Label: Sasstone Records
Released: 8th February 2019
Queen Zee are a Northern force to be reckoned with. Their debut album is a bold and boisterous punk celebration of everything queer and unordinary. Led by Zee, whose distinctive voice looms and quivers through their band’s forthright wall of noise, the album effervesces with youth spirit; it’s a sociologically inquisitive and personal opus where anyone that doesn’t fit in is welcomed with warm, open arms.
“I’m alone, I’m alone, I’m a loner,” Zee drawls on opening track ‘Loner’, a common theme explored throughout the record, also addressed on underdog anthems ‘Victim Age’ and ‘Sissy Fists’. Queen Zee’s tongue is well and truly not in cheek. Instead, it’s fully out, ready to spit truths and say the first thought that comes to mind. Through ballsy punk rock Queen Zee give a vivacity to these emotive topic areas, there’s trashy punk on the spiritual and demonic ‘Lucy Fur’, screams and shouts to rock’n’roll on sexed up ‘Porno Movie’, and whirring, bassy grooves on the hard-edged indie punk and anti-binary ‘Boy’.
What is particularly impressive, is the upbeat attitude maintained throughout the record. Rather than rubbing shoulders the wrong way with this forthright attitude, Queen Zee offer a hand, an invitation to dance and mosh in solidarity.