Easy Queen : three fierce, feminist, funny folx forging fabulously funky rock.
The Oakland, CA-based trio reflects the Bay Area’s energy, diversity, queer community, and creativity. Fans of Sleater-Kinney, St. Vincent, Portishead, and Juliana Hatfield will love Easy Queen’s blend of grunge-y hooks, shoegaze-y guitar delay, and pop-y vocal harmonies. EQ’s distinctive songs reflect a blend of sad-bastard songs, sultry guitar solos, playing in the pocket, and gettin’ outta town. On the dusty road between PJ Harvey and Portishead, you’ll find Easy Queen singing in harmony, grooving hard, and making love to their audience. The band lists influences as wide-ranging as Sonic Youth, The Breeders, White Stripes, Pedro the Lion, John Cage, Neil Young, Jeff Buckley, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Tricky, and TW Walsh.
Easy Queen has built a steady following in the Bay Area, playing venues such as the Dyke March Stage, Ashkenaz, Ivy Room, and El Rio. The band created a much-loved video performance of their new song “This Not That” for the NPR Tiny Desk Contest – featuring bassist Veronica delivering a fierce spoken-word performance over Audrey’s Blondie-esque guitar riffs and Genesis’ tight drum beat. They created two-more DIY videos for "This Not That," and for a witty and grunge-powered cover of "The Grinch."
The group recorded their debut EP with the aid of producer Stephen Hart (Santana, David Bowie), followed by a Pacific Northwest Tour. Easy Queen teamed up with local rocker Katie Cash to play a series of shows from Oakland to Portland to Seattle.
Experience the magical, sensual, infectious rock-n-roll of Easy Queen!
photo: Genesis Fermin