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Prima Queen at The Cluny

Emotional indie rock is what Prima Queen do best, and opening their first UK headline tour with this gig at The Cluny showcased the duo’s intriguing creative evolution. Hailing from the London alt scene, Prima Queen cut their teeth touring with the likes of The Big Moon and Wet Leg, and it’s clear why from this beautiful live performance.

First on stage was local singer-songwriter Sarah Johnsone, who introduced us to her bouncy, soulful indie rock, including catchy new tune ‘Hurricane’. Then came the curiosities of Tapir; donning giant papier-mâché heads, the six-piece layered melodic guitar lines with fantasy-inspired lyrics, sounding like the chilled soundtrack to a daydream.

Opening with BBC 6 Music fave ‘Chew My Cheeks’, Prima Queen are polished and affecting throughout. Weaving meandering guitar riffs with almost painfully direct lyrics, the pair swap lead vocals with ease, building up stunning harmonies to an enraptured audience.

The touching spoken word of ‘Butter Knife’ is a set highlight, speaking honestly on the pain of losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s. With the addition of gorgeous live violin, the track is devastating and enchanting. Rounding things off with fan-favourite ‘Eclipse’, a danceable, catchy slice of rock, it’s evident that Prima Queen have found their place in the UK indie scene, and they deserve every opportunity coming their way.

Leonie Bellini

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