Wax Lips & Hummingbirds
Based out of Portland, OR, Megan McGaughy and brothers John, Jesh, and Joel Brophy create magical indie pop. They have been playing shows together for about three years and recently celebrated their second release entitled 'Wax Lips and Hummingbirds.' Drawing influences from artists such as Pavement, Slowdive, and Elliot Smith, they have been compared to Architecture in Helsinki, Earlimart, and even Grandaddy. They have shared the stage with Viva Voce, Enon, Mates of State, the Octopus Project, Aqueduct, Roots of Orchis, The Handsome Family, Bettie Serveert and many more with hundreds of shows, successful touring, and a SXSW 2006 showcase under their collective fancy belts. Press: 'What starts off as a sort of creepy, post-apocalyptic nod to Henry Mancini turns out to be one of the brightest indie pop debut albums ever to come out of the dusty Southwest. The lilting, almost angelic lyrics of John Brophy are backed by simplistically quaint but effective melodies. Strums of acoustic guitar are offset by the brisk melodic plinks of a xylophone or the slow burn of a high-pitched electronic surge.' By Kevin Hopper For the Albuquerque Journal 'Wax Lips and Hummingbirds, is an album that shifts back and forth from enigmatic cacophony to pure pop harmony and makes me imagine I'm slowly floating down a lazy river in my rowboat. On mild hallucinogens, perhaps. The independently recorded and mastered album also represents an accomplishment in production; it's clear and professionally mixed, but completely unpretentious. Rife with hits and compositional brilliance, I predict this album will find it's way into the hearts of more than a few who listen to it.' By Jessica Cassyle Carr for the weekly alibi.