"This is brainy, entertaining stuff, from a band that can do it all, and very well." - The Globe and Mail
"This is the band to get into before all your friends do." - Discorder Magazine
"...by treating pop as a shape rather than a restriction, they display an intimidating talent and demand your attention." - Exclaim
"...all the hype about them being a fantastic live band [is] completely true." - 3AM Revelations
An "undeniable mix of well-crafted pop melodies, insistent keyboards, dynamic percussion, vocals both delicate and invulnerable, and well-place placed horns...this one will go down as one of the great records ever created in this province..." - Scruffy the Yak
"Alternately touch on Justin Hawkins-era The Darkness, The Big Pink and Pink Floyd...They succeed in all of these emulations with an aplomb that's usually reserved for eccentric solo artists like John Southworth...The Liptonians' stuff is catchy as hell when they hit full stride..." - ChartAttack
"Musically diverse and lyrically sharp. . . [an] earnest little pop-rock gem." - Uptown Magazine
"The songwriting never falters." - Winnipeg Free Press
In 2008, completely unheralded, The Liptonians emerged from a basement in Winnipeg with an "earnest little pop-rock gem" (Uptown Magazine). Much to their surprise, the album picked up a Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Pop Recording, garnered rave reviews, charted on college radio across the country, became a regular on CBC Radio and paved the way for three cross-Canadian tours. The strength of their dynamic live show scored them opening slots for bands like Silver Starling (Last Gang Records) and Chicago indie rock legends, The Sea and Cake.
After two years of playing shows, Matt Schellenberg and Bucky Driedger – the band's founders – took leave to a rural cabin to mull over their catalogue of demos and write some new songs. Bringing the tunes the rest of the band and their talented community of musicians, the arrangements became more adventurous – experimenting with lush horn arrangements, dumpster-dived percussion, accordion, reed organ and live-off-the-floor soundscapes.
Produced and recorded by Mike Petkau, Matt Peters and The Liptonians between Prairie Recording Co. (The Weakerthans, Christine Fellows), MCM Studios and various basements, offices, rehearsal spaces and lofts, the new album, titled Let's All March Back Into the Sea, is a step forward in songwriting, arrangement and production while staying true to the band's roots as DIY pop songsmiths. Songs about talking pianos, dying cities and garden-haunting ghosts find life in dirty piano romps, electro-folk grooves and pop-rock sing-alongs.
Let's All March Back Into the Sea, distributed by Universal via Sonic Unyon and publicized by Killbeat Music, was released on February 8, 2011 on Winnipeg's Head in the Sand Records. A cross-Canadian tour followed the album's release, including stops at Canadian Music Week and SXSW.
This summer the band performed on Canada Day in Winnipeg, backed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. They also recorded a brand new single (and an accompanying video) to be released on Light Organ Records as a split 7 inch with Vanouver’s, The Zolas. The band will support this release while touring their way to Whitehorse, for the 2011 Breakout West Festival.
In addition to writing and recording as The Liptonians, Schellenberg and Driedger are active members of Winnipeg's music community, playing and recording with Royal Canoe, Courier News, Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers and Les Jupes. The band's song "Roller Coaster" was a finalist in the Winnipeg Free Press' "My city, my song" contest. They've also had their music featured in Zooey & Adam, a film that screened at independent film festivals across North America and they scored original music for White Noise, a documentary about the Winnipeg Jets.