Twin Peaks//LIFE – From the depths of the archives….
I saw these bands in October and wrote a review that ended up unpublished by sites due to being lost in the email vortex and I figure its been long enough to post it here now, the dates and things might be a bit off though…
As the latest band with more than a hint of hype and expectancy behind them from everyone ‘in the know’ and backed by two impressive supports, taking to the backstreet underground of Dalston, Twin Peaks had a high bar set for their first headline show on UK soil, and one they thankfully pulled off in fine style.
Due to the natural unreliability of London’s transport system, upon arriving Thee MVPs were just finishing up their set – an unfortunate incident due to the sheer intensity they displayed in their final two minutes with crashing grungy guitars and the visible energy of an army of thousands, judging by which their show had been brilliant, and definitely worth looking out for in the future.
In no time at all however the stage had been set for Hull’s finest new offering in the form of LIFE, a quartet boasting a live show even more endearing than their countless punk infused tracks and within 30 seconds frontman Mez Green was tearing through the audience and writhing about in such impressive dance moves, you couldn’t help but admire the bunch for their energetic approach alone. Along with it though, the outfit brought a sound worthy of intense admiration – from their debut singles ‘Money’ and ‘Crawling’ through to the latest rip roaring ‘Take Off With You’ with countless unreleased gems thrown in-between, LIFE showcased infectious garage-punk drawing from the likes of Parquet Courts alongside sparkling early 00’s indie riffs placed in perfect harmony, and when delivered with such carefree nature, LIFE put on a show more than worthy of the £7 ticket, and they were only the support.
Next up however came the highly anticipated headliners of the evening, playing their debut headline UK show despite already having 2 stellar LP’s to their name back home, Chicago’s Twin Peaks.
With an onstage presence much similar to the reasoning behind their name – “simply cool” – the quartet immediately stormed into their set with full force and a large chunk of their second monster LP, ‘Wild Onion’. Skimming through a majority of the 16 album tracks, alongside thicker cuts from last year’s ‘Sunken’, the quartet showcased the racous nature of their sound – tearing between psychedelic guitar experimentations merged with subtle elements of pure twee pop such as Telephone and full out explosions of brash rock not disimilar to the likes of Thee Oh Sees and Ty Seagall.
Latest single ‘I Found A New Way’ saw guitarist Clay Frankel step up to the mic with the gravely baritone leaving frontman Cadien Smith to drive the screaming and guitars – instantaneously sending the crowd into a mass craze of furious dancing , the likes of ‘Flavor’ and ‘Making Breakfast’ were too greeted effortlessly with this response before previous single ‘Stand In The Stand’ – undoubted highlight of the set- upped the fast paced energy with the frantic screams of Smith and the outfit were soon clamouring for air – something a basement full of intoxicated excitable fans was never quite going to provide.
After seemingly shot after shot of impressive album cut – with there being seemingly not an under par track in the extensive set – an admirable achievement, though one that took it’s toll on the frantic exhaustive dancers of the crowd, the band crashed through ‘Fast Eddie’ at the request of an alcoholic promise and fired offstage in admists the awestricken – and very very hot – mass around.
Twin Peaks may not quite yet have hit household name status, but in the indie underground they’re fast making it – and with 2 incredible albums and a furiously energetic liveshow recommended by all to back it up, they are more than ones to watch – and ones that could easily be the ‘next big thing’.