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Albums Of The Week: Wine Lips | Mushroom Death Sex Bummer Party

There ain't no party like a Wine Lips party — ’cause a Wine Lips party don't stop cranking out the high-voltage, high-volume garage-rock psyche-punk nuggets.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Toronto’s premiere buzz band Wine Lips have just released their latest full-length Mushroom Death Sex Bummer Party. Fans of psych, punk and garage-rock will be salivating over this 11-track platter which delivers ferocious performances showcasing the band’s knack for tight beats, slick harmonies, and mesmerizing guitar licks.

Mushroom Death Sex Bummer Party highlights the rhythmic symmetry that drummer Aurora Evans and guitarist Cam Hilborn have perfected over the course of creating their acclaimed recording catalogue. The album continues to deliver their brand of high energy, new-school, indie-tinged garage-rock that draws influence from the likes of The Hives, Bad Nerves, Dead Kenedys, Thee Oh Sees, Idles, Ty Segall, Buzzcocks and Parquet Courts. Inspired by the highs and lows of recent years, Mushroom Death Sex Bummer Party sheds light on the band’s coping methods brought on by late nights, alcohol and promiscuity.

Along with Hilborn and Evans, Wine Lips stars Jordan Sosensky on guitar and Charlie Weare on bass. The band hit the stage for the first time in the fall of 2015. Initially a part-time project between Hilborn and Evans, the group began playing clubs in Toronto, stretching organically to surrounding cities, and then into Quebec. By mid 2017 it was clear that the members were ready to make a full-time commitment.

Wine Lips released their self-titled debut LP and set out on their first five-province tour east to the Maritimes. And they haven’t looked back since. A chance meeting resulted in an April 2018 tour of Hong Kong and China, where they were received by enthusiastic audiences.

Never ones to let the dust settle, the band released their follow up LP Stressor in March 2019 and toured North America relentlessly until early 2020. The album and endless tour dates earned the band an ardent following and saw some of the album tracks featured prominently on television and Netflix.
The band spent most of their free time in 2020 writing and recording their phenomenal third full-length Mushroom Death Sex Bummer Party at The Sugar Shack in London, Ont. with Simon Larochette.

“The record is crazy! We really spent a lot of time getting the songs to sound exactly the way we wanted. I think this is the best stuff we’ve recorded and I’m super-stoked with the end result!” says Hilborn.