new video for 'make it good'
Winter to spring 2019 single series
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the city with a
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Few things in life are easily defined. Just when we think we’ve got something figured out,
change sweeps in and throws us for a loop. Best not to get too comfortable.
It’s a practice Gina Volpe has embraced as a prolific musician/fine artist/composer ever since
forming her first band back in high school, NYC’s legendary Lunachicks.
Change is coming once again. To follow up her 2017 debut solo EP Different Animal,described as “a diverse collection of tracks layered with chunky riffs, pop, and dance sounds” (She Shreds), Volpe will release six eclectic singles monthly, starting January 2019. The first song, “Time To Come,” is a thundering feminist call to arms written in response to the 2018 Kavanaugh hearings. Produced by Barb Morrison (Blondie, Franz Ferdinand),
the track features pounding, detuned guitars (in drop C, for anyone who might ask) alongside
catchy pop melodies with some 808 trap elements tucked in for extra oomph.
“I’m pissed,” says Volpe, “and I’m not alone, so here is my contribution to the soundtrack of the resistance.”
Volpe’s heart is fully present in her newest music. Feelings of loss, rage, and even playful hopefulness steer listeners through Volpe’s peculiar imagination on tracks like “Don’t Give Up On Me,” an 80s-sounding synth-pop song, and “Make It Good,” with a hip-shaking electronic groove.
The hybrid tunes fit in with the impressive volume of work Volpe has churned out over the years. Her songs have drawn comparisons to everyone from St. Vincent and Massive Attack to Queens of the Stone Age and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Volpe has found a way to meld a foundation of heavy rock, punk, and blues with electronic, pop,
and dance in a way that reflects her hometown’s all-in ethos.
“I do what the muse tells me,” Volpe says with a laugh. “What comes out comes out.”
Best known as a blistering lead guitarist, Volpe made the leap to frontwoman in the early 2000s when she launched her own band, Bantam. The music was more dissonant, complex, and dark, with the Village Voice raving it combined "brute force with bewitching melodies." By 2006, Volpe decided to take a pause from
life on the road and focus her work behind the scenes. She set up a home studio and began scoring for films, expanded her output as a visual artist, composed and produced the off-Broadway rock musical
Homo The Musical, and even served as the motion capture model for the female guitarist and bassist
characters in the blockbuster video game Rock Band.
In 2017, Volpe decided it was time to finally do what she had been dreaming of all along, her solo record,
so she teamed up with producer Barb Morrison to record Different Animal. The explosive and exhilarating songs blend analog and electronic elements into a thoroughly modern sound. That same year, Volpe also joined forces with shock rocker Peaches to perform at Samantha Bee’s spectacular event,
“Not The White House Correspondents Dinner.”
With five additional singles to be released monthly starting January 2019, each with their own story, style and mood, there's no sense in trying to predict what’s coming next. Strap in for the ride ’cause
Gina Volpe is just getting started.