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The Deli Philly’s August Record of the Month: Chosen Family - Thin Lips

Thin Lips’ sophomore LP Chosen Family is an earnest homage to making peace with the past, the necessary balm of friendship, and the power of feeling your feels.

The album appropriately begins with its titular track that recounts a dream and a memory with vulnerability framed by the atmospheric swell of buzzing riffs that seamlessly ease into "Gaslight Anthem (The Song Not the Band)”. Liken to a prologue, "Chosen Family" prepares listeners for the emotive context of the LP's progression. An evocative origin story of sorts, it becomes part artifact and part testimony. Even as "Gaslight Anthem" begins, the vulnerability of the album's opener lingers, pushing the lyrical immediacy of all that comes after deeper into the heart of the audience. As Chrissy Tashjian sings, “but I was there, I won’t just let it go,” “Gaslight Anthem” erects a monument to the past, reminding us how what haunts or heals us pushes us into the future – for better or worse.

“A Song for Those Who Miss You All the Time” recalls the melodic dissonance of earworms like Built to Spill’s “Center of the Universe” or The Promise Ring’s “B is Bethlehem,” conveying a similar sense of yearning and nostalgia as each second passes. When Tashjian croons, “You were free of everything that holds us in our place, that holds us back from grace,” the track feels like salve. Jubilant in a realistic way, Chosen Family’s third track is infused with a pragmatic hope from beginning to end, while “Smoking’s for Quitters” is a moody and meaningful exploration of mortality, the necessity of intimacy, and the existential urge to search for wholeness. Lines like “we’re all gonna die” and “it’s hard to care” shake its listener out of disillusionment without the artifice of optimism.

“South America” and “I Know I’m the Asshole” feel synonymous with Best Coast’s “Goodbye” and the broodiest cuts on Bleached’s Ride Your Heart, while “Saying Yes” and “What’s So Bad About Being Lonely” bring to mind Dude York and 90s icons like Veruca Salt. “Sex Is Complicated” is a refreshing anthem about intimacy and the cons of human closeness. When Tashjian asks, “can bodies tell a lie,” fans are forced to grapple with the answer. And with “So Stoned,” there is a melodic and emotionally raw yet subtle in a way that makes it easily memorable.  The honesty of “It’s Hard To Tell The Difference When You’re Afraid of Literally Everything” is a relatable, introspective confession that grapples with the complexities of autonomy and self-awareness. As Tashjian sings, “I’m not sure if I know what I’ve done, what I’ll become,” alongside guitar licks and snare, it feels; it’s difficult not to empathize.

“What If I Saw You on the Street” is a dance worthy cut with a pop-laced backbeat that hums with an energized urgency that perfectly prefaces Chosen Family’s final offering, “The Kate Escape.” A song about an ending on the brink of a new beginning, the last narrative on the Thin Lips’ latest full-length will make listeners feel less alone in a world that often feels impossible. – Dianca London





New Thin Lips LP Available for Streaming

Ahead of its July 27th release via Lame-O Records, Chosen Family, the new album from Thin Lips, is now available for streaming HERE. Introspective and reflective honesty resounds in Chrissy Tashjian’s words and vocals. Forging that personal connection and then fortifying it with memorable hooks and super-charged riffs, the album is another thoughtful chapter that will memorably sit with listeners. Thin Lips are supporting Japandroids this evening at Boot & Saddle, the opening night of the Canadian outfit's sold-out run, before heading out on tour for the rest of the summer with Hop Along and Slaughter Beach, Dog.





