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Lips Share Single + Video 'Empty Hours'

Lips Share Single + Video 'Empty Hours'

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Lula Cucchiara / Monday 12th July, 2021 11:02AM

When they're not screaming through epic pop-punk tracks, Tāmaki's Lips write romantic piano ballads like today's new single 'Empty Hours' from their forthcoming album I Don't Know Why I Do Anything (out this Friday!). Silver Scroll-winning songwriter duo Stephanie Brown and Fen Ikner fall deep into the synthosphere on the album's fourth single, dialling back the bpm from 'Guilty Talk', 'Heave Ho' and 'Your Deodorant Doesn't Work' to be sweet and slow dance-able. Sparked from Avantdale Bowling Club's Tom Scott asking Brown to contribute to a reimagined Street Fighter II soundtrack, 'Empty Hours' was originally the Lips version of a theme for character Chun Li, with the in-game flute riff acting as a jumping off point.

Not only did Ikner co-produce and mix the track, he also created an 'Empty Hours' 8-Bit inspired lyric video, featuring Lips as player one. Lips begin their Phoebe Rings double-header Aotearoa tour this month with bandmates Ruby Walsh and Maude Morris — dates, tickets and venues right here...

LIPS and Phoebe Rings

Saturday 24th July - Moon, Wellington
Friday 30th July - Space Academy, Christchurch
Saturday 31st July - Dive, Dunedin
Sunday 1st August - Tuatara Cafe, Invercargill
Thursday 5th August - Neck Of The Woods, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Lips' album 'I Don't Know Why I Do Anything' is out July 16th


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Lips And Phoebe Rings
Sat 24th Jul 8:00pm
MOON, Wellington
Lips And Phoebe Rings
Fri 30th Jul 8:00pm
Space Academy, Christchurch
Lips And Phoebe Rings
Sat 31st Jul 8:00pm
Dive, Dunedin
Lips And Phoebe Rings - Cancelled
Sun 1st Aug 8:00pm
Tuatara Cafe, Invercargill
Lips And Phoebe Rings
Thu 5th Aug 8:00pm
Neck of the Woods, Auckland