“Pounding, ruthless, party-willing-and-party-ready-garage-rock.” – Esquire
Twin Peaks isn’t your average indie rock band. Often compared to a perfectly eclectic mix of The Strokes, Tame Impala and The Rolling Stones, Twin Peaks are rising to astronomical levels, with appearances at Lollapalooza and Firefly Music Festival scheduled this summer. Hailing from Chicago, the band consists of vocalist Cadien Lake James, guitarist Clay Frankel, bassist Jack Dolan and drummer Connor Brodner.
Branding themselves as a form of garage rock, Twin Peaks is relentless in their presentation and roar with a vivacity that is lacking with their contemporaries. Their style has been popularized by the likes of Weezer and Green Day, but Twin Peaks adds a new dimension to the genre of garage rock with a psychedelic pop twist, a unique feature of their band.
Unknown to most people is the fact that the band formed in their freshman year of high school under the name Teenage Dream in 2009. The Chicago indie rock scene substantially aided in the upbringing of Twin Peaks and eventually molded their multifaceted sound.
“We played our first show when I was a freshman,” says Cadien, “and of the three people who came out, one was Alex White of White Mystery. She loved it. Alex has taught me a lot about being business smart and taking things slow, about being grateful and expressing thanks where due, and about being a gracious musician. The generosity of all the bands in the scene out here is pretty amazing.”
In 2013, the band put out their first record titled “Sunken.” Highlights from the album include “Irene,” which carries an ethereal feel that is driven by a pulsating, delayed guitar and “Out of Commission,” which is a brief 1:25 song, but packs a surf-tinged power chord progression with a guitar solo that is simply outstanding.
Overall, “Sunken” is the perfect, in-your-face garage rock album that accurately provides a taste of the sound that Twin Peaks incorporates.
Soon after, the band returned to their roots in Chicago and began recording “Wild Onion,” their second and latest release. Released under the Grand Jury label, “Wild Onion” is their most ambitious album, which explores the themes of growing up in both a musical and mature manner.
“Making Breakfast,” easily one of the catchiest songs off the album, exhumes a feel of The Rolling Stones’ “Beast of Burden” and boasts an energetic progression that carries the playful lyrics that accompany it.
“Flavor” is reminiscent of a Weezer “Green Album”-era piece that erupts in a melodic solo that turns clean after a distorted power chord progression.
“The album deals with a lot of insecurities that arise when you’re growing up,” explains Cadien, “It’s about adopting them and being vulnerable to let out the tunes. It ain’t ideal, but it’s sublime.”
Twin Peaks is full of potential and has made a reputation for being the forerunners of the garage rock movement of the 21st century. These happy-go-lucky folks out of Chicago are just getting started and ready to conquer the indie rock world as they constantly progress their sound and image.
To promote their new collection of demos from “Wild Onion,” Twin Peaks will stop at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA on Monday, May 4. The show will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will feature openers White Reaper and Walking Ghosts. Tickets are available for $10 and will increase to $13 at the door.
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