After self-releasing a 16 song demo and 7’ the band released their indie pop rocker EP, ‘this is not a love song’ on Heartcore Records in 2001 to immediate college
radio success. That EP marked a significant step away from their hardcore riot grrl roots and their new LP — the highly anticipated, guitar-driven electronically enhanced
indie pop full-length, ‘Heart Beats Broken’ — is another enormous leap forward in the evolution of Lipkandy. It’s also a refreshing and unapologetically eclectic jewel in
a homogenous indie landscape of one-note bands.
Lipkandy manages no less than the reinvention of the pop album, drawing on wildly divergent influences from 80’s new wave and 90’s post punk and riot grrl to hammer out a unique sound. Each song is an unforgettably catchy hit in its own right even as the album itself careens from pop rock throwdowns like “Shopping” and “Crashing” to bluesy screamers like “Equation” and “Found You” to melodic, melancholy love songs like “Leave the Sky” and “sorry so small”. All of their songs, like the album itself are
layered. The slower numbers are tinged with hope, sadness and longing and even a seemingly straight-ahead rocker like “Shopping” is a barely disguised rant about
sexuality, feminism and our culture’s fetishistic materialist obsession. With Lipkandy nothing is as simple as it seems.
Their blistering live sets are known for stirring the crowd into a frenzy and the addition of hard-hitting drummer, Jonathon Midkiff (Rabby Feber, The Vendors), to the touring lineup makes every show a must-see. “Our mission in life is to move the audience,” says Melissa and if you’ve ever been to a show and watched the crowd jump
and bounce to the energetic liptastic sound, you know