News Swiss Lips

Manchester group with a synth-led, glittered style of pop.


: Swiss Lips
Based: Manchester, UK
Similar to: Passion Pit, Vampire Weekend

First On experienced its first ever “old-man moment” when it was convinced for several months that Empire of the Sun & The Naked and Famous had to be MGMT side-projects. “They all sound the same!” we hastily cried, to muted response from the flocks of fans investing in the sparkly synth-pop festival anthems. But that’s the thing: What The Recommender blog addressed as a Neon Gold-endorsed glittered style of indie remains hugely popular and there’s still room for bands like Swiss Lips.

Fortunately there’s very little reminiscence to MGMT. But the awaiting audience are of the same demographic, we’d like to think. The Manchester group don’t so much pepper their songs with synths as bulk them up and fully load them with hearty, 80s-indebted patterns. The video for ‘U GOT THE POWER’ is a prime example of the band’s ethos: Not taking themselves too seriously, they combine archive footage of breakdancers with brain-embedding, giant-font mottos of the lyrics. If it’s not crying out for attention, I don’t know what is.

Tags: Swiss Lips, Neu

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