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Wet Lips

Wet LipsPowered by Audioscrobbler™There have been two bands going by the name Wet Lips.

1.) Wet Lips were an industrial metal band based in Budapest, Hungary. Formed in August 2007 by singer Estendor Lin and bassist Amola Love on the ashes of a former metal band called Sumne Malus, they gained notable attention in the Budapest underground.

After a year of playing in a failed alternative metal band, Lin and Amola decided they would try themselves at something new. They began experimenting with an electronic sound, drawing upon a range of European industrial bands like Deathstars, Dope Stars Inc. and Jesus On Extasy. The band debuted in February 2008, the original line-up consisting of Lin on vocals, Amola on bass, Daisy Moon (later known by the name Cider Williams) and Matt Synthe on guitars, Shaza Sweet on live synth and Mephisto Hate on drums. By the band's first birthday, the line-up had changed with Orcoo Lollipop, of fellow industrial metal band Dr. Melancholia, replacing Matt Synthe on guitar and Shaza Sweet leaving without replacement.

Wet Lips released their first record, simply entitled Demo 2008, in August 2008. It featured the bands 3 earliest songs. Accompanying the release, the band played shows at a number of larger venues in Budapest and supported international acts like Swedish death glam icons Sexydeath and Japanese rockers Sins of the Flesh.

Shortly after, Wet Lips started working on their next record, which was originally scheduled for release in late 2008, but was later postponed. The EP titled DEMOlition 2k9 was eventually released in April 2009 to a generally positive reception, and showcased a more mature sound and clearer artistic vision.

In May 2009, the band went on a half-year hiatus, during which bassist Amola Love left. The band continued as a quartet. Once resuming work in October, Wet Lips started playing regularly with fellow bands Dharma and Dr. Melancholia. Lin announced the band had started working on its first full-length album, Digital Glamour, which was planned for release in mid-2010. Despite playing at a range of prominent venues and supporting Japanese industrial band Gothika, the band started losing momentum.

Lin announced in August 2010 that after enduring several hardships Wet Lips would eventually dissolve before finishing their debut album Digital Glamour. The band played their farewell show on September 10, 2010.

In September 2014, Lin released a remastered version of DEMOlition 2k9 to commemorate the anniversary of the band's farewell. The album is available for free at www.youtube.com/user/EstendorLin.

2.) If there’s any hope for music as a force for social change, Wet Lips are at the front of the line. Since forming in 2012, they’ve been pillars of Australia’s surging feminist punk movement, rallying ferocious crowds to their shows (and annual festival, Wetfest) with songs that punch up with devastating accuracy. Led by guitarist Grace Kindellan and bassist Jenny McKechnie and recorded with recently departed drummer Mohini Hillyer of HABITS, Wet Lips' self-titled debut is a mix of pub-rock guts and punk-rock sneer that charts the particular feeling of living in marginalised bodies, charging those bodies with the energy to kick back.

Wet Lips switches off between savage critiques and furious, howling anthems. Where lead single ‘Can’t Take It Any More’ is a brutal dismantling of middle class posers trying to wring credibility out of a pair of ripped jeans, ‘Period’ is a vivid hurricane of menstrual imagery. Where ‘Hysteria’ is guttural, bitter and sarcastic, its chorus wailed until it loses all shape, ‘When I See You’ bubbles with caution, nerves, and anticipation. What binds them is their musical signature. Wet Lips rips from start to finish: the distorted crunch of Kindellan’s riffs circle McKechnie’s racing bass lines, anchored on one side by the pummeling energy of Hillyer’s drums, soaring on the other with the tag-team vocals of the band’s leads.

Wet Lips is a record of three people growing from thrashing out garage songs for the sake of it to becoming an archetype of contemporary punk. It’s also a record of the band’s first life: with Girl Crazy’s Georgia Maggie taking over on the drums, Wet Lips is as much a commemoration of Hillyer’s five years with the band as a promise of what comes next. That’s more ferocious shows, more biting critique, more songs that imagine rock as a means of finding power in a powerless society. Wet Lips arrives bursting with personality and wit - an antidote to the putrid state of the world. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.
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