There was something familiar about “Starlet” from Queen’s Pleasure that I just couldn’t quite put my finger on. I was intrigued and had to know more. Lucky for me, they literally just release their new EP ‘Panic From Dublin’ so let’s see if I can figure out why their sound felt so familiar!
This four-song release kicks off with the title track, “Panic From Dublin”. This first track really lays out the sound of Queen’s Pleasure perfectly. It’s indie-rock with a little bit of an edge. There’s something a bit dark about the vocals but the upbeat drums counter that in the perfect way. The chorus of this track is ridiculously catchy and ear-wormy. Although this was my first listen to this track, I knew that this would be a chorus that would last in my head for hours, if not days. It’s a powerful start to what I can only expect will be a powerful EP.
“Panic From Dublin” comes to an abrupt end to make way for that fateful song I heard a couple of days ago, “Starlet”. I found my brain racing to try and figure out why this felt so familiar. The vocals reminded me a little bit of Jamie T but is that just because of the accent The instrumentation is something a bit closer to The Libertines but, again, is that only because of the accent? Regardless, this track continued to impress me on this second listen. It’s fun, driving, and full of an edge of energy that filled my house in all of the right ways. I was a bit bummed as this song really started to crescendo only to come to yet another abrupt end but, thankfully, “Sitter” was right there to pick up where “Starlet” left off.
There’s something a bit darker and more emotionally drenched about “Sitter”. Although still clearly Queen’s Pleasure, this seems to be an entirely new side of the band that is just as good as the side that shined bright in the first two tracks. “Sitter” feels a bit more sharp-edged and, if you know me, you know I love an edge. Even though it just feels a bit moodier, there’s still something absolutely infectious about the beat and the chorus. Sadly, I feel like this track just blew by me and, before I knew it, this EP was coming to an end as “Alex Sender” took over my speakers.
This final track could not have been any more perfect. There’s a sense of moodiness like that felt in “Sitter” while having that undeniable sense of edged indie-pop music like in the first couple of tracks. There’s a swagger that comes with this final track that I wish I had heard previously but also liked how it kind of just came in and took over for this final track. Again, the chorus of this final track is irresistible and will absolutely be going through my head long after I’m done editing this post. This EP may be short but it is oh so powerful and so worth your time.
My Favorite Track(s): “Starlet”
For Fans Of: Energy; Ear-wormy Choruses; Infectious Beats
Dance-ability: 8.3 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie yelled at my from the kitchen because he apparently thinks it’s dinner time; Autumn slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 7 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 7 out of 10
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