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Once upon a time, the stars, probability waves, and fates converged making it possible for two Melissas to cross paths. One grew up on 40s movies and Siouxsie and the Banshees, the other was fighting her way out of small-town Kentucky armed with Hole albums and riot grrl zines.They met and then the guitars.

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

lipkandy delivers…