November 16th sees the US release of The Pipettes eagerly anticipated album ‘Earth Vs The Pipettes’.
The Pipettes were never your typical pop band and now they’re back to prove it. They’ve put the polka dot dresses on ice, brought the boys out of the shadows and had a change in the girl department too. Their musical roots of sculpted, self-confessed, unabashed pop remain intact, but with a fresh new take.
This new record is an exploration of what might happen if all the genres and styles that have set the dance floor going for the last fifty years were loaded onto a rocket and traveled into space. What would Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross veering into Philly Soul, mixed with the compositions of Larry Levan sound like if it were recorded on Mars? (Answers: ‘I Vibe You'; 'I Always Planned To Stay'; and 'Our Love Was Saved By Spacemen').
What would the disco divas and social misfits of the Seventies be listening to if Studio 54 existed on a giant space station orbiting Saturn? (Answers: 'From Today'; ‘Stop The Music'). How would the motorik Euro pop of the Eighties such as The Human League and Stock, Aitken and Waterman translate into the bedrooms of the children of the Eighties if they lived on some cool planet we'd never heard of? (Answers: 'Call Me', 'Thank You').
The success of the band’s debut album ‘We Are The Pipettes’ secured the band a top ten album in Japan (where the single 'Pull Shapes' was only kept off the number one spot by J-Lo), top ten radio positions all across Europe, two Top Forty hits in the UK and a Top Ten in the US billboard indies. They also played on the main stages at Reading and Glastonbury, blazed a British trail across SXSW, conquered the world and sold a heap of records. Since then, they’ve been working on a new album with legendary Martin Rushent, the semi-retired producer of The Go Go's, Fleetwood Mac and, perhaps most famously, the Human League’s ‘Dare’.
It hasn’t all been plain sailing though. Drummer Joe Lean left the band, with Rose Elinor Dougall and RiotBecki following shortly after to start solo careers away from what the band term "self-manufactured pop”. No bodies under the floorboards, no dramas, just the usual churn in pop bands… Joe, Rose and Becki had their own talents to explore whilst The Pipettes remain focused on exploring pop, with stellar vocalist Gwenno Saunders, the lead singer on The Pipettes biggest hit to date "Pull Shapes" and living proof that the Welsh, from Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey onwards, have the best pipes! Gwenno’s sister Ani, a talented songwriter, was recruited to reinforce that theory, and Alex White (of The Electric Soft Parade and Brakes) complete the new lineup on drums, alongside original members Gwenno, Monster Bobby (guitar), Jon (bass) and Seb (keyboard); the songwriting talent behind the band’s biggest hits to date. It's an exciting time!
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