New Track: "Gaslight Anthem (The Song Not The Band)" - Thin Lips

Thin Lips have another endearing new single to share with us from their forthcoming full-length album Chosen Family. The beloved, former Dangerous Ponies members just dropped the humorously titled, "Gaslight Anthem (The Song Not The Band)," which also features backing vocals from local music pals Frances Quinlan (Hop Along), Brendan Lukens (Modern Baseball), and Zoe Reynolds (Kississippi). The LP is due out on July 27 via Philly's own Lame-O Records. Chrissy Tashjian, Mikey Tashjian, and Kyle Pulley are currently on tour with Hop Along, and will be back home for a sold-out show with Japandroid on Tuesday, July 24 at Boot & Saddle. If you missed out on tix for that evening, don't sleep on next month's performance with Slaughter Beach, Dog on Saturday, August 25 at PhilaMOCA. (Photo by Scott Troyan)





New Track: "A Song For Those Who Miss You All The Time" - Thin Lips

Thin Lips just announced that their new full-length album, Chosen Family, is scheduled for release on July 27 via Lame-O Records. Its first single, “A Song For Those Who Miss You All The Time,” channels the grief from the death of Chrissy and Mikey Tashijan’s younger brother. A conversational recollection is encountered via a dream. Addressing numerous, lingering, unanswered questions, the pain of personal loss remains. There’s a comfort in the smoothness of the emotive vocals and the crisp guitar licks. As we move forward, we still carry the memory of those we love with us. Before heading out on tour with good pals Hop Along, Thin Lips are slated to open for Japandroids on Tuesday, July 24 at Boot & Saddle.





Weekend Warrior, September 15 - 17

This Saturday, the historic Electric Factory will be hosting Project Pabst Citywide Fest, where you’ll be treated to an array notable and rising indie recording artists. The fiercely open, riff-tastic tunes of Thin Lips will be catching hold of early birds with momentous melodies. Later in the day, bridging the gap between adolescent and adulthood into anthems of universal release, The Menzingers take the stage to the delight of their growing loyal fan base. Sandwiched in between, you’ll also find the fragile, cathartic, biting melodies of Nothing and the sincere, gritty, pop sensibilities of Speedy Ortiz, who has recently welcomed Laser Background’s Andy Moholt into the fold. The elegantly exposed vulnerability of Big Thief, Atlanta garage-rock gals The Coathangers, and “Mr. F*ck, That’s Delicious” Action Bronson round out this daylong hang. – Michael Colavita 

More places to hang this weekend...

Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Project Pabst Citywide Festival: The Menzingers, Speedy Ortiz, Nothing, Thin Lips

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI TJ Kong and The Atomic Bomb (Vinyl Release Show), Lightninging, Haunted Homes

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Parris Bowens, Kingfisher, SAT The GTVs, The Justines

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI DJ Deejay/Maggs Bruchez, Adam East, Phil Yeah, SAT Matthew Law, DJ Lean Wit It, SUN Profligate, Lady Shame, Coord

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Sitcom

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Hardwork Movement, Ill-Fated Natives, Aleana

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SAT Mo Lowda & The Humble, SUN Rumi Kitchen

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Ceramic Animal

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Supefive, The Sparklers/(Downstairs) Break On Through An Evening to Benefit Abramson Cancer Center: Not Collidge Material

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Kenty Love, SAT A Black Celebration, DJ Baby Berlin

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.)FRI Dave P SAT John Dominy, Tigers + Thieves/Secret American, Katie Frank, Shy Boyz

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.)  FRI Montoj, Maggie Mae, SAT Paul Keen

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI The Mysteries, SAT The Bigness, Exmaid

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Bazmati Vice, The Space Cats, Local Smokes

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Athensville, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT The Founders, Bunny Savage & the Plibmen, Whiskey Effect

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Ben Aire, SAT Ed Chrisof, SUN Franky's First Ladies

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Cain Kerner, Kid The Great, Scottie Kash, Joji Ruffin, Hollywood Kane

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Catullus, SAT Splintered Sunlight, SUN Mach22

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Computer, Whine Moms

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Jawncarlo, SAT Crayon Mischief, The Tisburys, Readership, Full Blush, SUN Mavis The Dog, Slow Reader, Yeenar

N2N Festival (5000 Baltimore Ave.) SAT Prince Tribute: DJ Questlove, PnB Rock

Broke Down Palace (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Who Loves You

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Katie Ellen

The Waiting Room (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Great Weights, You You Dark Forest, Sloppygoop

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