Release Date: August 13, 2021
Format: Digital & Physical
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Album Info – (Per Bandcamp)
Rosie Rebel: Lead Vocals, Gang Vocals
Jeff Crews: Lead Guitar, Gang Vocals
Matt Van Ernest: Bass Guitar
Phil Wartell: Drums, Rhythm Guitar, Bass (Track 10), Gang Vocals
w/ special guests:
Coolie Ranx (Pilfers): Gang Vocals (Tracks 1 and 2), Lead Vocals (Track 2)
Becky Lynn Blanca (Penny Matches): Gang Vocals (Tracks 1-10), Harmonies (Tracks 2, 4 and 9)
Jay Prozac (The Prozacs): Gang Vocals (Tracks 1-8)
Jenny Whiskey (Hub City Stompers): Gang Vocals (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6-10), Harmonies (Tracks 1, 9, and 10)
Rob George (Hub City Stompers): Gang Vocals (Tracks 1, 6, 9 and 10)
Album artwork, layout and design by Paul Kepple of Headcase Design
Mixed & Mastered by Jesse Cannon
Produced & Arranged by Phil Wartell
Recorded remotely at home in quarantine during Covid-19 with the exception of drums and bass, recorded at Cannon Found Soundation in Brooklyn, New York
Favorite Tracks: Queen Of Swords, All I Need, 1:11, Defend Your Temple, When We Were Young, This One’s For You, The Riveter, On My Way,
Sounds Like: The Damed, Lucy And The Rats, The Linda Lindas, The Spazzys, Crimson Riot, Babes In Toyland, and Amyl and the Sniffers
Has a killer release ever quietly snuck past you? Now I’m going to admit something which may cause my punk cred to fall. I never heard a Stiff Little Fingers track until 2010. Keep in mind I was born in the late 1970’s so how could this be? Maybe I didn’t have enough kick ass punk zines to keep me up to date? So now it’s time for me to share a brand new kick ass release ‘Queen Of Swords’ by Brooklyn’s Typhoid Rosie!
So let’s dive right in and check out ‘Queen Of Swords’. The first track shares the name of the album. Thinking about leaving the unhealthy toxic relationship? Well put on this track. You are the Queen Of Swords. This song has some quick hooks and a powerful message about self love. You deserve something better in your life! The Riot Grrrl message continues with “All I Need”. This track has Coolie Ranx from the Pilfers! The riffs, drums, and gang vocals are awesome. It feels a bit surfpunk infused, yet feels so punk rock.
“1.11” is heavy on bass and has some killer drums. The lyrics are great and will have you singing along. Although I am not sure you an or I could ever match Rosie’s amazing vocals. Per the band’s press release on this track. “I’ve gone through a change where I no longer need other people to fill that void like I once did, because I found my own source of divine love inside of me. This song helps me remember how rare and unique I am and that its time to get back on the saddle of fulfilling my purpose and mission while my heart still beats.
“The next song is “Two of Cups”. Hmmm I’m starting to notice a trend. This album has so many tracks named after Tarot cards. “Two Of Cups” goes harder and much darker. The distortion in the guitar will transport any listener down a vast rabbit hole as Rosie puts you into a gentle musically induced coma. My favorite track on the record is next with, “Defend Your Temple”. As a boy I was told, “Defend your temple by working out, eating healthy, blah, blah, blah”.
What I wasn’t told was that a woman is not property, a woman has to fight harder to get everything she needs, and that society will try to control almost every aspect of a woman’s life. I feel that every parent should make it a point to teach their children these important points. Or maybe you can play, “Defend Your Temple” and help explain the lyrical content. This track has some incredible fuzz, killer drums and bass. This track alone just might put this on our top album release list of 2021.
“When We Were Young” is up next. I love this track! It’s a bit slower, but still has some power on bass and adds a little variety to this already stellar album. We all have at least a few rad moments from our childhood we will never forget. “This One’s For You” follows and continues the album’s theme of self empowerment. The gang vocals really make this track shine with contributions from Becky Lynn Blanca (Penny Matches) Jay Prozac (The Prozacs).
“The Chariot” is about not taking crap from anyone and moving forward no matter what. Rosie’s vocals hit some insanely high notes! Next up is my second favorite track, “The Riveter”. This is a pro-union, pro-woman song inspired by The Rosies from WWII and Rosie Rebel’s own experience working with the Local 52. Per the band’s press release, “In my day job, I do props and set dressing for Local 52 on movies and television shows. I am very grateful to work with Local 52. I love my job, and it’s nice to know that as a woman, I earn the same wage as the man doing the same job as me.’
Well we have reached the final track, “On My Way”. It has a great message about moving on and leaving all that toxic crap behind. The whole song is fantastic. I love the dramatic tempo changes. It’s a perfect ending to already stellar album.
In Conclusion, Typhoid Rosie’s, “Queen Of Swords” is a Riot Grrrl indie whirlwind. It mixes genres of punk, surf punk and rock and roll with ease while staying true to it’s message of feminism, self empowerment, and combines all of these in an unforgettable experience. You can listen now on your favorite streaming service or pick up the vinyl here, https://typhoidrosie.bandcamp.com/album/queen-of-swords.
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