Holy shit, now that was a party. Chicago rock band Twin Peaks brought their rowdy Midwestern ways to NYC for a few nights last week, playing Mercury Lounge on Wednesday followed by a gig at Williamsburg’s Baby’s All Right on Thursday night. I wonder of the posh socialites a few doors down at Peter Luger was able to hear everyone. The gig’s supporting act The Lemons did a hell of a job getting the audience fluffed up for the headliner, but it was Twin Peaks who really got everyone dancing and crowd surfing to their Fender guitars and Marshall amps. Even singer/guitarist Cadien James being forced to chair it for the evening due to an apparent leg injury didn’t stop these guys from throwing a great rock show. Not bad for a band consisting of members barely out of their teen years.
On tour in support of their recently released album, Wild Onion the band tore through a set comprised of songs from the album as well as jams from their 2013 release, Sunken. As they tore through their set things also started tearing from the building, including the sound clouds that hang from the ceiling for acoustic purposes. As the people in the crowd passed the materials around like a lit smoke, the band kept rocking on. Their sound is mostly just meat and potatoes guitar to the common ear but anyone with a vast mental catalog of rock music can hear 80s glam and pop/rock plus some 70s anthem chord and melodic styles. Add those influences to their own modern garage rock tendencies and you’ve got a great band who knows how to put on a great performance. I wasn’t fooled by their jeans and Williamsburg-esque thrift shop button downs, there wasn’t anything generic or basic about these guys. They carried plenty of flash and pomp to go around.
Article by: Tom Shackleford