Not much beats a stacked double bill of local favorites, and that must be just what Slaughter Beach, Dog had in mind when booking their upcoming tour. It’ll be the band’s first headlining run since last fall, when they released their debut LP Birdie, and for the East Coast leg of the tour, Thin Lips is coming along (the second half of the tour gets Gladie, which is pretty cool, too). The two Lame-O labelmates will join forces at PhilaMOCA on August 25. Continue reading →
Yesterday, Thin Lips graced us with an excitingly ambiguous teaser for a July 27th release titled Chosen Family. Now the queer-punk trio have delivered the album’s lead single, the bittersweet rocker “A Song For Those Who Miss You All The Time.” Channeling the fuzzy spirit of their 2016 Riff Hard LP with a shiny new coat of hi-fi production (assisted by Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan), the song pits an infectious riff against heartfelt lyrics that pay tribute to the late younger brother of vocalist Chrissy Tashjian. The words are heartbreaking, but the song is far from morose. The jubilant interplay between howling dual guitars and Tashjian’s soaring vocals make for a cathartic anthem that reaffirms the singular power of pop music to draw strength, release, and even a melancholy joy out of heartbreak.Continue reading →
Even if the exact details of this news are still a little fuzzy, it’s great news nonetheless: Thin Lips appears to be releasing something in the very near future. It’s been two years since the Philly power punk trio lead by Chrissy Tashjian released its last full-length, Riff Hard, but they’ve since kept busy with lots of touring (for Tashjian, that includes touring in Hop Along), plenty of local shows, and a Shaking Through session.
Now, we have reason to believe that new tunes may be on their way. This afternoon, Lame-O Records posted something on its social media accounts that caught our attention. It’s a video clip, and it’s only a minute long, but it seems like it just may be a snippet of a new Thin Lips song. Thin Lips shared the video, too, writing simply, “Things are about to pop off!!!” Fine with us. Continue reading →
In the latest installment of Philly’s premiere music doc series, Shaking Through, Brian McTear and the rest of the gang at Weathervane Music welcomed local punks Thin Lips, along with Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan, to record a new track titled, “So Stoned.” Spoiler alert: it’s a pretty flippin’ good episode. Continue reading →
Times are busy for Philly’sThin Lips — the band has a new record in the works and an episode of Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through series coming out in a few days, and now singer/guitarist Chrissy Tashjian is featured on WHYY’s The Pulse health and science podcast, discussing some of the challenges she faces while making music. Continue reading →
After preparing some tasty frittatas in Drago’s kitchen, Kyle Pulley of Thin Lips joined Dan for an early morning convo for the 80th episode of 25 O’Clock.
The two begin their chat how all chats should start: by paying reverence to the gods that are the Beatles. This transitions into a bemoaning of the stupidly low appreciation for bass players, and the need for negative space in songs — all of which are stances I totally concur with. Continue reading →
Local bands are teaming up for a run of benefit festivals this spring, supporting organizations that are crucial to queer and POC communities. Electrifest: Radical Queer Empowered Healthcare and Wellness expands the fest model to include symposium-style discussions on April 8th and 9th at The Rotunda, while the 4th annual Get Better Fest supports the Trans Assistance Project, Youth Emergency Services, and Women Against Abuse on April 28th at Glittery Gallery, April 29th at the First Unitarian Church, and April 30th at PhilaMOCA.
It’s a month of Lame-O Records at South Philly venue Boot & Saddle, and it’s a month of Lame-O here at The Key. With the local DIY label putting together such a strong lineup of mostly-local artists we’re psyched on for their Thursday night gigs, we’re taking out some time each week to highlight the series on these pages and on the WXPN airwaves.
This week, Chrissy Tashjian — frontwoman of power pop punk four-piece Thin Lips — joined me on the XPN Local Show for a guest DJ set of songs that inspire her as a guitarist, tonally and emotionally and energetically. It’s music she listens to during her 9-to-5 as a contractor, she says, and it gets her through the day. It also happens to be music made by her friends, and Chrissy talks about that feeling of community and camaraderie, about the home that the label has made for her, especially as she prepares to go to Europe for the first time on a Thin Lips tour with Lame-O affiliates Modern Baseball, The Superweaks and The Pooches.
Chrissy also talks about the importance of The Attic Youth Center, which Thin Lips’ show at the Boot acts as a benefit for. It’s a center for a LGBTQ youth, and as Tashjian says, “It’s so hard being a queer person in your formative years…which are confusing for anybody, with the hierarchy of cruelty that is middle school and high school. [The Attic] is a really great space for people, a safe space.”
If you missed it, you can stream Chrissy’s entire guest DJ set and check out the playlist below. Continue reading →
Watch out everybody–Thin Lips has come down with a case of the splits! Terrible pun aside, the Philly punks have recently announced a three-way split with their soon to be tourmates Modern Baseball and The Superweaks, and their contribution, “Not Losing Sleep” is available now in all its streaming glory over at GoldFlakePaint. This track may not appear on Riff Hard, but it still does just that, meaning fans of their previous output will find a lot to love here. Continue reading →