QUEEN KWONG Releases New Single “Without You, Whatever”

“Carré Callaway’s tough-as-nails attitude mixes oddly with her esoteric innocence. You wouldn’t expect the freckled-face singer to lead a ‘visceral rock’ band named Queen Kwong.” – LA WEEKLY

“Singing through a stinging lyrical letter… ‘I Know Who You Are’ borders the delirium and darkness of divorce and finding a way out.” – Flaunt

“The first single, ‘I Know Who You Are’ is an absolute shiver-inducing stunner, with its haunted, slow-build introduction, jarringly jagged grooves, and thundering, industrial-punk sonics.” BlackBook

Releases her take on a ‘pop’ song
Without You, Whatever

Premieres via Under The Radar

Couples Only – The New Album
Out July 12th via Sonic Ritual

MAY 17, 2022 (Los Angeles, CA) — Today LA-based Queen Kwong (a.k.a. Carré Kwong Callaway) shares her latest single “Without You, Whatever” from her forthcoming Joe Cardamone (The Icarus Line / Dark Mark vs Skeleton Joe) produced album Couples Only, out July 12 via Sonic Rituall. It follows “On The Run,” which featured keys and synths by Roger O’Donnell (The Cure).

The one and only ‘pop’ song Carré has ever written, “Without You, Whatever,” is about missing a person despite knowing their impact was laced with negativity. “Initially, it wasn’t even going to be on the record,” Callaway says. “When I recorded it, I was just trying to entertain Joe (Cardamone) by singing in falsetto and trying to imitate Bowie. When I sent the folder of tracks to Tchad Blake [Arctic Monkeys, Elvis Costello, Fiona AppleI said, ‘oh, don’t bother mixing Without You, Whatever because I’m not going to release it,’ and Tchad basically said, ‘WTF? That’s your single!’ So he mixed it and I added it to the record at the last minute. It’s nearly impossible for me to sing because it’s so high and out of my range, but I like that it’s extremely different from anything I’ve ever released.”

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A few years ago, Carré was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and told she may only have a decade left to live. As a result of the condition, she’s prone to episodes where her lungs fill up with blood and she’s literally drowning. If that wasn’t bad enough, two months after her diagnosis, her husband jumped ship.

Queen Kwong
photo credit: Laura-Mary Carter

Couples Only could be described as a divorce record, but really it’s much more than that.  Carré’s third album is a fearless account of facing the worst betrayals and accepting the deepest losses; it’s the realization of one’s mortality and the impermanence of everything we know and cherish. 

Assembling a notable cadre of contributing musician friends including The Cure’s Roger O’Donnell (keyboards), Swans’ Kristof Hahn (lap steel) and Blood Red Shoes’ Laura-Mary Carter (backing vocals) who appear on assorted tracks on the upcoming LP, Carré worked closely with friends and allies, including Joe Cardamone of The Icarus Line, and Tchad Blake (Arctic Monkeys, Elvis Costello, Fiona Apple), who mixed the record.

What The Press Is Saying:
“With a swaggering bass rhythm and layers of sharply distorted guitars and feedback, the song [‘I Know Who You Are’] relates to Kwong’s approach to music as a means to cope with trauma, the lyrics at once ugly and cathartic at the revelation of toxicity in a relationship and the necessary separation from it.” – ReGen Magazine

“Powerful, creepy, beautiful… Callaway has often been compared to the likes of Iggy Pop or Patti Smith.  That’s fair (and flattering), but if she keeps building and changing, Callaway’s music will allow no comparisons.”  – BUST

“’I Know Who You Are’ commences with a slow burning, atmospheric introduction comprised of dream-like soundscapes, before heavily distorted, razor sharp guitars and Callaway’s mesmeric vocals filter in to make up the verses.” – Louder Sound

“Queen Kwong creates a romantic ballad that’s anything but. The video [‘On The Run’] doesn’t end well for the contestants, but the song is heartfelt and self-aware. You can slow-dance to this!.” – Riff Magazine

“Industrial sounding with potent lyrics and ethereal vocals, ”I Know Who You Are” melts into your brain like a liquid hot metal swirling around and hissing until finally cooled.” – Grimy Goods

 “[It’s] an album that is stylistically diverse; from the dark, throbbing of ‘I Know Who You Are,’ to the fuzzy doo-wop sound of latest single ‘On the Run.'” – The Indy Review

“The experimental rock cut offers up off-kilter and ominous melodies, coupled with Callaway’s hypnotic vocals.” – Stereoboard

Queen Kwong
photo credit: Laura-Mary Carter

Interestingly, Callaway hadn’t picked up an instrument for nearly a year before going into the studio. Instead, she was filling her time with other projects—after graduating from university with honors, she founded an all-natural skincare line, co-starred in American Primitive film series Quarentina, launched the immensely entertaining music podcast Never Meet Your Idols, and is nearly finished with her first collection of sculptural artwork scheduled to show next year. 

“I don’t play music because it’s fun,” she explains. “It’s a coping mechanism. It’s for survival. I have to keep playing music because it’s my way of allowing myself to feel.” 

Queen Kwong has been making music since 2005 when she was discovered by Trent Reznor who invited her to open Nine Inch Nails’ With Teeth tour (2005), and again in 2009 and 2018. She has released two albums (Get a Witness in 2015 and Love Me to Death in 2018) and two EPs (2013’s Bad Lieutenant and 2019’s Oh Well).

Needless to say, Couples Only is Carré setting the record straight, and across these 11 songs, she takes no prisoners.  It will be released on July 12, 2022 via Sonic Ritual.

Couples Only

1. I Know Who You Are
3. Sad Man
4. Death In Reverse
5. The Mourning Song
6. No Rules
7. Stanley (RIP)
8. On The Run
9. Biggest Mistake
10. Giver Taker Faker
11. Without You, Whatever


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