Space Queen Interview: “some songs just come out of a tequila fueled jam”

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Vancouver’s Space Queen has dropped their self-titled EP and they’ll re-wire your summer vibes to near perfection with a rich guitar that fills a room like smoke, harmonies that grab hold of your spine, and drum beats you could write poetry to. The EP gives us the kind of music that could be played while Alice is exploring wonderland. Every beat forces you to dig deeper. Now is the time to move inward and we’re so lucky to have Space Queen’s tracks to follow.

Unbox your black lights from the basement and dust off those velvet posters because Space Queen is throwing the best party of the year. Only this time you’ll have to bring your own bong because of the Coronavirus. IINAG asked the trippy trio a couple of questions to get to know them. Karli, Jenna, and Seah joined forces to give us some great answers. Sit back, pour yourself a cup of mushroom tea, and enjoy the ride.

When did you start making music?

We have a long history of playing music with each other. We wrote our first song together in a basement as teenagers going to music college in Nelson, B.C. After that, we all moved to Vancouver in the summer of ’09. We used to play music as a cure for our broke-ass boredom. It was around this time that the three of us began singing harmonies together and really started to work on our vocal blend. It’s also when we started our former band Sound Of The Sun. Fast forward 10 years, after playing music festivals in Southern California, touring B.C. (including a set at Kaslo Jazz Festival) and singing back-up vocals for Jean Michele Byron’s (former lead singer of Toto) latest album, and for metal project Trailight’s 2015 album, our band had found ourselves stuck in a rut trying to record an album. Several bad recording experiences eventually led to a hiatus in 2018. We then made a decision to follow our hearts and embrace our heavier side and with that, Space Queen landed!

Describe your sound.

It’s like desert rock, only damper, and with lots of vocal harmonies.

Where does your inspiration come from?

Tequila and crazy life experiences. We are also really inspired by great artistry in music. Also, things like the Universe, Space, and Dogs.

What is your creative process like?

It varies song to song. Sometimes we write songs separately and bring them to the band, sometimes we collaborate on writing (lately on video chat), and some songs just come out of a tequila fueled jam in our lockout space affectionately known as The Murderhole.

Do you have a dream collaboration? And why?

Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age. Actually, pretty much any of the talented musicians in the QOTSA family would do! Their music is a huge influence for our band. Everything Josh touches turns to musical gold and we would love to have his unique approach to production and songwriting for Space Queen!

What’s next?

We plan to do more recording in the fall, with Braeden “Pockets” Rangno at the vibe cave (who produced our first EP) and to release a new album. We hope to hell to tour at some point when the world allows it. In the meantime, we are writing lots of new material and feeling inspired to come out of this with the same momentum that we had going before we had to slam on the brakes because of covid!

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Indie is not a genre

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