Detroit duo Jamaican Queens has released a new video for its first single “Kids Get Away,” off its debut Wormfood album, set for a March 5 release. Directed by Andrew Miller and produced by Amanda LeClaire, the video is based on the song’s concept about a girl who was violently assaulted while walking down the street in southwest Detroit.
Vocalist Ryan Spencer explains, “A person I know was followed home from a local bar in midtown Detroit. Upon arriving she was accosted by some gang bangers, and her face slashed up with a knife. I wrote this song to myself as a reminder that I live in a very dangerous place and that I shouldn’t be so naive. This city also has so much going for it that no other place I’ve ever been does. The possibility of violence is no reason to flee what I feel is the best place I’ve ever lived. This song is a reminder to myself of that. Be careful, but don’t give in to fear…” The band will support Wormfood on a set of North American dates this January and is scheduled to perform at SXSW ’13.
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, who 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.” Wormfood draws influences from southern hip hop, electronic, dub, downbeat, folk, New York City and Detroit as a whole.
Jamaican Queens Tour Dates
1/1/13 Ypsilanti, MI – Woodruff’s
1/9/13 Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub
1/10/13 Knoxville, TN – The Pilot Light
1/12/13 Atlanta, GA – Ohmpark Fest
1/15/13 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
1/16/13 Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands
1/19/13 Montreal, QC – La Gruta
1/20/13 Toronto, ON – May Cafe
1/25/13 Columbus OH – Double Happiness
Debut Album Wormfood Out March 5
“Comprised of two former band members of Prussia, the sound shifts away from their progressive indie pop leanings of yesterday, bringing the listener into a more textured environment with buzzing synth, drum, and bass samples.”- Impose Magazine
2. Kids Get Away
3. Black Madonna
6. Wellfleet Outro
8. Asleep at the Wheel
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