The Black Queen, the LA-based electronic alternative outfit featuring The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato, Telefon Tel Aviv/NIN’s Josh Eustis and programmer/guitarist Steven Alexander, will return to the UK this September for 3 shows. The band released their debut album, Fever Daydream in January of this year to mass critical acclaim.
Fever Daydream was written and recorded in what the band has described as a hollowed-out, roach infested Downtown LA warehouse that they also lived in during recording, with Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, M83, The Naked and Famous) executive producing.
“Originally, we had envisioned this project being something much more gauzy and probably guitar-oriented,” said Eustis in an interview with Rolling Stone. “At some point it just took a left turn and became very electronic.” In the same interview Puciato joked, “It was rare to find someone else who I could talk about Death, Leprosy, with as well as a New Edition song.” It was those seemingly disparate influences that brought the three musicians together, from Puciato’s teenage years of watching MTV’s 120 Minutes while simultaneously knowing all of Jodeci’s lyrics, Eustis’ affinity for Kraftwerk and New Edition, and Alexander’s childhood home which championed as much metal as they did R&B.
Rolling Stone premiered the video for “Maybe We Should”, which continues The Black Queen’s integration of striking, Corbijn-influenced visuals into their work. The clip, which is set in downtown Los Angeles, a location that has proved to be a major influence on the band’s music, was filmed by Jesse Draxler and The Black Queen.
“The overall aesthetic to me is as important as the music,” explains Puciato, of the thought and attention that goes into all of the band’s imagery including the two previously released videos: ‘The End Where We Start” and “Ice to Never” . “We care about every detail of everything involved, and treat every aspect as an opportunity for expression. To make everything intersect. In that way, this feels more like an art project than a band. With the record just happening to be a form. There’s a lot of freedom in that approach, as well as pride and care that develops from it. Caring and attention to detail reinforces itself.”
Be sure to catch their incredible live show at one of the following venues:
26th U.K, London, The Jazz Cafe
27th U.K, Bristol, Thekla
28th U.K, Manchester, Deaf Institute
30th Russia, St. Petersburgh, Place
1st Russia, Moscow, Volta Club
3rd Germany, Cologne, Gebaulde 9
4th France, Paris, Le Klub
5th Germany, Berlin, Gretchen
6th Holland, Amsterdam, Upstairs at The Paradiso
7th Poland, Warsaw, Hybrydy
8th Denmark, Copenhagen, Beta
Tickets on sale on Friday 20th May.
UK Tickets available from: http://www.alt-tickets.co.uk/the-black-queen-tickets