As they gear up to release their new EP this June, London-based electro rockers Dronningen first unveil its lead single and title track in the rousing shape of Sugarbox. It is a song which, whilst still nurturing the electronic escapades which marked their previous releases, shows a new snarl and raw texture in the band’s sound. It has a punk essence which seems to fit very easily with the Dronningen instincts to rock ‘n’ roll, giving their still very danceable exploits an organic and feral quality very easy to get greedy over.
The make-up of the band is certainly cosmopolitan with lead vocalist/guitarist Beatrice Bonnano and lead guitarist Vito Cerasia Italy bred, drummer Amélie Gerbet hailing from France, and bassist Wai Ting So arriving in England from Hong Kong; all united in the urge and passion to create rock ‘n’ roll. The band released its well-received debut EP Royal Riot last year and though there was the Carry On Dancing demo two years previous, it was the spark to a growing attention upon the band, one which, if the single is anything to go by which will escalate with the Sugarbox EP.
Its initial slither of electro bait ignites an earthy surge of riffs and rhythms guided by the attitude laced vocals of Bonnano. That punk air is as much in appearance in voice as sound, Sugarbox stomping through ears like a mix of Veruca Salt, Cauldronated, and Honey Bane. Guitars and keys merge rawer hues with melodic flirtation, the bass bridging both with its shadowy tone as beats crispy land. Body and spirit are soon wrapped up in the vivacity of the song; feet and hips swinging with its own natural instincts to dance as attitude rises with the vocal and rhythmic belligerence at play.
With virulent infectiousness soaking every aspect, Sugarbox makes a devilish invitation to the full box of creative revelry bound to be lying in wait within the upcoming Dronningen EP. It is diablerie leaving ears greedy, bodies exhausted, and the band one exciting prospect.
The Sugarbox single is out May 16th with the Sugarbox EP coming June 2017.
Pete RingMaster 10/05/2017
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