Queen Orlenes

PopGun Presents

Queen Orlenes

Great Caesar, The The The Thunder, My Roaring Twenties

Mar 18

8:30 pm

Glasslands Gallery

Brooklyn, NY


This event is 21 and over

Queen Orlenes
Queen Orlenes
The story of Queen Orlenes begins in Caldes d'Estrac, a beach village an hour north of Barcelona. Sitting on the balcony of a run down hotel, American-born, London-based songwriter Brooke X opened up her laptop and began typing a letter. It had been one helluva year. A heady cocktail of personal tragedy and professional set backs had left Brooke in a quandary--suffer the same fate as so many music industry casualties, or wipe away the tears, pick herself up, and try again?

The letter, as it turned out, was to her future band mates--long time friend and New Yorker Ian Wolff and native London musician Rob Walbourne. What would happen if they took away all the pressure to be successful? And focused solely on making the music they loved and could be proud of.

The answer came a few weeks later, via a 15-hour drive from NYC to Sparta, Tennessee. The trio set up their gear in the rural farmhouse of Ian's grandfather and spent the hot Southern summer turning years of angst and anguish into the sound of Queen Orlenes.

Ten Tennessee demos completed, the group returned to London and happened upon producers Richard Cardwell and Jim Duguid, who took an instant liking to the band and promptly cleared their schedules to begin making the records.

In between studio sessions, the band embarked on a self-funded UK tour whilst setting up shop in farmhouses across North Devon and East Sussex where they continued to write songs. "The Ark," one of the sparkling results of a North Devon session, was included on charity album "Songs To Save A Life" to raise awareness and money for the Samaritans.

With four new tracks, Queen Orlenes are readying the release of their debut EP "Helicopters," on their own label, River Gang Records. Title track "Helicopters" is about "finding the courage to talk about the stuff in your life that's fucked you up," Brooke X explains. "Or it will bury you." It's a heady mix of melody and emotion, set to sparse yet hypnotic guitars and a marching drum beat that builds and builds.

This is music made by real people who have lived and loved hard.
Great Caesar
Great Caesar
Great Caesar aims for the heart with a vulnerable blend of brass, voice, and indie-rock, drawing from acts like Arcade Fire and Beirut to create music that confronts the things that really matter: love, legacy, and the complexity of human relationships.

The NYC band’s 2014 debut phenomenon, Don’t Ask Me Why, combines art and activism in a video that juxtaposes the civil rights movement of the 1960s with today’s fight for sexual equality. Supported by figures as varied as Russell Simmons, Deepak Chopra, Arsenio Hall, and Superbowl champion and LGBT advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo, the video has already challenged hundreds of thousands to take a stand for love and equality.

Don’t Ask Me Why is available now via all major digital outlets, and will appear on CD and vinyl as part of a forthcoming EP produced by Griffin Rodriguez (Beirut, Modest Mouse).

Great Caesar is comprised of John-Michael Parker (vocals, guitar), Adam Glaser (bass), Tom Sikes (trumpet), Mike Farrell (guitar) and Stephen Chen (saxophone, also of San Fermin).
The The The Thunder
6 people, 3 definite articles, 5 backup singers, & 2 cities (Seattle/NYC) add up to "indie rock that inhabits the space between dancing & thinking."
My Roaring Twenties
My Roaring Twenties
Jack Frederick planted the seed and waterred the seed and picked the wheat and ground the wheat and made the flour and turned it to dough and baked the bread and now you can eat it.

He also played the guitar, tamborine, sampler, synthesizer, drums, accordion, and trombone. Then he recorded it and mixed it in Sunnyside, Queens.
Venue Information:
Glasslands Gallery
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249