'Take The Bus'

A SLOW, BROODING MASTERPIECE FROM AUSTRALIAN INDIE ROCKERS, LIPSTEREO.

PRESS RELEASE - 22 October 2022 - EPK Dropbox


'Take The Bus' is the fourth and final radio song from LIPSTEREO’s forthcoming EP, 'Modern Mythology' produced by legendary Australian record producer, Mark Opitz (AC/DC, INXS, Cold Chisel).


The song is a slow brooding piece that beautifully begins in earnest with singer, Sam Stranges, describing friendship without expectations. Or so it seems...

“Take the bus to the station
don't get impatient
I'm there for the ride”

By the second verse, the song quickly descends into something darker. Stranges describes that the song was

“...written almost as a corrupted response to thirteen (Big Star),’ Take The Bus’ is like watching a train wreck in slow motion, almost like seeing your life slip away from you."

Clocking in at 2:03, ‘Take The Bus’ is the shortest song on the EP and is a fitting bookend to a remarkable debut EP. The song contains a hypnotic solo played by lead guitarist, Andrew Stainsby. Using a ‘Cry-Baby’ Wah pedal, the guitar work is as distinctive as the song itself. A 1960s mellotron sound that resembles a cello and some Lennonesque piano chords underpin the sentiment of the song in a modern-day wall of sound.


“It was by far the longest we spent on a track in the studio, we were just having so much fun experimenting, trying different things. Andrew’s guitar solo sounds like George Harrison Jr, and probably tells the story of the song better than the vocals,” said Stranges.

And before you know it, the song ends as it started with the tender melodic intro used as an outro.


'Take The Bus' is the final installment before the ‘Modern Mythology’ EP is released on 11th November on all the regular DSPs, vinyl, and CD.


LIPSTEREO’s success can be attributed to its strong two-year creative period where they wrote and demo'd some fifty songs in one of the most locked-down cities around the world, Melbourne. Since then, the band has gone from strength to strength with their ground-breaking debut music video being played on national ABC television network in Australia for weeks on end.


Their songs have been serviced to over 14,000 radio stations internationally and have received significant airplay in the US, Canada, The Netherlands, Portugal, Denmark, Ireland, the UK, and their home country of Australia.


LIPSTEREO recently performed three songs live at a worldwide streamed concert called “Let Me Help - Children Of The World.” It was telecast live from New York City on behalf of children’s charities across the world. The band appeared alongside classic artists including Suzi Quatro, Ten Years After, Tony Orlando, Paul Anka, and John Lodge (Moody Blues).


WATCH ‘Take The Bus’