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Newcastle’s indie pop band The Hemp Queens prepare to release their debut album, Everything We’ve Done So Far, on 3rd May. As the title suggests, the release includes almost everything from the EPs and singles they‘ve released in the past two years and provides a great jumping off point for listeners new to their sound. Here, we find out everything we can about the band...

Who are you?
I’m Callum Wilson of The Hemp Queens!

What is it you do?
We make music that you could broadly call indie pop, but we do songs in lots of different genres. I write and produce – there’s lots of samples and keyboards – and do some of the vocals. I then get my mates, and a few people I found on Fiverr, to do live instrumentation and sing with prettier voices than my own. My main partner-in-crime is Sarah Candace – we perform the songs as a duo at gigs.

How long have you been doing it?
The Hemp Queens have only been a thing for a couple of years, but I’ve been making music for a long time – I released a couple of solo albums in 2015 and 2020. Sarah does solo music too, she recently supported Hekla Goodman at the Cluny.

What inspires you?
Alternative ‘80s music is a particularly big inspiration. We created a fictional ‘80s new wave band, Inner Suspicion – on April Fools Day last year, we released a single and claimed it was a reissue of their one hit. We then made a mockumentary about them and interviewed Martin McAloon (Prefab Sprout) for it. We have lots of different influences though – I remember once making a chaotic list of influences that included Public Enemy, Mitski, The Beatles and Black Eyed Peas.

Tell us about your music
On 3rd May we have an album coming out called Everything We’ve Done So Far. All the singles and EP tracks we released in 2023 and 2022 are on it. The production of our first EP is very DIY, but our stuff from last year is slicker, and none of the songs on the album are like each other. There’s an electro punk one, a rap one, a blues song. There’s even a Vengaboys song done in the style of Leonard Cohen. It’s all pretty goofy – my two solo albums were dark and serious so I’m trying to lighten up.

What have you got coming up in the future?
We’ve done four gigs so far and we’d love to do more. As far as new music’s concerned, we’re not sure. We have some ideas about what we’ll like to do next.

Where can people find out more about you?
Follow us on Instagram, and our music’s on Spotify and Bandcamp.

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