Unconventional technicians of genre fusion and purposeful freneticism.

Signing to Partisan Records in the autumn of 2023, Lip Critic are the New York electronic punks boasting not one, but two drummers and an accomplished live show already the stuff of future legend.

"We strive to make our live shows and records as eclectic as a DJ set or compilation album..."

A four-piece emboldened by their shared experimental mentality, Brett, Connor, Danny and Ilan came together at college. A band bred on DIY practices, they thrillingly mesh their individual passions for electronic, punk and hardcore to birth maximal sounds with a "unified level of intensity." Take latest single Milky Max, a pulsating dance track set to distorted sirens and a vocal performance commanding enough to recruit even the shyest of revellers (it even has its own video game).

Lip Critic are like a human circuit board, its members the conductors of potent sonic currents that rip through the listener like a frenzied sucker-punch of ecstasy. The band will release their debut album of 12 colourful tracks in May of 2024 followed by an extensive tour. Two words: get ready.

Lip Critic - Hex Dealer

Indies transparent vinyl + Rough Trade Exclusive custom poster designed by the band (100 only).


We're excited to announce Lip Critic as part of Rough Trade On The Rise, our dedicated curation putting a spotlight on the emerging music we are the most excited for you to hear, to follow and become a fan of. Read on to discover more about the band in their own words and check out debut album Hex Dealer on Partisan.

Lip Critic on Lip Critic

A self-penned bio

Five by Five

5 Qs, 5 As

Describe Lip Critic in 5 words.

Abrasive, maximalist, experimental, eclectic, percussive.

5 records you listened to prior to making your album?

Ruby Vroom - Soul Coughing
Diaspora Problems - Soul Glo
Fetch - Melt Banana
Impenetrable Cerebral Fortress - Gulch
Slow Wrist Grave Shift - Cronies

Top 5 career moments since forming?

Headlining sold out Elsewhere zone 1.
Opening for Viagra Boys.
First US tour.
Releasing Lip Critic II.
Playing Pitchfork Festival in Paris.

You host a pre-release listening party for the album. Who are your 5 VIP guests (dead or alive)?

DJ Khaled
Lou Reed
Ringo Starr
Lebron James

Top 5 essential tour snacks?

Ginger chews
Literally any Haribo gummies
Beef jerky from Buccees
Kettle cooked potato chips