Interview – Chew Lips

June 2, 2009 by  

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London’s Chew Lips have been part of the ‘hotly tipped’ troupe of bands for quite some time now. After reportedly recording ten songs in their first rehearsal and signing to the trendiest label around Kitsune, it’s easy to see why. We decided to have a chat with singer Tigs to find out more about how they came together and what it’s been like on the road.

Who are you guys? Tell us a bit about yourselves…

We are three gunslinging, tax dodging, gay cowboys.

How would you describe your sound?

Drone disco, future classic pop, music to make love to yourself.

Who are your musical heroes? Any high-profile admirers?
We each have completely different influences. we really only share Prince and
LCD. I love Stevie Nicks and Karen Carpenter for vocals, and Neil
Young and J Mascis for lyrics. that said, Stevie’s lyrics are also
amazing. Do we have high profile admirers? I don’t know. I read a
Virgins interview today where they said they loved us, we just got
back off tour with them last week.

How long have you been playing together? How did you get
together?

O you know, friends of friends. we all lived in south east
London. I knew James, and James knew will… we got together a year
ago and played our first show on may 10th 2008. I actually asked James
if he wanted to do some music quite a while before that and he wasn’t sure.
Then he came and watched an acoustic performance and changed his mind.
The bloody fool.

What has been your musical highlight so far? And any low points?
Endless high endless lows, they’re constant. Recent high points have
been playing Manchester on the Virgins tour – Manchester always have
it – and Camden Crawl. The second night we played actually blew my mind.
low points? O just pulling into service stations for late night snacks
at 3am after a show to buy a £5 curly edged sandwich from a drooling
social retard. It is pretty dark on the road.

Why should people listen to your music?

So you don’t have to hear about us from your friends, who’ve got there first.

What makes you stand out from the other bands trying to make it big
out there?

I suppose that’s for you to decide. To understand what we
do, you need to come to a show. We are a rock band in spirit, but we
make some electro sounds. Our gigs are joyous bursts of noise, sweet
jazz biscuits.

Who are you listening to at the moment? Who are your tip for the
next few months?

I like the Virgins, they’re really fun live. Golden Silvers are good too, although
they have some seriously misjudged facial hair. Lots of terrible bands
piss me off, but we don’t do that bitching thing.

Any festival plans this year? Playing or watching?
Playing but watching once we’re there. Secret Garden Party, Bestival, Glasto,
pretty much one or two festivals each weekend for about three months,
it is going to be a fun summer. Looking forward to the European ones too,
Calvi in Corsica and Dockville in Hamburg. O god yeah.

What’s coming up next for you?

Only our next single out in June. The bass makes me want to poo
a little. It’s called Salt Air and it’ll be on Kitsune.

By Liam Clune

Chew Lips Myspace


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