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DHC presents Chew Lips + DHC DJS @ Snafu

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hey guys,

bit of a steal here for you peeps, see details as follows:

DHC presents:

CHEW LIPS (live)

10pm - 2am

Onstage -11.45pm

3 entry

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CHEW LIPS

CHEW LiPS on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads

Do bands ever emerge from the shadows and arrive fully formed anymore? Of course they don't. From the off we can watch their every move, every last bit of their painful gestation, on MySpace and YouTube.

Chew Lips aren't signed. They formed early this year and have only played 15 shows. They wrote 10 songs during their very first rehearsal and played their first gig at a New Cross house party. Now they're waiting for the right record deal - we're wondering what's keeping them? This is patently ridiculous. Before the internet, bands would take years to develop and hone their shtick, but that's what it's like these days. Hard times - or good times if you can meet the demands of the moment and work fast.

Some have been quick to pick up on Chew Lips. Steve Lamacq loves them: they're his big tip for 2009 and he's cited their demo as the best he's heard all year. They did a session for his show after having only performed live eight times and were then invited to play the Radio 1 Introducing gig at the Electric Proms.

If Chew Lips are going to capitalise on these early triumphs, they are going to have to release some exemplary singles and EPs. We haven't heard any such music from them yet. They haven't yet mastered the killer hook or knockout chorus. Their best-known song so far is Solo, which lifts the tinny beat from LCD Soundsystem's Losing My Edge, has a dolorous trebly bassline that is pure Peter Hook and features Chew Lips' frontwoman Tigs' sort of distinguished voice on top. But it doesn't quite take flight.

The electronic dance-pop arena is a crowded one. There are a lot of good acts operating in this area: Little Boots, La Roux, Fan Death, cocknbullkid - all these and more involve strong-voiced female singers intoning not too soulfully and not too icily over computer rhythms. Last year, there was a highly touted outfit called Rochelle who had a girly-girl on vox and some pleasingly pristine machine melodies, and they have disappeared without trace.

It's absurd to even be thinking about writing off Chew Lips, but they need to decide what they are before they go any further. Tigs has received some acclaim for her live performance, with her approach and vocal style compared to everyone from Beth Ditto to Karen O (she sounds more like Liza Minnelli to us), but she's got some stiff competition when it comes to charismatic new disco artistes. And the boys' Casiotone for the painfully alone DIY melancholy synthpop isn't yet distinguishable from the others currently doing the same, from Ben Esser to Frankmusik.

"We don't wanna waste no time," sings Tigs on Solo. Chew Lips need to pay heed to that call for urgency.

FOR FANS OF: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem, The Gossip

BBC - Newsbeat - Music - Introducing...Chew Lips

BBC - Electric Proms 2008 - Artists - Chew Lips

New band of the day - Chew Lips | Music | guardian.co.uk

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DHC UPCOMING....

ALLEZ ALLEZ, DISASTERRADIO, OVER THE ATLANTIC, MILK LONDON DJS, UNION OF KNIVES and more tbc....

19th March - Rescue Party / The Marionettes

26th March - Shutter / Cast of the Capital

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nice one steven

def be at this one

enquired bout getting chew lips up here

glad someone did :)

EDIT: id be even more likely to go if i knew the date btw :p

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Chew Lips @ DHC - Snafu

Thursday 12th March

10pm-2am

Teenage Lust DJs in Five from 9pm.

Drinks deals, good music and free entry passes to Snafu from the bar at Five.

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