With ’70s-style garage rock elevated by gorgeous harmonies and psychedelic melodies, Space Queen’s sophomore EP, Nebula, is a cosmic trip to the dark side of the moon.
Heavy jams are balanced with acoustic interludes that show off the musical dexterity and vocal chops of the trio, comprised of Jenna Earle (guitar), Seah Maister (bass/keys), and Karli MacIntosh (drums), underscoring their stoner sensibilities with an ethereal quality that recalls the group’s former folk project, Sound of the Sun.
The album also pays tribute to the late percussionist Hani Naser (Violent Femmes, the Doors, Lou Reed), who was a close friend of the band and passed away the day before Space Queen recorded at Rain City Studio. These emotions sear through, especially on highlights “Darkest Part” and “When It Gets Light.”
Space Queen has been steadily making noise in Vancouver’s scene, with the band’s 2020 self-titled debut and a couple of guest features on Nardwuar the Human Serviette’s iconic radio show. They’re also mainstays on the touring circuit, opening for bands like King Buffalo and local-by-way-of-Edmonton outfit Black Mastiff.
In support of the new release, Space Queen is hitting the road on a summer tour across Canada. And with the haunting and evocative Nebula, fans are in store for an experience that’s truly out of this world.
Nebula is out now.