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Thin Lips

Weekend Warrior, September 21 - 23

A pair of Lame-O’s latest releases are being celebrated this Saturday with a dual record release show at the First Unitarian Church. An endearing, country-folk vulnerability is ingrained throughout I’ll Sing, the sophomore album from Shannen Moser. Time-worn tradition meets the empathetic-transformative nature of her personal narratives. Stirring sensitivity sends shivers up your spine, and the warmth of rollicking rockers make this an album that can keep you company or be embraced in a communal collective. Sharing common ground, The Deli Philly’s August Record of the MonthChosen Family by Thin Lips, is one which unfolds in accessible, revealing lyrics delivered by Chrissy Tashjian. The confidence/ability to put it all on the line forges a instant connection. With that established, the momentous, fire-starting riffs and melodies envelop in songs that tap into a raw swell of feelings and force. With its debut full-length album Sleep Debt out today via Take This To Heart Records, No Thank You’s Nicholas Holdorf-led quintet Cheer Up captures an expansive, bright, bouncy, thought-collecting emo. Speaking of new records, the quartet of So Totally is currently working on its latest. – Michael Colavita

More new sounds to check out this weekend…

First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SAT Thin Lips/Shannen Moser (Dual Record Release), So Totally, Cheer Up

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Langor, SAT 5th Annual Night of 1,000 Kates, SUN Lucy Stone 

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Yowler, SAT Ben Arnold & The 48HR Orchestra, Cliff Hillis

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Christopher Davis Shannon/DJ Deejay, SAT The Drowned God, The University of South Vietnam School of Warfare, Sleepsculptor, Witness/Fame Lust

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Remember Sports, Corey Flood, SUN 7th Victim

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Goldenspiral DJ, SUN Joey Stix & Frankie Vado, Evan Wize, The Burgeoning, KAYIN, Night Bloom

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) FRI Jedi Mind Tricks

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Agent Zero, Jeff Omega

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT Ceramic Animal, Cold Fronts

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs)  Nothing Wrong, Jefferson Berry & the Urban Acoustic Coalition

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Naps Past Noon, Civil HoldUp, Needless Ghost, SUN Punk Hands

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Dry Reef, Crucial, SAT The Chris Paterno Band, SAT Joshua Chase Miller, SUN Grady Hoss & The Sidewinders

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Grace Vonderkuhn, Tetra, Ali Awan, SAT Welter, Taxes, SUN Sunchoke, Broke Body, Blame Jakob

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Rachel Andie & The V Element, Elaine Rasnake, SAT Gabe Wolf, Destiny X, SUN Randy Scott Carroll

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SAT Among Criminals, La Capitaña, Something Like A Monument / Conversations, Flat Mary Road, South on Sunday, SUN Hellings

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, SAT DJ Deejay

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

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Chalk & The Beige Americans, The 1940s, All This Huxley, SAT Milton, Kohn

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI SOLD (Release Show), Ramona, Machine Gun Joe, Blood Sound

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI RFA, SUN Farewell Summer

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SUN Ear Me Now

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Ben Aire, SAT Drootrax

The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Danny Newport, Cain Kerner & Joji Ruffin, XPresidents, SAT Sage Turtle, Super Bonanza

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI The Dead Milkmen, She Became Grey, SAT Muscle Tough, SUN Splintered Sunlight  

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) FRI Control For Smilers, SAT Ronnie Riggles, Schilly, Charley Coin

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Violet Waves, Mesa Glow, Douse

LAVA Space (4134 Lancaster Ave.) SUN The Obsessives, Strawberry Runners

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Rentboy, Secret Nudist Friends

Tundra Dome (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Data, TVO, Cavemen

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.


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