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“Black Queen Speaks' own description of itself is better than any other we could possibly come up: They sound like Jane's Addiction and Soundgarden got their asses kicked by James Brown.
Their music is an electric fusion of hard rock, blues, and funk, a combination that has made us fairly leery of many, many more inept bands. What Black Queen Speaks bring to the table is, well... not sucking at it. The result is electric and dirty, music that acts as a neon sign spotlighting the kind of sex that was illegal in this city until recently. It's hate music to make love to, is what we're trying to say.” – Houston Press, 2011
Black Queen Speaks (BQS) is a hard rock band out of Houston, TX. Formed in May of 2008, the members gravitated toward each other in hopes of producing music that spoke to the passion in people. It starts with the tight, grooving licks of bass player Pez Lopez. Many a hip has been compelled to sway at the insistence of this soulful BQS bass player. Drummer Josh Skiffington adds lyrical, driving beats that make BQS’ rhythm section a strange amalgamation of rock, funk and R&B. The music is enlivened when the Black Queen’s guitar player, D2 Day, joins in with passionate and fiery rock riffs. D2 lets everyone know that this is indeed rock and roll, an old flavor remade perhaps, but the same passion bands like Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, Jane’s Addiction and others wanted to evoke in people. BQS has other facets as well. Singer, Mike Blas, imbue the band with an esoteric and ethereal presence. BQS has been told by listeners that they can hear The Doors and a Pink Floyd influence. Blas’ lyrics and tendency toward soul-infused melodies makes you question: Am I in Heaven or…?