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Dana Jade at Punk

May 23, 2011 by  

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Dana Jade at Punk

When she’s not lending her distinctive, Caribbean-lilted voice to the 22 strong alt-girl choir Gaggle, Dana Jade can be found coaxing out some mean blues-styled rock with her trusty Fender Strat, aided by producer/drummer Ian McKenzie and bassist John McKenzie.

Growing up amongst the soca and reggae of tropical Trinidad, Dana spent her summers soaking up the fuzzed out sounds of riot grrrl and grunge in New York. Having relocated to London a few years back, this raven-haired femme fatale is now putting her sultry vocals – part purr part growl – firmly centre stage with a style born from frustration with some current music currently filling our senses. “I get despondent when I watch music TV.” Dana explains. “I just don’t see or hear anything I can connect to”. Channelling the raucous thrills of 90’s is part of Dana’s power, but she’s equally forward thinking, as her first single Galang proves with the force of a freight train.

Expect PJ Harvey style guts and a whole lotta distortion-styled riffing from this up and coming artist, who’s been earning her spurs with her Gaggle sistren on the stages of Reading and Leeds, and carving out growing acclaim for her solo material, supporting the inimitable John Parish in the summer of last year at London’s Monto Water rats. She named one of her first song’s ‘Priestess’, a title she’s adopted for her in-progress DIY record label. ‘Priestess’ represented something of a spiritual emancipation for Dana, a growing sense of frustration at how women were made subservient, even vilified, in orthodox religion.

Dana Jade releases her debut single Little Sister via Priestess Records and Dana plays the following London gig this Wednesday

Attack Wednesday
Venue : Punk, 14 Soho St, London W1D 3DN
Date : Wed 25th May 2011
Stage time – 9.45pm
Support from: Deedee Loves ME / Kieran Ayres / Rachel Golding

Her debut LP is released later this year, and will be preceded by this (double A side) released via Dana’s own independent label, Priestess Records UK in April.



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