Philadelphia rock trio Queen of Jeans visited the Paste Studio to perform songs from their new LP If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid, out this Friday (Aug. 23) via Topshelf Records. Paste featured their recent single “Get Lost,” in our Daily Dose column, praising its melancholy sentiment and their “warm instrumentation and euphonic production.”
Guitarist/vocalist Miri Devora and bassist Mattie Glass performed stripped-down versions of two new album tracks, plus a cover of Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag.” “Bloomed” is marked by Devora’s ribbon-like vocal flutters and Glass’ leisurely, low-toned guitar twinkles, while “Only Obvious to You” has a similarly waltzy flow. To close, they completely transformed “Teenage Dirtbag” into something much more elegant and heartfelt.
Their new album, If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid, was partially inspired by the aftermath of the 2016 election and Devora’s mother’s battle with cancer, per a press release.
“I found myself in fear not only of losing my mom to her illness, but of losing my space within society as a queer woman, and watching space get taken away from so many others,” Devora says.
Watch Queen of Jeans’ full Paste Studio session below. Scroll down to view their upcoming tour dates, and preorder If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid here.
Queen of Jeans Tour Dates:
05 – Washington, D.C. @ Songbyrd
06 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Boot & Saddle
07 – New York, N.Y. @ Goldsounds
08 – Boston, Mass. @ Once Ballroom
09 – Denver, Colo. @ Globe Hall
11 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ 7th Street Entry
12 – Chicago, Ill. @ Beat Kitchen
15 – Boston, Mass. @ Middle East Upstairs
16 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Rough Trade
17 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Foundry
19 – Washington D.C. @ Songbyrd
20 – Chapel Hill, N.C. @ Local 506
21 – Nashville, Tenn. @ High Watt
23 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Aisle 5
25 – Austin, Texas @ Barracuda
26 – Dallas, Texas @ Club Dada
03 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Valley Bar
04 – San Diego, Calif. @ Soda Bar
05 – Santa Ana, Calif. @ Constellation Room
07 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Moroccan Lounge
08 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Cafe Du Nord
10 – Portland, Ore. @ Holocene
11 – Seattle, Wash. @ Columbia City Theater