Few things in life are easily defined. Just when we think we’ve got something figured out, change sweeps in and throws us for a loop. Best not to get too comfortable. It’s a practice
Gina Volpe has embraced as a prolific musician/visual artist/composer ever since forming her
first band back in high school, NYC’s legendary female rockers the Lunachicks.
Change has come once again. To follow up her 2017 debut solo EP Different Animal, described as “a diverse collection of tracks layered with chunky riffs, pop, and dance sounds” (She Shreds), Volpe has released six eclectic singles in a monthly single series entitled “Winter to Spring.” Produced by Barb Morrison (Blondie, Franz Ferdinand).
The series kicked off in January 2019 with “Time To Come,” a thundering feminist call to arms written in response to the SCOTUS Kavanaugh hearings, with Rolling Stone posting, "Volpe, channels modern angst via detuned metal guitars and rattling 808 beats on her new solo single." Followed by February’s bouncy pop groove, “Make It Good” which made for the perfect soundtrack to the latest Vans ad campaign featuring a photograph of Gina on stage in the 90’s with Lunachicks at CBGB’s. The series ended in June on the first day of summer with the buzzy, but brooding smasher of a track, “The Beat Don’t Lie.”
In “Winter to Spring” Volpe’s heart is fully present with feelings of loss, rage, and even playful hopefulness giving each of the singles their own story, style and mood. Such as the 80s-sounding synth-pop song, “Don’t Give Up On Me” to “Black Butterfly” a mix of one part electro and one part 70’s rock all tied up neatly with a punk pop bow.
The hybrid tunes fit in with the impressive volume of work Volpe has churned out over the years. Her songs have drawn comparisons to everyone from St. Vincent and PJ Harvey to Queens of the Stone Age and The Kills. Volpe has found a way to meld a foundation of heavy rock, punk, and blues with electronic, pop, and dance in a way that reflects her hometown’s all-in ethos. “I do what the muse tells me,” Volpe says with a laugh. “What comes out comes out.”
Known as a blistering lead guitarist, Gina Volpe made the leap to frontwoman in the
early 2000s when she launched her own band, Bantam. The music was more dissonant,
complex, and dark, with the Village Voice raving it combined "brute force with bewitching melodies." By 2006, Volpe decided to take a pause from life on the road and focus her work behind the scenes. She set up a home studio and began scoring for films, expanded her output as a visual artist, composed and produced the off-Broadway rock musical Homo The Musical, and even served as the motion capture model for the female guitarist and bassist characters in the blockbuster video game Rock Band.
In 2020 the Lunachicks announced reunion shows with two sold out shows at Webster Hall in NYC and the Punk Rock Bowling festival in Las Vegas. However, the onset of the Corona Virus pandemic has thrown those dates into uncertainty.
Meanwhile in lockdown Volpe has kept busy and will be releasing a one minute home recorded PSA entitled, “Don’t Touch Your Face” under her company’s name Volpe Co. and accompanied by a video directed and animated by Leah Shore.
Gina Volpe’s albums