Jamaican Queens Debut New Video and Announce West Coast Tour

By on April 13, 2013


Detroit duo Jamaican Queens has debuted a brand new video for their single ‘Caitlin’ with Nowness, and are excited to announce their first ever West Coast tour dates. The video for the single, available to stream at Interview Magazine, and taken from their acclaimed debut, Wormfood on Notown, utilizes innovative green-screen techniques and colorful animation. The song was written by Ryan Spencer as a Secret Santa gift to comfort a friend, Caitlin, who had recently suffered a tremendous loss. For the video, the band collaborated with Dan Demaggio, another Detroit native, who spent a month creating the animations for the video. After performing at SXSW, touring with the likes of Javelin and Dustin Wong, and sharing videos for ‘Caitlin,’ ‘Water,’ and ‘Kids Get Away,’ the band has many causes to celebrate. So, what better way to celebrate than a tremendous homecoming record release show and west coast debut? The band will play Detroit’s Trinosophes this Friday, April 12th and briefly return to the New York area before embarking on their west coast dates.


The partnership of Jamaican Queens’ Ryan Spencer and producer Adam Pressley was conceived in late 2011. Pressley moved to Detroit to join Spencer in his former band Prussia, and shortly after his arrival the group dissolved. The two decided they worked better as a pair and spent that winter writing and recording Wormfood, which was mixed by High Bias Recordings engineer, Christopher Lazlo Koltay (Akron/Family, Dirtbombs). The fusion of Spencer’s melodies and Pressley’s knowledge of underground music and production gave birth to their unique “odd pop” or as it’s being called, “trap-pop.” 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, Wormfood draws from electronic, dub, downbeat, and folk influences, creating an erratic canvas overlaid with radiant pop hooks. They have sold out their first New York show last month and their single ‘Kids Get AWay’ has received praise from NYLON, Noisey, Impose and FILTER among others, making them a must see for the upcoming tour dates.


Jamaican Queens Tour Dates

4.11 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme
4.12 – Detroit, MI – Trinosophes [Album Release Show]
4.13 – Bloomington, IN – Culture Shock Festival
4.23 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick (Cafe)
4.26 – Hamden, CT – The Outer Space
4.27 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
4.28 – Buffalo, NY – The Vault
5.2 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
5.3 – Los Angeles, CA – TBA
5.5 – Oakland, CA – The New Parish
5.6 – Sacramento, CA – The Blue Lamp
5.7 – Eugene, OR – Cozmic Pizza
5.8 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
5.9 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
5.10 – Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
5.18 – Grand Rapids, MI – Mexicains Sans Frontieres
5.20 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
6.19 – Calgary, AB – Sled Island Festival
6.20 – Calgary, AB – Sled Island Festival
6.22 – Calgary, AB – Sled Island Festival
7.27 – Brooklyn, NY – Bushwick Block Party 2013
9.5 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
9.20 – Lexington, KY – Boomslang Festival

Wormfood Tracklisting


1. Water 

2. Kids Get Away
3. Black Madonna
4. Annie
5. Wormfood
6. Wellfleet Outro
7. Sharkteeth
8. Asleep at the Wheel

9. Caitlin


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Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.