Check ‘Em Out: Claudia VS the Queen of Hearts

20 Apr

Scott Smallin

Myrtle Beach-based trio Claudia VS the Queen of Hearts have been working hard planning a string of shows over the coming months, and things have begun to pay off.

The band, which was started by lead singer Claudia Gregory (guitar/piano/synth), also includes Tara Taylor (percussion/viola) and Julia Royal (guitar/flute) who both contribute vocals.

The unsigned trio recently released a demo and are planning a small tour up the East Coast. What is even ore surprising and admirable is that Gregory is doing all of the work herself with help from band-mates Taylor and Royal.

“A DIY demo was so much work,” said Gregory, “but we will eventually release an album. I want to see if I can get a little more under my belt, first. Maybe some sponsors.”

The demo was recorded in Royal’s empty apartment between two air mattresses with a microphone and a “wall of blankets”.

“I borrowed some drums from a friend of mine, despite the fact that I’ve never played drums in my life and I ended up playing them on Blind Man,” said Gregory

The trio exude a wisdom older than their years, with layers of instrumentals that seem like a soundtrack for solitude. It’s easy to connect with Gregory’s voice, which is soft but full of emotion that packs a punch necessary to the more natural sound of the music. At times the music finds itself blurring genres; with psychedelic undertones, the music is a delightful mixture of soul and blues. However, the slower tempo and feminine, airy backing vocals blend everything together into a package that is rather enjoyable to listen to.

4/30 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ F.A.M.E Festival
5/9 – Savannah, GA @ The Wormhole
5/10 – Tampa, FL @ Sacred Grounds Coffee House
5/13 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ For What It’s Worth
5/23 – Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox
5/31 – Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Olde Bar
6/8 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ Fresh Brewed
(w/ Really Old Airplanes)
7/8 – Wilmington, NC @ Sea Turtle Arts Rescue Festival (S.T.A.R.)

For more information and to hear their music, visit their website, Myspace, or ‘Like’ them on Facebook.


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