Lipstick and Cigarettes
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Lipstick and Cigarettes

Princeton, New Jersey, United States | SELF

Princeton, New Jersey, United States | SELF
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"Lipstick and Cigarettes at The Crossroads"

On Saturday night February 18th, The Sexy Armpit along with our featured writer Nick "NJ" Holden inhaled some delicious pop rock that was coated in a sweet new wave glaze and dusted with crunchy grooves. Sound good? Well, I'm lying. Dessert wasn't a priority for us at The Crossroads in Garwood that night, it was actually Lipstick and Cigarettes, the new wave inspired pop rock band.

Surprisingly, out of all the music venues I've been to throughout NJ, this was my first time at The Crossroads. I discovered that they serve a TALL, ice cold, Red Bull and vodka. If you're like me and get tired when you stay up passed 10pm, that's the drink for you. "It's 10 pm, do you know where your children are?" MY MOM: "Why yes I do, my son The Sexy Armpit is at The Crossroads in Garwood passed out at a table but not from alcohol, it's just because he gets sleepy." Once the band hit the stage at around 10:45, I no longer needed the liquid crack because tunes like "White Tie Affair,"and "Automatic" energized the heck out of me and so did their shout out to The Sexy Armpit! Thanks guys!

This was the band's last show of the winter and I'm glad I got to check them out once again. Clad in an outfit straight out of GQ, frontman Chris Orsi's lively mood was contagious. Erik's drum beats kept me well stimulated. Also elevating the crowd was bassist Sara who was having a blast on stage and could not stop smiling in between songs. Maybe it's because of the rumors I've heard about a keytar being incorporated into their repertoire very soon? Hopefully one day we'll see Lipstick and Cigarettes "play the keytar on the MTV!"

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Also check out iTunes to download Lipstick and Cigarettes brand new EP - The Sexy Armpit

"Prepare to be Attacked"

Crisp guitar strikes stab through the deep, melodic bass tones, driven forward by rhythmic drums that will keep you tapping along. A very clean, hooky sound from this tight trio. L&C have a distinct, vibrant sound, reminiscent of great early eighties pop. These tunes will have you dancing and grooving. When you're attacked by Lipstick and Cigarettes, you'll like it! – DM Jones - Amazon review

""They sound great...""

"They sound great - punchy riffs and strong vocals. White Tie Affair's a cool track with a sweet/dreamy chorus" –Ali Hussain from A Silent Film - Lipstick and Cigarettes

""Lipstick and Cigarettes are phenomenal!""

"Lipstick and Cigarettes are phenomenal. It's hard to find bands these days that break the mold. Lipsticks and Cigarettes's EP is absolutely worth listening to over and over. " –Brave New Radio - Brave New Radio - WP 88.7 fm

"NJ T-Shirt Tuesday 50: The Saint in Asbury Park"

The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ is one of the best venues to discover new bands in the Tri-State area. Since 1994, the stage at this corner bar has been graced by major label acts, local up and coming bands, and artists hailing literally from around the globe.

On a recent visit to Asbury Park, I stopped into The Saint for a beer. As I sat on a stool at the bar, I absorbed the atmosphere. The multicolored lights saturated the various concert posters, memorabilia, and other quirky decor hanging on the walls. To the right, I noticed a band setting up their equipment on the stage, and even though I was curious to stay and check them out, my eyelids were already involuntarily shutting on me. I just can't hang anymore, especially since I was up at 5:00 am that morning. As my girlfriend and I were about to call it a night and hop back on the GSP, Lipstick and Cigarettes, were plugged in and ready to rock the crowd. I peered around at people's faces in the bar and everyone was waiting patiently, so I figured this band must be pretty good. One girl standing not too far from my stool who said her name was Stephanie, seemed like a fan, so I asked her if she saw this band before: "Yeah I did, and this is only their 2nd show actually," ahh, thanks for the info Steph. Normally "only their 2nd show" would be a surefire signal for me to hightail it out of there, but after hearing merely 20 seconds of their opening song "Burn This City," I knew they were my type of band.

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Almost all the songs this trio performed were instantly memorable. I was sold on their bouncy, energized, retro rock vibe. Chris, the lead singer and guitarist of Lipstick and Cigarettes, could have been yanked out of a video from the early days of MTV with his skinny tie and black button down shirt. His voice matched the visual, creating a sound similar to many new wave bands with the prefix "The" in their names like The Cars, The Fixx, and The Knack. Their drummer, Erik, provided killer beats throughout the show, especially on the intro to "Alibi." He infuses the songs with a rhythm that made me feel like they could have been on an '80s movie soundtrack. But providing the key female element in the band is their bassist, Sarah, who probably gets so sick of hearing all the Cassandra from Wayne's World references, so unless you want to get punched in the mouth, you better think twice about asking her if Crucial Taunt is playing The Gasworks this week. Sarah provided backing vocals on a few of the songs, such as "White Tie Affair," but the band would benefit from making Sarah and Erik's backing vocals more prominent in every song, which would provide a fuller, more distinct sound.

During the concert, I admired how meticulously constructed their pop rock songs were. For instance, "Taking it Slow's" big "Whoa-Oh" chorus was fun, less sugary than the sweet power pop of Tinted Windows, and way less effeminate than Franz Ferdinand. Accentuating their set was a fresh cover of The Romantics' "Talking in Your Sleep," while some of their best tracks followed such as "Sleight of Hand" and "Dangerous Eyes." As they brought it home, the crowd wanted more. Although unsure of what song they would do, Lipstick and Cigarettes delivered an encore. After some back and forth, Sarah was elected to sing. She enticed all the guys in the crowd with her alluring vocals on Blondie's "Call Me," and of course, she slapped some bass as well.

The show was over and I wasn't tired at all after seeing Lipstick and Cigarettes. The second the show ended I basically interrogated the drummer Erik and tried to shake him down for a CD, but he claimed they didn't have one made yet. That got me more than a little pissed considering that I could totally picture myself cruising around this summer with the windows down blasting their music. I thought he was just joking around and didn't want to give me a copy, but then he mentioned that this would be their last live show for a while since they are working on writing and recording their debut album. Damn, I was glad that we decided to hang out! I admit that I was unsure if I wanted to stick around for a band I knew nothing about and whose music I have never heard, but that is the type of unexpected magic a place like The Saint offers. All the classic bands started somewhere, and if I'm lucky I may have witnessed one in the making. - The Sexy Armpit


2012 - About Last Night EP
2010 - Lipstick and Cigarettes EP
2010 (to present) - Singles "White Tie Affair" "Sleight of Hand" "Automatic" in rotation on WPSC 88.7 FM (William Paterson University)
2011 (current) - Singles "White Tie Affair" and "Dangerous Eyes" "Sleight of Hand" in rotation on 89.5 FM WSOU (Seton Hall University)




Princeton, NJ–based Lipstick and Cigarettes is an 80s'-inspired alt-rock collaboration of Chris Orsi, Sarah MacMillan, and Erik Cabral.
Their new EP, About Last Night, is a bolder effort with larger hooks and layered dynamics, which set it apart from their previous work. Featured production by Christian Medice, who has worked with acclaimed national pop acts, helped develop the soundscape of the album.
Lipstick and Cigarettes' first release—their 2010 self-titled EP—gained airplay on several college radio stations including WPSC and WSOU. Since then, they have also performed at College Radio Day and Brave-A-Thon, and were featured artists at IAR Live and the Next Level competition.