Lovely Socialite, formerly Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps, is a Madison-based six-piece that combines the aesthetics of modern jazz with contemporary classical, driving rock, and hip hop. Lauded for their bold and intricate compositions, the group often draws comparisons to Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. The band’s original music combines strict notation with moments of improvisation and maintains a healthy balance of dark and heavy rock grooves with quirky jazz obscurities.
While Lovely Socialite’s unusual mix of strings, traditional Chinese instruments, brass, and a jazz rhythm section suggest that the group might be a contemporary music ensemble, it is their use of stomp boxes, vocal processors, and other electronics that makes the group a suitable fit for any rock, hip-hop, or jazz bill. In fact, Lovely Socialite has been privileged to share the stage with such artists as Dessa, of Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree, as well as performing live on the UW Madison Terrace with Brian Ritchie of the Violent Femmes.
In October of 2015, Lovely Socialite released their second full length album. Nearly two years in the making, “Toxic Consonance” was recorded at Blast House Studios in Madison with Landon Arkens. “Toxic Consonance” represents an edgier and more mature version of the band than their previous endeavor, “Registers Her Delight” (2012), and features extensive production efforts mixing found sounds, vocal samples, and electronic effects into their live-style recording. Stream the album from the band’s Bandcamp page below:
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Here’s what the press says:
From Tone Madison…
…this band is deeply odd in its bones, having sprouted from the intersection of formal musical training and dogged experimentation.
If anything, Toxic Consonance feels like a rediscovery, as if a bit of geographic separation and juggling lots of other projects only pushed the individual members to buckle down harder on their nuanced chemistry and wide-ranging musical tastes.
From the A.V. Club…
[Lovely Socialite] wraps original compositions…in electric cello, double bass, vibraphone, pipa, guitar, and drums to mesmerizing effect. Chuck in the warped effects on each instrument and the live visuals projected behind the performance, and the result is a slack-jawed audience.
From the High Noon Saloon…
Lovely Socialite performs a strict notation at times grooving to free improvisation. Fans of Modern Jazz, Contemporary Classical Music, Rock & Hip-Hop will become captivated by the amazing sound of Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps.
From NetMusic Life…
[Lovely Socialite] is a band that casually brings together several influences, from jazz-rock rhythms with hip-hop attitude and very free improvisations. The single, “Brachiosaurus Boogie”, caught me from the first listening…an intro bass line mixed with dirt and carnal vocals and handclaps.
From the Isthmus…
Lovely Socialite’s music benefits from its members’ formal discipline. Still, the group maintains a sense of humor, which is a feat for brainy instrumental music. – See more at the Isthmus.
Socialite is currently seeking promotional opportunities and air play for our new record, “Toxic Consonance”. We would be happy to provide a unique download code upon request. We are currently booking a 2016 tour to promote this release.
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