REVEALS VIDEO FOR KILL SOME TIME BLUES
HER RESCHEDULED 22-DATE UK TOUR HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR APRIL 2021
AND CULMINATES IN LONDON’S ISLINGTON ACADEMY ON FRIDAY 30TH
THE ALBUM QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT IS OUT NOW!
“packed with 20 songs, remarkably filler-free, brimming with colourful vocabulary, catty character study, melodic excellence and stylistic dexterity… She means it, man, and it’s a joy throughout.” – 4/5 MOJO
“A superior collection of cosmopolitan pop music, the 20-song set is both catchy and complex.” – The Telegraph
“A Motown flecked ode” (Little Melvin) – The Times
“A characteristically ambitious album, a double, 20 songs… a varied retro-pop clutch; James knows her way around the chords, and how to keep things moving. But the charm lies in their personality…” – Metro
“Written, produced and mixed by (ex-Transvision Vamp) Wendy James fronting a strong band and dabbling in a dizzying variety of styles.” – Classic Rock
“stylish, vintage sounds, in thrall to the Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan and 1960s pop.” – 4/5 Mail on Sunday
“Wendy gets the last laugh with an up-for-it 20-song double album of punk, rock & roll and general mayhem. Just as energetic as the Vamps, the songs are sharper than ever.” – Daily Star
“James specialising in a Stooges belligerence as she rampages across half the album as if about to wreak terrible vengeance on the speakers. There’s an insouciant poise throughout, as James ensures her devilment is backed up by strong tunes… It’s impressive, showcasing what an under-rated writer and producer James has matured into.” – Classic Pop
“Reflective music from a real queen… an album for James fans and newcomers alike.” – Vive Le Rock
WENDY JAMES reveals the video for Kill Some Time Blues, the last song on her recently released 20-track album Queen High Straight, which was fan-picked along with Marlene at Fleur as the next AA single.
“I’m thrilled with the video,” Wendy says. “I wanted to close out the album with a ‘wall-of-sound’ 60’s girl group sounding song, a big number! The horn sections played by Terry Edwards and Alex Ward are marvelous! The guitar parts played by James Sedwards are magnificent and the drumming and percussion by James Sclavunos and bass playing by Harry Bohay, superlative! – and I must say I’m rather pleased with my singing too!
“To this end, I went on a video clip treasure hunt to find some great shots of The Supremes, The Ronettes, The Vandellas, The Shangri-Las, The Blossoms and I stumbled upon some fabulous old footage of 60’s girls letting loose and getting their freak on! Spliced and cross-faded into this wonderful footage is footage of me performing live at Hultsfred Festival in Sweden and a performance on a broadcast tv show called Live At The Dome.
“The video is masterfully timed out, edited and presented by David Leigh Dodd, who has been the photographer and videographer for the entire presentation of Queen High Straight.
“I think the video is an enormous success and it serves to amplify this great song!”
Wendy had hoped to be touring the album in September, but due to Covid-19 she has rescheduled her 22-date UK tour (again) to April 2021. “2021 will be a great touring year for THE WENDY JAMES BAND, with the UK tour in April, Festivals and a couple of big support slots to announce! Tickets and Ticket Links remain the same and valid, all VIP are still valid!” April tour dates are below.
English singer-songwriter Wendy, who was born in London, exploded onto the British music scene in 1988 as the fearless front woman of chart-topping alt-rockers Transvision Vamp. When the band disbanded Wendy went on to collaborate with Elvis Costello, James Williamson (Iggy & the Stooges), Lenny Kaye (The Patti Smith Group) and James Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), who joins her on drums and percussions for QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT. Also joining her on this album are James Sedwards (lead guitar), Harry Bohay (bass), Alex J. Ward & Terry Edwards (horn section) and Louis Vause (accordion).
Wendy’s genre defying album embraces Motown with ‘Here Comes The Beautiful One’ and recently released ‘Little Melvin’. She returns, once again, to her favourite guitar guttural filth and sex for first AA single ‘Perilous Beauty’ and an unlikely sounding love song in ‘Chicken Street’. She finds a 90’s pop groove in ‘Ratfucking’, melancholia in ‘Testimonial’, Django Reinhardt whimsy in ‘I’ll Be Here When The Morning Comes’. On ‘The Impression Of Normalcy’, Wendy says, “Thanks to James Sclavunos, who told me to “speed the fucking song up”, I have a proper speed punk song.” Finally, track 20 ‘Kill Some Time Blues’ is the ultimate 60’s girl group number.
Last year Wendy toured the UK with her permanent band THE WENDY JAMES BAND opening for The Psychedelic Furs, which was a huge success.
Wendy usually divides her time between New York City, Paris, South France and London.
LIVERPOOL O2 ACADEMY2 – SATURDAY MARCH 27TH
GUILDFORD BOILEROOM – TUESDAY MARCH 30TH
OXFORD O2 ACADEMY2 – THURSDAY APRIL 1ST
CARDIFF CLWB IFOR BACH – FRIDAY APRIL 2ND
STOKE SUGARMILL – SATURDAY APRIL 3RD
NOTTINGHAM BODEGA – TUESDAY APRIL 6TH
NEWCASTLE CLUNY – WEDNESDAY APRIL 7TH
EDINBURGH BANNERMANS – THURSDAY APRIL 8TH
PAISLEY ROCKNROLLAS – FRIDAY APRIL 9TH
GLASGOW KING TUTS WAH WAH HUT – SATURDAY APRIL 10TH
LEEDS BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB – WEDNESDAY APRIL14TH
BLACKPOOL WATERLOO MUSIC BAR – THURSDAY APRIL 15TH
MANCHESTER DEAF INSTITUTE – FRIDAY APRIL 16TH
NORWICH ARTS CENTRE – SATURDAY APRIL 17TH
TUNBRIDGE WELLS FORUM – WEDNESDAY APRIL 21ST
CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION – THURSDAY APRIL 22ND
PORTSMOUTH WEDGEWOOD ROOMS – FRIDAY APRIL 23RD
BIRMINGHAM O2 INSTITUTE3 – SATURDAY APRIL 24TH
BRISTOL FLEECE – TUESDAY APRIL 27TH
SWANSEA CINEMA & CO – WEDNESDAY APRIL 28TH
BRIGHTON CONCORDE 2 – THURSDAY APRIL 29TH
LONDON O2 ACADEMY2 ISLINGTON – FRIDAY APRIL 30TH
Tickets and VIP from https://thewendyjames.com/live
QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT is available as a 20-track deluxe gatefold double vinyl, gatefold deluxe CD, regular CD and Digital Download / Streaming. Its available to preorder at https://thewendyjames.com/store and this store is the main driver for all of Wendy’s recordings and associated art, t-shirts, all things Wendy.
She will be releasing a vinyl box set containing all the singles from Queen High Straight later this year.