Crying Beauty Queens are an atmospheric alternative rock band based in Manchester. Taking influence from Fugazi’s melodies mixed with The Pixies’ dynamics and a Cranberries kind of mood, they provide something unique to the Manchester Music Scene.
Introduce yourselves to our readers, who you are, what you play and how you formed:
We are Crying Beauty Queens – a three piece band from Manchester. Paddy is the youngest of the group and plays drums, Alex is the oldest of the group and plays bass and Jordan is the shortest of the group (and most other adults) and plays guitar as well as sings. We formed in March 2018 with Alex joining the band a few months after we released our first two singles and we all met in 2014 at a music summer-school. From there, all 3 of us participated in various music related projects, but we decided to officially start Crying Beauty Queens once we started to write our own music.
What style of music would you describe yourself as and what influences do you draw upon?
A difficult question! Describing our music has always been an issue for us because we still aren’t completely sure which category we fall into. We’d say at the moment we are a form of atmospheric alternative rock, but when we first started writing it was very much folk influenced rock. Our sound is forever changing! We all love a wide variety of music, with Jordan coming from a folk background, Paddy coming from a punk background and Alex coming from a rock/pop background. Our main influences as a band include The Pixies, Fugazi and The Cranberries but we take influence from everywhere we can to try and get our own original sound.
What are you currently up to at the moment music wise?
At the moment we’re trying to gig as much as we can to get our name out there. We’ve also recently started gigging in cities other than Manchester which has been a really fun experience. We’ve just signed a development deal with MAS Records so we’re in the middle of sorting out some demo and studio recordings to prepare for our 4th single, as well as planning our first UK tour which will hopefully be around April 2020 (however this is not concrete!) so all exciting things to come!
And outside of music, how’s life in general?
Not too bad at the minute thanks for asking! We’re all currently studying at various different places at the moment, with Alex studying sound technology and recording, Jordan studying music business and Paddy studying music and history, so it’s just been a case of juggling all of our activities. All 3 of us are very busy people! But we’re excited to be focussing on the band over the next year and can’t wait to see what opportunities we are lucky enough to receive.
What’s the most happiest lyric you’ve ever written?
This is probably the hardest question we get asked in interviews because Jordan has literally never written a happy song to date!! The happiest lyric we’ve ever written is probably from one of our newer songs ‘Darling’: ‘I sense you’re nervous, but darling I don’t mind, cause in my head you’re perfect’. Looking back, Darling is actually a fairly happy song.
And the saddest?
Where to begin – we’re actually a lot more fun than we make it sound we swear! The saddest lyrics we’ve probably written are from the chorus of our first single ‘Taking Over’: ‘Another day and we’re fighting demons, turn another way and we’re hiding’ and ‘Another minute and the bomb ticks faster, silent explosions fire, a different season and we’re still screaming under our breaths as we slowly drown’. … See, a bundle of fun!!
Would you rather live in a Yellow Submarine or an Octopus’s Garden and why?
This is Alex’s kind of question! (He’s Beatles obsessed). He’s decided he would rather live in a Yellow Submarine because the Beatles stated that they all lived in the Yellow Submarine whereas Ringo says he is the only one in the Octopuses Garden so he’d get to meet all four of them in the submarine. Jordan and Paddy both said they’d prefer to chill with the octopuses.
What’s the best venue you’ve played so far and what would be your dream venue?
The best venue we’ve ever played is definitely Night and Day in Manchester – the crowd and atmosphere was amazing and the stage was a lot bigger than we’re used to so we had enough room to bop about. The sound at the venue was also great which is always really helpful! The dream venue for Alex would be Manchester Arena as he’s been going there since he was 8 years old, for Jordan it would be Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury because it would be great to experience playing in front of so many people as well as sharing a bill with so many other amazing artists, and for Paddy it would be main stage at Leeds Festival because we all went to Leeds festival this year and had a great time watching both bands we knew and also getting to hear new stuff.
If you could support any band, past or present, who would it be and why?
For Paddy, it would be Neutral Milk Hotel not because we sound similar to them or are on their level, but because they are his hero’s and to watch them play every night (if they were still touring) would be something dreams are made of. For Alex, it would be Mötley Crüe because they probably had some mad parties, and for Jordan it would be Pink Floyd because again, getting to watch them play every night would be awesome.
What’s the best thing about being in a band?
Getting to play with people you know and love and having both that personal and musical connection. Also being able to wind each other up at every opportunity possible! It’s such a great feeling to be in a band where you can just have fun and not worry about what everyone else is thinking. There’s a lot of competition in the music industry these days so knowing you have a good support system around you is crucial.
And the hardest…?
Hardest thing is overcoming disagreements when we’re writing new songs. A lot of the time we’ll want to do different things and take a new song in different directions so we have a process now where we try out each idea everyone has, then come to a decision at the end of what we’re going to do to make the song sound the best it can possibly sound. Overall though we’re pretty blessed to be in the band we are because we all gel quite well and work past problems of difficulties very quickly and efficiently due to how well we know each other.
Sum your band up in three words:
Always moving forward.
What tune should readers listen to right now that sums you up the best?
Our latest single ‘Stupid’ probably sums up the latest phase of our sound and where we’re at currently so go check that out!
Liam or Noel?
Boris or Jezza?
Pineapple on pizza – yes or no?
Alex says yes because he’s gross. Jordan and Paddy say hard no.
Beatles or Stones?
Alex and Paddy both say the Beatles. Jordan says Stones just to see the look on Alex’s face.