Track Of The Day: Queen Zee – Sass or Die

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Queen Zee returns with a brand new buffed up, version of  ‘Sass or Die ‘ which has become something of an anthem for the band during their rollercoaster ride from D.I.Y. bedroom project to bonafide alternative pop stars in waiting. Over the last 12 months, the band have continued to grow exponentially winning over new fans with their unhinged in your face live performances, whilst honing their sound without compromising their vision.

In many ways rerecording ‘Sass or Die’ could be seen as a  way of bookmarking their progress, and a reflection on just how far they have come as a band,  from those early rough and ready demos to their current fully realised sound. And this version really captures their spirit, whilst documenting their development. It could also be regarded as a good-natured fuck you to the doubters, because the last 12 months have been proof positive of what can be achieved with self-belief, talent, staying true to yourself, surrounding yourself with good people and refusing to be pigeonholed.

If we were to do the comparison thing, which is pretty much the law these days we could say that vocally there are hints of Bowie, Mark E Smith and Howard  Devoto whilst the guitars have a grander more textured ‘shoegazey’ feel than previous offerings. But really it’s the vibrancy, energy  and personality that shine through to really elevate this tune to the next level. Zee explains the thinking behind giving ‘Sass Or Die’ a reboot “Last year we released a rough B-side version of Sass or Die done in our spare time at the studio. But since then Sass or Die has become much more than a B-side, nothing better captures the essence of Queen Zee than leading line “I wanna do this for the rest of my life”. So, we were decided to give the recording the love it deserved, and soundtrack your summer with it”

 

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Full tour dates:

03/06 WYCHWOOD FESTIVAL, UK
09/06 BLITZ, PRESTON, UK
14/07 QUEER PROM, LONDON, UK
22/07 LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL, UK
28/07 LIVERPOOL PRIDE, UK
29/07 STANDON CALLING, UK
01/09 BINGLEY LIVE, UK
14/09 HOP POP HOP, FR
19-22/09 – REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL, DE
03/11 2Q LINCOLN, UK

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Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the VPME.com. House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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