We met Carré Callaway, on Twitter as she was attempting to find a drummer to join her LA based band Queen Kwong for approximately 3 shows in London/Paris this Month. Bands & Books knows a few musicians, although sadly no drummers so we were unable to help. Fortunately the drummer thing worked itself out anyway and we booked Queen Kwong for our Bands & Books launch night on September 16th.
Queen Kwong is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter Carré Callaway, who was discovered at age 17 by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. What began as a curious 4-track analog cassette recorded in Carré’s living room soon grew to become Queen Kwong, a rock trio based in Los Angeles, known for charismatic live shows and raw, emotive tunes. In January 2010, Queen Kwong released their debut EP (Love Is A Bruise), featuring the single “Pet” which was quickly picked up by BBC Radio 6 and used to Levi's 2010 Fall/Winter European sales campaign. Queen Kwong has not only opened shows for two separate Nine Inch Nails tours, but Carré has also worked with artists ranging from Joseph Arthur to Dave Navarro as well as Smashing Pumpkin’s producer, Kerry Brown. With growing notoriety, Queen Kwong entered the studio in late 2010 to begin recording their debut album with producer Joe Cardamone (The Icarus Line) due out in 2011.
We like to know what our band's favourite books are so we asked Carré for hers:
"My favorite books are: Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, and Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves
Right now I'm reading Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses"
At the time of writing Queen Kwong are a mere $500 short of their kickstarter fundraising target of $3,000 - you can help them get over the finish line by clicking here
Catch Queen Kwong at our FREE launch party on September 16th at the Victoria pub in Mile End