good (with and without wah-wah), and there's a good variety in tempos. And the lyrics! "Psychoanalysis, it only complicates my situation, it's like a paralysis upon the moment of divine invasion. Sometimes you've got to sacrifice the simulacrum, one mind just isn't big enough for the both of them." I don't know what it means, but I love hearing it! A couple of the guys in this band were in an outfit called The Chemistry Set back in the late 80s, and I always felt they never got their due. Hopefully this project will get the attention it deserves. And hey, there's a tune called "Krautrock!" so prog fans should eat it up.
Related artist(s): King County Queens
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more