Queen Cult is a four-piece rock pop band from Macclesfield in the United Kingdom, led by Maisie Johnson and Leila Jacklin, with Brodie Carson on percussion and Piers Jarvis on rhythm guitar.
The band released their debut single “Shindigger” in June 2019, which was promoted by Spotify on their ‘Best New Bands’ playlist as well as by BBC Introducing, where they were interviewed and performed a live session.
Throughout the pandemic, Queen Cult have been working quietly behind the scenes, delaying their planned releases until they are able to play live once more. They set up shop in an old cotton mill in Macclesfield in 2020 and focused on their writing. They’re now working on their debut EP, which will be released in early 2022, beginning with the rollout of their new single called “Show & Tell”.
Over the summer Queen Cult performed at the Your City Festival in Stoke in July 2021, performed at the first Pssy Culture night in Sheffield in August, and are also set to perform at the rescheduled Hit The North Festival in Newcastle in October, with more UK dates to be added. They identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+).
Speaking about the inspiration behind the single, Queen Cult say, “‘Show & Tell’ was written in such unprecedented times during the pandemic, when we were feeling the most physically and mentally tested by the world – not only from our own point of view, but everyone around us too.
The song details our struggles and our perspective on the government’s response to the pandemic. Living in a small town, we watched nothing get done by the floppy haired twit. As Mary Antoinette once fed brioche to the poor… we sat hopelessly watching the news and thought, ‘why don’t we just eat some cake?'”
Listen to the song here: