September 9th sees the release of ‘Tired of Love’, the fantastic new single from Baby Queens – the all-female Cardiff 5-piece who first smashed onto the scene in 2013 with their huge track ‘Red Light.’ Listen here.
With soulful vocals, flawless harmonies and a defiant chorus, ‘Tired of Love’ is an attitude-exuding pop anthem in waiting. With slick production, the girls’ nostalgic vibe mixes RnB, hip/hop, reggaeton and pop, showcasing a glossy polished soul sound, with an undeniable British edge.
“It’s about when love becomes a game and you’re not a game player” says Monique. “The feeling that you’re constantly chasing something that was never there.”
Baby Queens – Cara, Estelle, Monique, Ruth and Vanity are five girls from Cardiff. Two sisters, two cousins and their adopted sister – each equal parts songwriter, musician and music lover. As distinct in their fashion as they are their music – each band member’s individual personality and style can be heard in their music.
In 2013 they released their first single ‘Red Light.’ It was a viral hit, and soon won the attention of BBCRadio1, who made them ‘Artist of the Week,’ with repeated plays across the station from the likes of FernCotton and Greg James. They’ve also had support from the likes of Huw Stephens, DJ Target, DJ Semtex and Mista Jam. Plus they were invited to record a live session for the BBC at Maida Vale. They’ve also had continuous support from BBC Wales, where they’ve been ‘Artist of the Week’, three times.
Since ‘Red Light’ the girls have been releasing tracks, readying their debut album and cutting their teeth on the live circuit. They’ve played festivals like The Great Escape, Boomtown, T in the Park, X Fest, and Swn festival (Huw Stephen’s own festival) and toured with Welsh super band The Earth (ft members of Catatonia/Super Furry Animals). And now the album is finally ready to be heard. Produced by SuperFurry Animal’s Cian Ciaran, the self-titled album criss-crosses the narrow divide between rock, hip hop, soul and reggae, it’s a blissed out, musical odyssey written by all five members of the band. The sickly sweet overtures one might expect from an all-girl band are ditched in favour of beats that force the melodic content to the fore, with the principles of classic soul and R’n’B song writing catching up with the present day sounds of British street genres. Lavishly layered vocals are wrapped up in slick production that marks out Baby Queens’ intentions to push boundaries and reintroduce to the masses what a vocal group with melody and beats in their hearts is all about.
“Our love of street poetry, spoken word and rap has influenced many of the songs, but also rock n roll bands, soul/Motown, trippy 60s and 70s bands, the roots reggae and roots hip hop artists, basically anything that is heartfelt and soulful and stands for something positive,” says Cara
“These are songs that reflect our love of music of all genres. We wanted to bring any musical differences that might exist between us and unite them, we think the music speaks for itself, uncompromised, accessible popular music.”
‘Tired of Love’ is out September 9th, the debut album, ‘Baby Queen’s is out October 28th.