JOE AZZOPARDI (UPPER LIP): “You Cannot Be A Copycat And Call Yourself An Artist”

Upper Lip

Heroes of Gozo

Hailing from the Island of Gozo, Upper Lip formed in 2013, busting their chops from local gig to local gig. The group channeled their rock heroes such as AC/DC, Rush, Rory Gallagher, and Waylon Jennings when it came time to put music to record on their debut release Deep Within. Upper Lip is lead by guitarist and main songwriter Joe Azzopardi. I had the chance to speak with Joe shortly after the album’s official release.

Highlights Include

  • UPPER LIP - Deep WithinDiscussion of Upper Lip’s new album Deep Within 
  • What it took the band six years to release their first album
  • Touring possibilities
  • Signing with Pride & Joy Music
  • Being the main songwriter
  • What inspired the band’s name
  • AC/DC’s influence on the band
  • How they utilized an arts grant to help fund the album
  • … and much, much more!

Upper Lip is

Chris Portelli – Vocals
Joseph Azzopardi – Lead Guitar
Paul Cini – Rhythm Guitar
Marcel Paul Grima – Bass
Silvio Cini – Drums



  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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