Wistappear is a southern-Californian indie rock project which sprouted from the off-kilter autobiographical songs of Ian Lipson. He urgently mined for self-understanding through song, while back at his childhood home, living the classic millennial tale after two years of recklessness and musical adventure in Los Angeles. Carrying a disorienting duality of youthfulness and nostalgia, Lipson’s solo works evolved into full band orchestrations as he found himself back in Los Angeles finishing a 5-song EP titled Ride It Out, assembling a live band, and recording two standalone singles ("Midnight Preacher," "Every Side") at Universal Rondor Studios in Santa Monica. Wistappear went on to work with producer/engineer Drew Vandenberg (of Montreal, Toro y Moi, Kishi Bashi) who mixed the singles and then co-produced/engineered/mixed the upcoming album, Knack For Whatever. For the past three years, Ian Lipson and Evan Jiroudek (drums) have been building music and incubating a special spontaneity that permeates the multi-dimensional musical mischief of Knack For Whatever. Wistappear crowd-funded the album project, journeyed to Oregon to refine and rehearse the album material while immersed in abundant beauty and inspiration, and then drove across the country to the creative oasis of Athens, GA where Lipson and Jiroudek spent a month working with Vandenberg on the record. Throughout the recording process, Wistappear explored the vibrant musical community in Athens, and worked together with McKendrick Bearden of Grand Vapids, John Fernandes of Circulatory System and Olivia Tremor Control, among other inspiring figures who spring from the Athens scene. Upon returning to Los Angeles, Lipson and Jiroudek regrouped with guitarist Dylan Rodrigue, and long-time collaborator and bassist Marcus Högsta, with whom they continue to develop new material and perform. Wistappear plans to release Knack For Whatever later this year, and share a few singles in the meantime.
Available for any sized venue, as well as private events and parties. Wistappear performs regularly throughout Southern California and has a wide variety of original music.
"Wistappear doesn’t do anything by the indie-rock playbook. Songwriter Ian Lipson has a penchant for sonic whimsy, lyrical hyperactivity..."
(Kevin Bronson, Buzzbands.LA)
“Wistappear is an interesting fusion of psychedelia, wonky rock n’ roll and folk-pop… These guys aren’t conforming to any trends and they’re still having fun; L.A. bands can do that, you know.”
(Seraphina Lotkhamnga, Buzzbands.LA)
“I can’t fault this record at all, it is such an easy record to listen to and enjoy. It’s a ruckus of heightened elevation wrapped up in indie pop form.“
(Jacinta Fox, The Blue Walrus)
Indie, Alternative, Pop