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Toronto’s own punk rock dynamos, The Anti-Queens, have unleashed their latest LP, Disenchanted, on the world. Released via Stomp Records, this new offering is available both digitally and on vinyl, promising to be a must-have for fans of raucous, hook-laden anthems. After a decade of domination in Toronto’s punk scene, The Anti-Queens continue to challenge the male-dominated industry with their ferocious energy and unyielding spirit.

Led by the unstoppable duo of Emily Bones and Valerie Knox, the band’s latest album is a testament to their resilience and creativity. Disenchanted was recorded at Drive Studios in Toronto with the expert touch of Steve Rizun and Dave Baksh, ensuring every track pulses with raw, unfiltered emotion. With influences like Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Distillers, and L7, The Anti-Queens deliver a collection that is both nostalgic and fiercely modern.

The songwriting, crafted by Bones and Knox over the pandemic, delves deep into themes of vulnerability and self-worth, creating a sonic journey that is both introspective and empowering. “Nothing is held back and everything is on the table,” the band declares, promising a listening experience that is as magical as it is melancholic.

Accompanying the release of Disenchanted is the music video for the track “Overthinking.” Directed by Michael Crusty and Valerie Knox and produced by Crusty Media, the video is a visual feast filmed in Uxbridge, ON, capturing the essence of carefree summer days. The narrative contrasts these warm, joyful scenes with introspective indoor shots taken in January 2024 at GS209 in Etobicoke, ON. The result is a poignant depiction of the mental spiral of overthinking, with summer footage projected onto studio walls, blending both worlds in a visually stunning harmony.

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Founded by Emily Bones in 2012, The Anti-Queens have made a significant impact on the international punk rock stage. Their relentless touring across Canada, the U.S., and Europe, alongside acts like Danko Jones and Protest The Hero, and their festival appearances at events like 77 MTL and Montebello Rockfest, have cemented their reputation as a powerhouse live act.

Disenchanted is packed with everything fans love about The Anti-Queens: defiant anthems, heartfelt angry love songs, and biting social commentaries. It’s an album for rebels, misfits, and anyone who finds solace in the cathartic power of punk rock. This summer, let The Anti-Queens’ latest masterpiece be the soundtrack to your defiance and your dance, your anger and your joy.


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