Monday, May 30, 2011

The Lips- We Are The Lips EP

The Lips are a band from New Jersey. But it's actually just a guy from New Jersey! Anthony Laido, who does everything in the music but the drums- the drummer varies. He's 19, and already has more accomplishments than you will in your entire pathetic life. Go cure cancer or something.
Anyway, he's unsigned and does everything independently, from marketing to mixing to releasing. Idle and I are in agreement that he sounds slightly like the White Stripes mixed with the 90s mixed with Courtney Love minus the drugs and adding a little more talent. Did that make sense?
You can buy his debut full length, A Generation in a Jar, on iTunes. This EP is available on bandcamp.

"White Lights", Anthony's first single, is a great song. First off, he's a wonderful lyricist and an even better vocalist. His voice is gruff and relaxed, but it still seems to have a soft-powerful sound to it. The guitar riff is very catchy. It really has a 90s feel to it without the bad fashion or meth craze. 
"Antisocial Personality Disorder" is so addictive. The Lips' are very mellow. The song has a simple melody that doesn't change much throughout the song, but hell. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
"Mathematics" scares me. But only the lyrics. The song itself rocks.
Lastly, "Your Mom Has Cancer" is brilliant. It's a bluesy rock song with amazing vocals and a powerful melody- not to mention a hilariously dreary theme and shocking lyrics.

Anthony Laido and his drummer make a great duo. It's garage rock, it's new, it's original, it's thought provoking- but who really knows what it is? It's a brilliant, sometimes controversial and always catchy production of sounds and I love it. This isn't just the work of a musician, it's the work of an artist, and I mean that. Even if it isn't your kind of music, you have to admit that the sound has something special to it.

Check The Lips out on facebook for something interesting to drink coffee and smoke cigarettes to. Here is us.