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/visual artist/composer ever since forming her first band back in high school, NYC’s legendary
female rockers the Lunachicks.
Following on the heels of 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 released six singles in a monthly single series entitled “Winter to Spring.”
Produced by Barb Morrison (Blondie, Franz Ferdinand).
The series kicked off in January 2019 with “Time To Come,” a thundering feminist call to arms written in responseto the SCOTUS Kavanaugh hearings, with Rolling Stone posting, "Volpe, channels modern angst via detuned metal guitars and rattling 808 beats
on her new solo single." In “Winter to Spring.” Volpe’s eclectic influences are fully present giving each of the singles their own story, style and mood. From 80s-sounding synth-pop song, to electro, to 70’s rock all tied up neatly with a punk pop bow.
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 Queens of the Stone Age to The Kills. 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.
Known as a blistering lead guitarist, Gina 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 2020 the Lunachicks announced reunion shows with two sold out shows at Webster Hall in NYC as well as the Punk Rock Bowling festival in Las Vegas. However, the onset of the Corona Virus pandemic has pushed those dates into the latter part of 2021.
Meanwhile in lockdown Volpe has kept busy. She released a one minute PSA entitled, “Don’t Touch Your Face” under her company’s name Volpe Co. with an animated video by Leah Shore.
Volpe is currently working with Barb Morrison to release two new singles this spring.