Violet Crime Exclusively Stream Paper Queen EP via The Deli Chicago



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Retro-pop band Violet Crime are streaming their Paper Queen EP exclusively today via The Deli Chicago. Listen HERE. Prior to the release, the band unveiled the singles "Young", "Heard You Like The Rolling Stones" and "Paper Queen", which collectively garnered praise from publications such as The Daily HeraldAtwood Magazine and Substream Magazine, who noted, "There's no shortage of local, up and coming acts in the Midwest - specifically Chicago - but there's not a lot that are like Violet Crime." The Paper Queen EP will be released officially tomorrow, 6/14, via Play Together--a Chicago-based social impact label. In celebration, Violet Crime will be playing an official EP release show at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago on Saturday, 6/29. For more information on Violet Crime, please visit:

The music of Violet Crime can best be described as a modern take on vintage sounds. The group, comprising Jeff Mills (vocals), Selina Doran (vocals/guitar), Tom Goier (lead guitar), Kasey Gandham (bass) and Kevin Nagel (drums), have been praised for their powerful dual vocal performances, as well as their blend of indie, pop, soul, blues and jazz into one unique retro-pop genre.

For the Paper Queen EP, Violet Crime deliberately signed on with pop-punk heavyweights Sam Guainana (Like Pacific, Story Untold, Silverstein, Young Culture), and Derek DiScanio (vocalist of State Champs), with the intention of creating a modern wrapper for their vintage sound. The group traveled to Toronto to record with Guaiana for 10 days and worked remotely with DiScanio via video to achieve this unique blend.

"This is the first record where both Jeff and Selina sing together, so we really wanted the production to highlight their vocal performances", says the band. "Between Sam's experience with vocal-driven pop-punk music, and Derek's own work with State Champs, we knew they could help us achieve the sound we imagined for this project."

With the EP now complete, the band has signed with Play Together Records for its official release tomorrow, 6/14. Co-founded by Violet Crime bassist Kasey Gandham, along with education entrepreneurs Jessica Tenuta and Aneesh Kudaravalli, Play Together is a new record label that invests profits back into elementary art and music programs. Through Play Together, a portion of Violet Crime's merchandise sales will go to Intonation Music--a youth after school music program in Chicago. For more information on

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Rickie McCanna