Twin Peaks - Audiotree Live
TWIN PEAKS - FADE AWAY
At this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival, the talk of Saturday morning quickly became Chicago’s young garage-rock outfit Twin Peaks. The band’s singer, Cadien Lake James, appeared on stage in a wheelchair with his leg in a cast, and even though he was a little less mobile, Twin Peaks’ set was no less nimble. Ripping through songs from its debut Sunken and more recent Wild Onion, the band spilled energy out into the festival grounds, staking its claim as one of garage-rock’s newest frontrunners in the process.
The A.V. Club is premiering the video for “Fade Away,” directed by Ryan Ohm, which collects footage from Twin Peaks’ set at Pitchfork and gives it all a grainy ’70s feel, from the title card up top all the way down to the video’s jump-cut transitions. Musically, “Fade Away” makes the most out of its meager two minutes, showing the band’s ability to craft an earworm out of riffs that are as primal as they are infectious.
It’s a good thing the young men of twinpeaksdudes are all 20 years old, because they are working at a furious pace that few post-30s bands could handle. In the past 5 days, live performance footage has surfaced from myriad locations, including their free-wheelin’ performance for this summer’s pitchfork Music Festival, a Treehouse Records session/interview for coslive, a sneak peak at their JBTV show taping, and a new video for their song “Fade Away” (premiered by AV Club, and GIFd out above).
Tomorrow they will live stream a performance and interview with Audiotree.tv at 2PM CDT. Basically, you could spend the rest of the afternoon surfing from one live performance to another. That said, everyone knows watching a video isn’t the same as catching the real deal, so the band is pumped to reignite the Wild Onion tour, which starts back up next week and essentially continues until Thanksgiving. The tour includes stops at the Goose Island/XRT 312 Urban Block Partyin their hometown of Chicago, a performance at the Brooklyn Flea Market, and a slew of shows at CMJ (most still to be announced in the coming weeks), including headlining the Rough Trade Day Party. They’ve also announced support for the tour, including Meatbodies, Criminal Hygiene, Ne-Hi, Radkey, and Tweens. Check the full schedule here, and get your ears on Wild Onion over on iTunes.
There has been a lot of talk about this punk rock band out of Rogers Park, so it was a no brainer to have them perform as guests at JBTV studios in downtown Chicago. The band most certainly made it clear that this was their home turf, as the JBTV audience responded to their high energy set in legendary fashion. The whole room bounced in unison as Twin Peaks went into an older song of theirs “Baby Blue” off their debut album Sunken (Autumn Tone Records). These baby faced rock stars are poised to take over the world as they are sure to embark on a path to fame. For more pure, unadulterated, face melting punk rock, be sure to check out their new album Wild Onion which was released on August 5th by Grand Jury Music.
Twin Peaks’ live performance at JBTV Studios was a crate of bananas and will go done in legend never to be forgotten by the audience or JBTV. This four piece alt-punk band slayed a room filled to capacity with infectious electricity. Twin Peaks started their set just like their new album Wild Onion (Grand Jury Music) beginning with the song “I Found a New Way.” The crowd busted into a frenzy by jumping, moshing, and crowd surfing that ensued for the entire show. Twin Peaks have found a great way of riling up crowds with short high energy tracks. Clay Frankel took over the mic on this track and added a lot of extra attitude for the raucous JBTV audience. Fair warning – this track needs to be on your mobile phone just in case an emergency house party needs breaks out.
TWIN PEAKS (INTERVIEW/PERFORMANCE) - TREEHOUSE SESSIONS
THE LINE OF BEST FIT
Twin Peaks - Wild Onion
Some bands will change your life. You know the ones. The moments when you listen to a record and experience what can only be described as an epiphany. Those instances are both joyous and rare, in fact, their elusiveness only makes them all the more delicious. We all remember those moments. Exactly when and how they happen – and, crucially, who you are listening to – varies, but generally everyone will have a certain band or record that really connected them to music for the first time. Twin Peaks might not be that band. But, if you are of a certain age, Wild Onion is one record that might make you reconnect with those teenage moments once again.
Twin Peaks might find their name to be both a blessing and curse this year, as attention turns to the 25th anniversary of David Lynch’s unnerving yet iconic TV series. But the name hints at the way this band imbue their material with the scent of American independent TV, cinema and music. The band’s sound ricochets through the decades, from the surf pop of The Beach Boys via the retro Americana stylings ofTom Petty and the Heartbreakers to 00s alternative guitar bands, like The Shins.
The Shins thing is important. Whether they intended it or not (I suspect not), Wild Onion feels like a more raucous Oh, Inverted World (which, incidentally, contains a song called “Know Your Onion”), with its uptempo, rock and roll tinged tracks like “Telephone”, its grumbling, indie love songs like “Sweet Thing” and the quietly melancholic “Ordinary People”. Their raw vocals make the Twin Peaks sound more visceral and a generous dose of distortion injects a West Coast flavour, reminiscent of the kind of late 00s lo-fi, surf-rock, purveyed by bands like Surfer Blood (who, incidentally, wrote a song called “Twin Peaks”).
Here’s why The Shins thing is really important: Wild Onion is an album made by people in their late teens/early twenties which will speak to people of exactly that age. It sounds like music made by kids who were lost in back bedrooms full of old 70s records, who got high and watched Scrubs and other whimsical stylings of Zach Braff (hence, track four: “Sloop Jay D”, a whiny, neurotic ballad, about hoping that girls like you and want to “fuck you”). And, thanks to Braff’s Garden State’, we all know: The Shins will change your life.
If you were one of those teenagers who really bought into that claim, Wild Onion will do great things for you. It’s an album which can help you rediscover America and the icons of its alternative culture, particularly those from the mid to late 00s. Twin Peaks somehow manage to translate the last ten years of American guitar music into a 40 minute package that will help you remember why you fell in love with all of the bands which ‘changed your life’ in the first place.