Started out during the pandemic period from the home recordings by singer-guitarist and composer Sarah Ronan, formerly of The Naked Tungs, soon joined by her bandmate Riley Corcoran on drums and synths, with the later addition of Matt Galceran on vocals and guitar, and Dale Pohly on bass, Austin, TX based Rock and Roll 4-piece Queen Serene blend Sonic Youth’s Noise Rock abrasiveness and Wipers’ Post-punk moodiness with Kraut rhythmic reiteration in their latest single “Isengard”, a preview from Queen Serene’s forthcoming debut album, accompanied by a late 70s/early 80s tinged video by fellow local filmmaker Issac Zamorano.
Confessional lyrics declare a need for action rather than words whilst an aggressive, loud entanglement of dull metallic obsessive riffs, relentless searing guitar melodies, driving high-energy drumbeats, and low pulsing bass lines rile aloof, fiery vocals, into rising emotional harmonies of restless, angry frustration.
The visuals, shot over the course of one long night at Space ATX (an illegal heat production) by Issac Zamorano, draw inspiration from Dario Argento, The Pixies, Sonic Youth, and The Velvet Underground, to give us an inside look into the backstage shenanigans of Queen Serene. Dim red and blue dimensions blur and strobe in dizzy frequencies over a disassociative rehearsal, while quick black and white flashbacks show a more composed view of the band to sync seamlessly with the uninhibited vibes of the soundtrack.
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