Stir your cauldrons, sharpen your fangs, mummify yourself, goddesses, creatures of the night…
Dream Wife present: Dream Wife the Afterlife.
Darkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorize y’all’s neighborhood
And whosoever shall be found
Without the soul for getting down
Must stand and face the hounds of hell
And rot inside a corpse’s shell…
W / doomsday heroes Queen Zee and venom vixens Big Joanie by our side to join us in our decent to the Afterlife.
P.s. Our ghouls will be scouring the dance floor in search of the most terrifying lost soul to crown. Dress to impress! Prizes!
“We've got no time for music, art or politics that are bland,” say Liverpool newcomers Queen Zee & The Sasstones “Bands that sing songs about nothing, that aren't musically adventurous; art that is just a heap of clay with no purpose except for Facebook likes and Instagram followers.”
Fronted by the direct and articulate Queen Zee (vocals/guitar) the band is completed by fellow songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Em, aka Em Dee (guitar), Frank Flag (bass) and The Gimp (drums).
With Zee and Em both in and out of “shit hardcore bands” as teenagers, eventually landing on solo projects just so they could play shows, one of Zee’s online demos subsequently caught the ear of Em, who got in touch asking if he could play guitar on the project.
“I'd met him a few months before when both our solo projects had supported a black metal artist” says Zee “Until that point I'd had no intention to play live with Queen Zee, it was my goodbye to playing music. I'd been whacking the name on gig posters I'd been running as a dumb joke. So with a few days to go we took the joke a bit further and played the first show, which featured 5 minutes of music.”
A review of that first gig claimed that the band had covered The Prodigy’s anthem ‘Firestarter’ - which they hadn't - “but we thought it‘d be funny to spread that around, and now someone on the BBC has read it out” smiles Zee wryly.
Drawing heavily on a variety of musical influences from the 70's garage rock explosion to the world of 80's pop, for Queen Zee, blurring the lines between the establishment and the DIY scene is something the band are clearly already au fait with.
What the notion of home conjures up for the band is a feeling of “pure unsaturated boredom” with “more than enough reasons to be fed up”. Often caught between the cracks and out on a limb, they’re too much of a pop band for the hardcore scene and too punk for the pop scene. Ultimately, they say, they’re more influenced by the city’s working class politics, LGBT+ community and ethnic diversity than by its music scene.
“Aristotle said that it was catharsis which makes good art and Marcel DuChamp said it was the social statement, so I think we try to do both” Zee explains of the band’s philosophy “We try to capture some element of human emotion and by doing that you play into the social statement. It's not necessarily political, it's just a re-claimed voice. I think you can have the same ‘wow' experience you get from looking at a beautiful cathedral that you can get from listening to a hardcore band at 500 decibels. Ultimately everything including your lifestyle can be art, because everything's got a story and everything is relative.”
Big Joanie are a black feminist punk band. Drawing upon post-punk riffs, girl group harmonies and shrewd observational lyricism, they sound like The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and 90s riot grrrl, with a sprinkling of dashikis.