Scenes From Saturday's Jamaican Queens Show At The Foundry.
Since Detroit fusion-pop outfit Jamaican Queens was in town last, playing up in Denton as part of this year's 35 Denton, the group released a new batch of tunes. Back in June, the quartet released Downers, a sophomore effort with no fewer than four songs that feature the word “love” in the title.
But, the band's not as goopy or sappy as that would seem to imply. Frontman Ryan Spencer's vocals are equal parts emotional and contemplative, they're oft backed by a pretty unique blend of indie-rock, dance pop, hip-hop and electronic music, with a few classical elements thrown in for kicks. It's equally fitting in a club setting as it is on an emo kid's Sad Bastard Mix, a tough trick to pull off successfully.
As it turns out, the band's also equally at home performing live on a stage made from old shipping crates at a venue known more so for the fried chicken it serves up than for the bands it hosts. Fortunately, if you missed it, our photographer Karlo X. Ramos was on hand to capture some of the brilliance. But really, you should make it a point to show up at the next Foundry show as they're always free and, as of late, the bands they've been bringing in with Parade of Flesh are quite solid.
The chicken ain't bad, either.