Lets Go Out
Losing their rehearsal loft back in 1997 proved to be a blessing for this quartet from New York. Limited to rehearsing in a friend's apartment with only acoustic guitars as a result of this event, Hip Ripper's newfound focus was directed to the song writing, vocals and a more back-to-basic approach. Influenced by an eclectic array of artists from Hank Williams to Hank Aaron, Hip Ripper figured if a song can sound good on only an acoustic guitar, the boundaries are endless when the entire band is added to the mix. Abandoning electric guitars (for the most part), Hip Ripper never lost it's' edge. The band continued to perform at their old haunts throughout New York at such clubs as CBGB'S, Coney Island High,The Bitter End and The Continental. Their dynamic live performances full of hooks, harmonies, free wheeling guitar licks and lots of sweat, leave folks with their mouths wide open at the end of a show. Kinda like standing at the subway platform while a speeding train passes you by. Vocalist/ guitarist Tom Conte provides most of the song writing duties and is supported by Ken Duchnowski on guitar, Tom Carlucci on drums and Bill Cowen on bass. Bound by friendship as well as music, Hip Ripper in one form or another have been playing together for what seems like an eternity. Hip Ripper has several songs on various compilations on Bam Balam Records and a 45 on Melted Records. Let's Go Out! Is Hip Ripper's first full-length release, now available on FLIP TOP RECORDS. In an era which embraces the 'one hit wonders', it's about as unusual as a clown at a funeral to find that Hip Ripper's first long-player, 'Let's Go Out!', contains 12 songs which can all stand alone. The featured tracks 'Anywhere You Wanna Go' and 'The State I'm In' pack the punch, but the rest of the CD will send you to the canvas. Never at a loss for material, the question wasn't what songs to include on the CD, but rather, what songs had to be left off. The songs on Let's Go Out! Would have been welcome 20 years ago and won't be dated 20 years from now. Hey, it's got a good beat and you can dance to it!