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Love at 20’s “Lips in London” Takes Me on an 80s Synth Night Ride

My favorite genre of music is the one that makes me feel like a Bret Easton Ellis character. The sort of night ride synth that puts you in a romantic nostalgia for a time and place you’ve never been.

Austin’s very own Love at 20 does just that. Love at 20 is the 80s new wave pop child of Mike Groener.

Love at 20 was born out of the ashes from Austin’s legendary electro band Clap! Clap! and Groener’s love for Depeche Mode.

I can’t get their latest album Lips in London out of my mind.

Think Drive soundtrack, but a little less death and destruction.

If you’re a fan of Depeche Mode, The Cure, Erasure and Pet Shop Boys, you’re going to love this.

Here is a collection of my favorite tracks.

You can listen to the entire album here.








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  • Reply Emily Ann May 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    HA! My best friend is amazed that I listened to this band before him. This band is so him it’s almost creepy. Thanks, Lauren!

    • Reply hipstercrite May 30, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      Glad you like it!

  • Reply Walls May 30, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Really, Clap Clap = legendary? Hmmm. #hyperbole

    • Reply hipstercrite May 30, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      Maybe not to you, but to many others, yes.

      • Reply Walls May 31, 2012 at 1:45 am

        Well I think Josh will be flattered to hear that.

  • Reply israel carrasco May 31, 2012 at 5:15 am

    I like their sound. It has a slightly different synth feel than Depeche Mode but I can see the Erasure vibe

    • Reply hipstercrite June 1, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks for checking out, Israel! Fun, right?

  • Reply Tim June 1, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for the link, I picked up a copy.

    • Reply hipstercrite June 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Awesome, Tim! I’ll let Mike know!

  • Reply Brittany June 6, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Dude this is so rad. Thanks for turning me on to this.

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