These powerfully fabulous three really have a recipe for success. Having never heard them before I really did not know what to expect. I was wildly enthralled by the vocal talents of Miss Emily Bones. Her voice is an amazing twist between Pat Benetar and Halley Williams. It was like being blanketed with the spirit and voices of 80’s rock goddesses, she is really amazing to listen to. Mary Deth, the pink haired super-babe whose shirt truly assured me that she is in fact really a mermaid, and also one rockin’ bass player.
As soon as they went on stage every head in the audience was bobbing their heads along to the beat of Kurt’s drums, he’s a straight up marvel in the music community. Having previously heard him play in the Wallaceberg, ON band Creek Street, which was a wildly different sound, I was totally impressed by the range and evolution of his already stellar skills. The best thing about the Anti-Queens is that you can simply see that they do this because they love it. They smile, they joke and they play the kind of music that you just plain want to dance, run to, or aggressively clean your house to.
There isn’t any pretense, just perfectly listenable music, a quality that seems to be fleeting in many of today’s bands. I was very pleased with their performance and enjoyed hearing their angsty, potent lyrics, even though at times I almost had my eye poked out by pointy hairstyles of audience members. My only complaint is the venue. Although the punk/rockabilly element was perfectly suiting, it was a little too small for such an immaculately colossal sound. Maybe larger bars? Maybe stadiums? I can’t wait to see what’s next for them. In the meantime I will be off dancing around my kitchen to Noushi.
Review by: Andrea Holz
Photos by: Andrea Holz and Chris Pye
Edited by: Jesse Kline