Honolulu's Queens of Cloning

Honolulu's Queens of Cloning

Clones of the Queen

In the summer of 2009, in an old bank vault atop a coffee shop in Honolulu; Ara Laylo, Paul Bajcar and Matthew McVickar got together and created a unique sound far from any other band coming out of the islands. This was the birth of “Clones of the Queen”.

Their name comes from the species of ant called Mycocepurus smithii, where every individual ant is a genetic duplicate of the Queen. Which really tells the style of this band as their talents mix so well it’s hard to tell where one leaves off and the other begins.

To be honest, I’ve never been a big fan of electronica except for some Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead. Clones of the Queen, or “COTQ”; opened my eyes to something new.

Ara’s vocals are like an intoxicating mix of jazz and synth-pop leaving ghost-like images in Technicolor. Paul’s guitar artwork with FX/Distortion pedals is like adding sugar to electric kool-aid. Matthews mastery of live electronics, mixing percussions and synth loops to craft together the signature sound of Clones.

Gate” is their first self-released EP and they have a new LP coming out early next year. There is already buzz about their new song “Rapture” from the LP.

They’ve had the privilege to open for visiting bands in Honolulu like Menomena, Diplo, Toro Y Moi, Little Dragon and Warpaint. They’ve played every venue on the Honolulu music scene, including the Honolulu Academy of Arts and Contemporary Museum of Honolulu.

They’ve gained plenty of notoriety in the local media and the Boston Phoenix awarded them with the 2011 Best New Band in America feature.

Their live show is a psychedelic experience and you can catch them playing at the Mercury Bar on December 17th.