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Review: Lipstick

Raved by Jia Sharma (she/her)

Photograhed by Michael Thomas



How do I even begin to describe this band? I’ve been dying to write about Lipstick since I saw them for the first time at Valhalla in April. Without a doubt, Lipstick has become my favorite band to see live, and I’ve been hooked since that very first show. Since their debut as a band at the end of March, they’ve become a prominent presence in the gig scene—and for good reason.  


Most of the band members met in high school, but it wasn’t until last year that they began playing together as a group. Watching them on stage, you would think they had been performing together for years. The energy they bring to their shows is electric. The chemistry among the band members is evident, and their interactions during performances make it feel like you're watching a group of friends jamming in their garage—an insanely talented group of friends, that is. Their sound is reminiscent of early 2000s alt-rock, with infectious energy and rhythm that makes it impossible not to at least nod your head along.


Lipstick’s debut single “Party” is set to be released on the 31st of May, and I couldn’t be more excited. The song is a narrative in itself, with lead guitarist Harry describing it as a story of “juvenile love and heartbreak” which, after listening to the song, is a perfect description. Produced at Massey University’s studio by Anton Parker, the single has a distinct 80’s feel and was recorded to authentically capture the sound of their live performances. Hearing “Party” live at Valhalla and San Fran was sick, and now I’m thrilled to be able to listen to it anytime I want. The song brims with energy, and the guitar instrumental is particularly standout. You can hear and appreciate each instrument in the song, which is one of my favorite things about Lipstick. Each member gets their moment to shine. 


The band also has an EP that is set to release soon, and I already have a list of their live songs I can’t wait to hear recorded. I'm eager to see if they continue to replicate the vibrant live sound they've perfected.


Lipstick is a band I cannot recommend you see enough. I find myself mentioning them in every conversation I have about Wellington’s music scene. Few bands have as much raw synergy and authenticity as Lipstick. According to lead singer Oliver, “The people deserve Lipstick”, which could not be more true. Be sure to keep an eye out for their upcoming gigs and remember to pre-save “Party” for when it comes out on the 31st of May. 


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