Seattle’s Wild Lips celebrates the release of its first album, “Shameless,” at the Funhouse on Friday, Aug. 19.
Seattle’s Wild Lips seems like the kind of outfit that wouldn’t object to being called a bar band — and rightfully so. Composed of singer-guitarist Billy Barros and drummer Preston Darvill, the duo formed last year and plays high-energy rock ’n’ roll that goes down well with a cold one. It spikes a mix of college-rock jangle and early grunge plod with folk-punk shoutalongs and country shuffles (Replacements, Springsteen and Social Distortion fans take notice). There’s still room in the sonic margins for a bassist to potentially step in, but no rush — the dynamic that the duo has found works so well there’s no need to let just anyone in.
Wild Lips celebrates the release of its surprisingly confident first album, “Shameless,” at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at the Funhouse, 109 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle; $8-$10 (206-262-0482 or elcorazonseattle.com). Also on the bill are Fun Police, Spiderface and Dread Crew of Oddwood.