After guesting for Delphic on their recent tour, and by way of a preliminary warm-up to their own headline dates, Chew Lips should, as you read, be captivating and wowing expectant young Americans on a four night stint in Austin Texas. Showcasing their talents to an ever bigger and more appreciative audience the sarf London triumvirate of Tigs, Will & James will be hoping to 'go down a storm' in front of the eager SXSW burgeoning masses.
Formed in 2008, Chew Lips were almost immediately thrust into the limelight by Steve Lamacq's attention, and his request that they be included in the line up for that years Electric Proms on the 'Introducing' stage. Following many more gigs, a few singles, the odd relatively successful dance remix and some very complimentary critique, Chew Lips have produced their debut album 'Unicorn'.
Synth drenched, arcade game sampling, seriously danceable proper pop is always going to be difficult to resist. Somewhat reminiscent of the early Eurythmics as they 'found their sound' towards their second album with 'Sweet Dreams', and before they over produced the bejesus out of it with their next, Unicorn is a fabulous mixture of electro, synth, sequencer and tantalising female vocal. Throw in some guitar and bass to avoid tedium and voila, a triumph of chart troubling tunes. Well, that's the way it should be, time will tell if they've missed the 80's retro boat or if they can set themselves apart.
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