Tucson filmmaker Alex Italics creates a vintage sci-fi look for the new music video from Lips, the latest project from once-and-soon-to-be-again Tucsonan Fen Ikner.
With Ikner on drums and vocals and New Zealand-born Stephanie Brown on vocals and keyboards, Lips plays a catchy brand of synth pop. “Traces of Teddy” is a musical and visual showcase, "depicting an alien space queen who sets her sights and affections on a hapless gas station attendant, Teddy, and demands that her Lips head minions go and retrieve him," Ikner says.
“Traces of Teddy” is the first single from Lips’ upcoming album, which will be released in early 2016. In 2012, the band won the Silver Scroll award, New Zealand’s most prestigious songwriting award, for their song “Everything To Me.”
Filmed in Tucson, the video is directed by Italics, shot by Brody Anderson and features some familiar Tucson faces.
Lips is currently on tour in New Zealand, but Ikner and Brown will relocate to Tucson in November, with some local shows on the horizon, Ikner says.
Ikner may be best known in Tucson as a member of Seashell Radio, the much-loved, four-songwriter band that released albums in 2010 and 2012, but the multi-instrumentalist and producer/engineer has played and/or recorded with a host of bands, including Saint Maybe, The Modeens, Young Mothers and Calexico.