Lipstick Stains hails from Memphis, TN, steadily pulling influences from Punk, Pop Punk, and Alternative/Grunge, all while snarling out lyrics that deal with life, mental illness, addiction, and feminism.
Having performed from St. Louis to New Orleans, Little Rock to Atlanta, and all cities in between, Lipstick Stains continues to release intoxicating energy that has fans gravitating towards them.
Carrying a lively tempo in the rhythm that’s exuded, we get a protruding sense of inspiration that comes flowing in from the eras to grace us in the past years lived. The effervescent soundscape of “Seven Ten Split,” leads the Lipstick Stains’ newly released EP ‘Controlled Chaos,’ to an all-time high of amplification. Electric to the core, we just can’t shy away from the gritty nature that swells through chugging guitar riffs, and a vibrant hue of rhythm heard in the introduction of this record.
The distortion that’s introduced within the smoldering lead vocals takes us into an undertow of underground buoyancy, as we hear the off-the-rails soundscape pose as an ode to wanting someone to stick by your side in this crazy little thing called life.
With lyrical motifs that resonate with us in a major way, the untamed performance of words such as ‘please just stick around, ‘cause you’re the only thing I can’t lose,’ speak to us on a personal level.
Through the immense personas that we welcome from Lipstick Stains, the authenticity that comes from the raw and unfiltered essence is truly refreshing in times as such. Leading us into the anticipation of what comes next on ‘Controlled Chaos,’ we think that Lipstick Stains did a killer job with reeling us in.
The energy displayed in "Seven Ten Split" has us completely floored! We love how you tailor your sound to fit the uniqueness you hone in on so well. Could you please share a glimpse into what the creative process looked like when bringing this song to life?
We were hanging out and jamming, and our bass player Eric out of the blue, whipped up the epic bass line that kicks off the song, and Ryan and Pekas joined in with a fiery passion. Ryan shredded out his piercing guitar line, and Jacob came in quick with his hard-hitting beat. It was as if they all just synchronously charged up their creative batteries to build the song's overall structure. It was the first song that we ever wrote that all came together simultaneously in the same room.
What deeper meaning is laced into the lyrical motifs we're ready to memorize?
I wrote these lyrics on 12/31/19. I sat there, reflecting on all of our shared loss and our overall success throughout our individual lives. I felt a bittersweet feeling, and I was hoping for that imagery to bleed into the lyrics. But I think that, in a way, this eerie familiarity gives listeners a stronger relatability to these motifs. It also just so happens that the lyrical content somewhat coincidentally embodies the year 2020 as a whole, despite it having been written right before the New Year.
Could you please take us into how this single introductory ties into the rest of 'Controlled Chaos'? What does this project say about you?
Controlled Chaos as a whole is a tug-of-war between grit and beauty, joy and sorrow, excitement and pain, contentedness and anger, strength and weakness, with a sprinkling of methodical disorder. The record takes a glimpse into what it's like to be a human, and we want listeners to know that we understand that simply existing isn't always an easy feat. Seven Ten Split envelopes these elements with its upbeat riffs and catchy chorus while also using the lyrics to project a sense of melancholy and nostalgia. This song tells the listener that they are about to go along for a ride, and we hope that this track encourages them to buckle up and join us.
If your listeners want to support Lipstick Stains, what is the best way for them to do so?
Social media likes/follows are always much appreciated, along with Spotify plays and follows. We are always immensely grateful for people who want to buy our music off of Bandcamp or physical form. Controlled Chaos is available on both CD and cassette. Above anything else, coming out to a show, buying merch, or checking out our online shop can help us get to the next phase of this musical journey.
Online Store: https://lipstickstains901.square.site/
What's next for Lipstick Stains?
We're playing a few more hometown shows in 2021, and 2022 is looking bright for us. We're excited to finally share these tunes on Controlled Chaos with more folks around the states. We plan on getting the wheels turning on playing out of town again, and we can't wait to meet more folks with a love for musical camaraderie.