Image by Rhiannon Hare

Something’s been missing from the patchwork of Portland’s musical pants for a handful of years it seems.

I’m talking about good old fashioned, heavy and smart rock ‘n’ roll. Nothing against the garage, psych or metal scenes, as there is an overwhelming bounty of lousy-to-great artists to pick from in those realms. But what ever happened to bands chasing the cathartic, early indie rock sounds of the late 80’s through the mid 90’s – iconic bands like Butthole Surfers, early Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction/Porno For Pyros, and Dinosaur Jr?

Premiering their first single ever, “Bow.” off of a currently untitled EP set for release sometime next month, Portland’s newest band Ice Queens are here to fill that void. The band features Evan Houston and James Taylor of Minden on guitar and bass respectively (yes, they switched instruments for this band), the infamous lord of the late Habesha Lounge, Brandon Nikola, on the skins, and Edgar McRae on guitar and vocals. “Bow.” boasts an unconventional time signature with heavy drumming, a screaming lead guitar melody, and a wall of layered fervent vocals. And the breakdown at 1:55. So dope.

Catch Ice Queens first show ever this Sunday at Rontoms with Cambrian Explosion. If we’re lucky, the band is aiming to have t-shirts for sale at the show that will come with complimentary download codes for three singles from the forthcoming release. Let’s all hold our breath, starting…… Now!

Stream Ice Queen’s debut single “Bow.” above or below.