Queue, dressed all in black and pokerfaced convey a mysterious aura. They draw us in with moody vocals on rich and dreamy guitar resonating like swirling smoke. The band declare that genre labels are a “load of bullshit” but FYI if we are getting technical about it they are an Indie rock band from Philadelphia, comprised of Olivia Price on lead vocals and guitar, Aida Mekkonen on lead guitar and vocals, Matt Clinkscales on bass and Steve Vannelli on drums. Albeit they are indeed underground and majorly undiscovered having started out their musical venture early 2016.
Their style is similar to that of The XX and London Grammar, specifically in their haunting, slower paced tracks “Aimless Kid” and “More”. Olivia’s voice is wildly comparable to Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries but much less intense/whiny.
All in all they have their own unique vibe, effectively redefining electronic style music with vintage sounding synths on electric guitar with reverb galore. They offer strong, hearty baselines maintaining a warm and bounteous sound that makes for easy listening with an edge.
The faster paced “Frontier” is the one track that has a more hooky catchiness to it from the get-go with a brilliant opening line “I caught you in a lie”, you are captured from the start and intrigued to continue on this journey of brilliance. This tune would certainly be the most accessible and mainstream of the bunch, but who says that’s an achievement.
With moody vocals and dazzling guitar riffs on loop, it’s not crazy complex stuff - you might call it somewhat meandering, there are generally no huge changes or loud and showy vocals. This is their charm, to be cleverly understated whilst uplifting.
She is emotive in her lyrics and delivery of them to the point where it doesn’t even matter whether or not you can hear what she’s saying. It’s cool and effortless and complete. They aren’t trying too hard and they clearly love their music deeply and appear to be very much in it as they move us with their creations.
They have managed to produce a unique version of the tried and tested indie rock and offer something new and unpredictable. The tracks collectively are in keeping with their original qualities tying them all together but are very much individual when they stand alone. We can certainly be excited about what more they come to release.
Queue are to gig on the 20th Jan at Bourbon & Branch, and then again on the 26th at the Rock & Roll Hotel, both in Philadelphia. 100% worth seeing live if you dig their vibe.