Pop-Culture | Posted by Brian C on 12/5/2010
Support Women Artists Sunday: Chew Lips
Chew Lips are an East London based dance-pop trio, formed in spring of 2008. They consist of singer Tigs (Alicia Huertes), and multi-instrumentalists Will Sanderson and James Watkins.
After forming in early 2008, and writing ten songs in their first rehearsal session, the band played its first gig at a friends’ house party in New Cross on May 10, 2008. After performing fourteen live shows, they were asked by BBC DJ Steve Lamacq to feature on the BBC Introducing stage at the Electric Proms in October 2008. Lamacq has continued to support the band who, to date, have won his Rebel Playlist vote more times than any other act. The name Chew Lips comes from a character in the Brendan Behan book Borstal Boy.
Chew Lips headlined the inaugural Don’t Feed Oscar club night in December 2008 held at the Vortex club in Dalston.
Chew Lips have attracted celebrity support from the likes of DJ Lauren Laverne and comedian Mathew Horne who has praised the band numerous times via his Twitter account. Chew Lips released their debut album Unicorn on 25 January 2010, which received 4/5 stars in Q. The first single from Unicorn was a track called “Play Together” (released 18 January), which was remixed by WahWah and reached no. 5 in the Club Charts. The band are currently touring the UK and have played at one of the Skins house parties in Bristol as well as an HMV Ones to Watch Show in London. Chew Lips have appeared in a number of “Ones to Watch” lists for 2010 including NME, The Fly, Nylon, Grazia and Q. Recently they made big waves at SXSW 2010, both teen vogue and Elle (US) have tipped them for big things.
Chew Lips have been described as “minimal dance-pop” and “coupling techno beats with smart-mouthed edgy vocals”, influenced by LCD Soundsystem and Prince, and “Classic Pop”. The Guardian said they “haven’t yet mastered the killer hook or knockout chorus,” while NME say “They’ve been together barely 12 months, but they’ve already got the capital in their pockets and have (in ‘Solo’) produced one of the most exciting singles of the year.” PopDash.com also credited their album as “one of the coolest and smartest pop albums of the year.” The Fly magazine, in reviewing the “Solo” single, said that Chew Lips made “electronic pop that will get wedged in your brain from first listen”. They have also played some songs unplugged.
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