Most Boston music fans will recognize Jen D’Angora (a/k/a Jenny Dee) as the singer/guitarist in the punk/pop darlings The Dents. When The Dents split up, D’Angora started working on a new batch of songs that were slightly different from the material she’d written for her other bands and decided to indulge in her love of the girl group sounds of the 60's.
Most Boston music fans will recognize Jen D’Angora (a/k/a Jenny Dee) as the singer/guitarist in garage stalwarts The Downbeat 5 as well as punk/pop darlings The Dents. When The Dents split up three years ago and The Downbeat 5 started playing out less frequently, D’Angora started working on a new batch of songs that were slightly different from the material she’d written for her other bands and decided to indulge in her love of the girl group sounds of the 60's.
“I’ve been a fan of that music since I was really young and my interest was rejuvenated as I started getting into Blondie and The New York Dolls – their interpretation of songs by the Shangri Las and other groups fascinated me. That’s basically what this record’s about – writing in a style that I love, having a great time, and working with amazing people.” says D’Angora.
The Deelinquents formed soon thereafter, with Tony Goddess from Papas Fritas/The Rudds (guitar), Eric Salt (guitar), Phil Aiken (keyboards), Ed Valauskas from The Gravel Pit/The Gentlemen (bass), and Eric Anderson (drums). In addition to the core band, Jen added sister Beka Dangora and Samantha Goddess to sing harmonies and dance their asses off.
“There isn't a music on earth that better suits D'Angora's voice than girl-group-era R&B, straight-up, and that's what she's singing here - with bonus points for writing songs that hold their own next to the classics. (There's a Daptone-like quality to her recordings that makes you do audio double-takes: are you sure this shit wasn't recorded in 1964?).” - The Boston Phoenix
Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents’ full-length debut - Keeping Time, is out March 2 on Q-Dee Records. The single and title track - “Keeping Time” charted in the Top 20 Downloads on Amazon.com. The record features 10 D’Angora penned originals and a cover of The Flamin' Groovies "Shake Some Action" which was originally released as a 7” on the Spanish Label Lovemonk, which lead to a headlining club tour in Spain and an appearance at the Azkena Rock Festival opening for The Breeders.
“The Deelinquents treatment is classic Motown, with a James Jamerson bass riff and a piano and sax straight out of the Four Tops, while Dee's vocal at the fade-out is much less restrained than any female singer was ever allowed to be at that label.” – New Haven Advocate
The band recently caught the attention of Girl Group/Phil Spector legend, La La Brooks – former lead singer for The Crystals (“Da Doo Ron Ron”, “Then He Kissed Me”) and are currently serving as her backing band. La La and The Deelinquents will be performing at this year’s Ponderosa Stomp Festival in New Orleans in September.
“I’m fascinated by the fact that these girls & guys are doing material that’s inspired by the things we did with Phil Spector in the ’60’s. I think it pays tribute to a classic sound which will always be fresh and which will never become dated over time.” says Brooks.
The band has been touring the Northeast regulary in support of the record, showcased at the SXSW, Pop Montreal and were the opening act for J. Geils Band and Aerosmith Concert at Fenway Park last August.