My initial reaction when I came across the debut LP from Queen Zee was a bit like going on a roller coaster: the very first time I listened to the album I was astounded (what an incredible debut is this one!!!) and I immediately started sharing the link to the album with a lot of friends on WhatsApp, whereupon I entered a phase where I partially reconsidered the value of the individual songs and I commenced to feel a weaker connection with the album, until I eventually reached a more balanced position between these two extremes, which is where I am at this time.
Queen Zee is a “pink pop punk band” from Liverpool with an approach to music that’s extremely chaotic and irreverent. Their songs are rough and dirty, but absolutely fun and catchy. In some ways, this LP has reminded me of one of my greatest passions in rock music, which is the band Turbonegro. Similarly to the case of the Norwegian masters of rock, Queen Zee must have discovered a magical recipe which makes all of their songs immediately engaging and exciting to hear, and that’s why the first encounter with their debut LP can leave you breathless. You feel in fact a strange sensation: this music is so sticky and catchy that even if the songs are new, it’s like you had already known them for a long time.
From a musical point of view, to obtain music like this you can imagine putting in a blender a couple of cups of Nirvana-type grunge, a half pint of classic punk, a few tablespoons of alternative rock and a pinch of hard rock. Beat everything together, then pour on top some incisive lyrics and serve.
Of course, the record has some flaws. For example, sometimes the level of madness grows dangerously up to the risk of becoming confused with stupidity, or antipathy, but it’s something we can accept because it remains the first full-length work from an extremely promising band. And it’s also the first good LP of punk rock that I really enjoyed this year, and therefore I feel particularly tolerant. I’m giving to this record a rating of 7.5/10.
My favourite songs are Sissy Fists, Idle Crown, I Hate Your New Boyfriend, Victim Age and the opening track Loner.
Songs from Queen Zee are now featured in a couple of playlists among those I curate on Spotify, i.e. REBEL INSIDE (the best of new punk rock) and ALT ROCK ARENA (the best of new alternative rock). Check these out and follow!