Zee Davine & The Unholies - Futurama Festival 2022


Zee Davine & The Unholies

Where do you go after Iggy Pop has named you “the next Iggy Pop?” Zee Davine’s answer was into glorious obscurity. With the split of queercore outfit Queen Zee, at what NME termed the height of their success, most people couldn’t understand why.  Queen Zee won their hearts of both the new oddballs and weirdos in Liverpool but also the older punks and goths from the were Erics and Planet X scene.  Their blend of psychedelia covered punk, queer culture glam and onstage self-mutilation had earned the Merseyside five piece an adoring cult fanbase. As a front person and songwriter, Davine lead the band from being hand-picked by Billy Bragg to play his Leftfield stage at Glastonbury ’19, as well as Reading & Leeds, Download Festival and across Europe. Queen Zee graced Brixton Academy’s legendary stage while on tour with the iconic and immense Skunk Anansie and some of the largest and most revered venues in the UK with the Zutons. After the self-release of their 2019 debut record, feeling as though the job was done, the band split. It wasn’t long before Davine’s next release came in the form of new three-piece project Tokky Horror’s debut single. Praised by Radio X’s John Kennedy as a “the glory of digital hardcore” it was apparent that Davine could not stop himself from writing and a return was imminent. As Tokky Horror continued their string of releases on Alcopop! Records, sonically now more akin to the guitar infused rave acts of the early 90’s than the generations hardcore punk bands, Davine announced another new project. Zee Davine and accompanying band The Unholies, would be Davine’s first solo venture and if previous behaviour is anything to judge by, it will be another turn into an opposite and unexpected direction.