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Catharsis looks different for everyone— knowing how you find peace and stability in an ever-changing world is integral to survival. Miriam Devora, vocalist for Philadelphia’s own power-pop group Queen of Jeans, has found her solace in writing their new album If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid—and occasionally in some good old fashion baseball bat demolition, expertly shot in their new music video for single “Get Lost.”
2016 changed the way a lot of us saw the world, Miriam included. There was an overwhelming sense of fear that came with Trump’s election, and coupled with the loss of her mother two weeks before she was due in the studio, this album became an exercise in showing that there is power in vulnerability. If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid acts as a bold invitation to its listeners to embrace their own experiences, despite the inherent fear that comes with being honest with the people around you (and with yourself).
“My hope is that openly sharing my story and expressing myself through my vulnerabilities will help others that might feel lost right now," Miri explains.
The video for “Get Lost” has an enchanting buzz that seems to only be intensified when Miri stares into the lens of the camera, breaking the cinematic fourth wall to create an immediate connection with first time listeners. There’s a pure, soaring & lulling quality to the way she delivers lines about trying to “be way cooler, but not colder”—and matched with quirky blink-and-you’ll-miss-‘em frames (my favorite being the extra mystery set of hands that timely delivers a keyboard to guitarist Mattie), the videos is a perfect introduction to a band that embraces their “square” qualities.
But furthering the aesthetic of the band isn’t what makes this video special. It’s the way it showcases destruction as a comfort and chance to rebuild that makes it worth the 4:20 seconds it runs. A baseball bat to a vase causes an explosion—but one of glitter that’s matched by a knowing smirk on Miri’s face is an image that reimagines mess and chaos as a chance for new beginnings, instead of letting one hit take you out of the running.
7/19 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
7/20 – Portland, ME @ Aura
7/21 – Woodstock, NY @ Colony
7/23 – Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon
7/24 – Buffalo, NY @ Rec Room
7/25 – London, ON @ Rum Runners
7/26 – Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall
7/27 – Scranton, PA @ Stage West
7/28 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium upstairs
7/30 – Lakewood, OH @ The Phantasy
7/31 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
8/1 – Indianpolis, IN @ Old National Centre
8/2 – Bloomington, IN @ The Castle Theatre
8/3 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
8/4 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s
8/6 – Newport, KY @ The Southgate House Revival
8/7 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
8/8 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
8/9 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Peabody’s Nightclub
8/10 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
9/5 – Washington, D.C. @ Songbyrd
9/6 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
9/7 – New York, NY @ Goldsounds
9/8 – Boston, MA @ Once Ballroom