LOVEWHIP is breaking ground with a revolutionary new sound on their third studio CD, Virtual Booty Machine. Hot off the trail from winning a Boston Music Award last year, Lovewhip's new CD will take the listener to a bright new future, weaving the sexy soulful vocals of Empress Erin with crunchy rock guitar lines, electro-pop style synth and funky electro dancehall beats. The CD was independently produced by Lovewhip with the help of Darron Burke (Makeshift Studio). It includes remixes by MicL PTVN (Lovewhip, Cassette), Mark E. Moon (Plunge into Death), DJ MonkOne, and Reggie Burrows (Trumystic, High Fidelity Dub Sessions #3).
LOVEWHIP mixes the best of African and reggae-influenced dance rhythms, new wave synth and electronica, punk energy, samples, and unique female vocals. Think Talking Heads meets No Doubt. Combining the talents of singer/guitarist/songwriter Empress Erin Harpe with the crazy low-end stylings of bassist/songwriter Juicy Jim Countryman, and the keyboard/melodica/sampler genius of MicL PTVN, Lovewhip's fresh and original female-fronted dance music has been setting dancefloors ablaze throughout New England and the East Coast, playing 150+ shows a year. The band has opened for such national acts as the B52's, the Scissor Sisters, the Tom Tom Club, and Third World.
" . . . reprogrammed by the city's foremost basement-party hipsters, frontwoman Erin Harpe has been reborn as a soulful electro-rock diva . . . Virtual Booty Machine [is] off-the-meathook reggaeton smash, Casio-beat dance punk and vocodered come-ons, it's Stefani-esque certified potassium."
- CARLY CARIOLI, the Boston Phoenix