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Queen of Jeans @ Kung Fu Necktie with Louie Louie and The Mysteries.

February 1, 2016

013016-RK-QUEEN OF JEANS-006Text and images by Rick Kauffman.

A week after the JUMP-curated party at The Foundry, which featured opener Queen of Jeans wowing the packed house ahead of the headlining Vacationer, the ladies and gentleman played to another sold-out gig at Kung Fu Necktie.

In support of the band’s new release, the Queen of Jeans EP, released on January 22, 2016, the lady-led trio of Miriam Devora, Matheson Glass and Nina Scotto, with  drummer Patrick Wall, played host to a time-warp of sorts Saturday night.

The Mysteries, a Philly-based rock-and-roll group with a hauntingly groovy brand of 70s-era psych, opened the night with a seductive and commandeering performance by frontman Rodney Jacobs. With his flair for blues guitar the band’s timeless sound draws comparisons from The Doors — even Jacobs’ eye shadow may harken back to Jim Morrison’s signature rock star sex appeal — but some of the deeper grooves hit harder on the acid rock spectrum. The organ often takes audible control in the band’s eight-track release, with the guitar and bass adding texture while the lyrically adept Rogers croons and howls.

Their self-titled debut was released last October.

The ladies of Louie Louie, a poppy garage rock quartet from Philly, harkened back on various tracks to the surf rock of Southern California in the early sixties — heavily reverbed guitar solos, gang vocals and smooth harmonies. There’s always something powerful about the all-female gang vocal, and Louie Louie certainly captured an imposing punk aesthetic. All dressed in shiny jumpsuits — the kind that someone from the dawn of the nuclear age would assume aliens would wear — propagated to the audience, “We are your friends.”

Completing the trifecta of vibrations came Queen of Jeans, whose parents were among the attendees screaming and begging for more. Spooky, dreamy and mysterious, the endless reverb on their vocals was haunting and beautiful, and when the group harmonizes with the “woo’s” one can’t help but swoon. Finishing with “Dance (Get Off Your Ass)” provoked the mother of lead singer Miriam Devora (not her real name) to scream “get off your ass and sing another song!” and that they did.

The Mysteries are playing another gig at KFN tonight. Louie Louie plays next at Ortlieb’s on February 16. And Queen of Jeans will be at Johnny Brenda’s on the 19th of February.

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