I first heard of Twin Peaks through Don’t Need No Melody, a blog from New York run by a girl whose music consumption seems completely never-ending, and I’d recommend a read of it sometime because I now really like this band.
They’re currently causing a buzz, which is slowly increasing in volume in the world of guitar bands, with high praise from NME and Huw Stephens, but the trend doesn’t seem to have fully reached Glasgow yet as a modestly quiet G2 hosts them for the night.
Their guitarist, Clay Frankel, is smoking a cigarette outside when I approach and he nods when I say hello leaving me to wonder if he’ll be as reserved on stage in front of so few people.
The short answer to that question is absolutely not; he’s the first to jump on stage and, in the most badass act of taking control, he widens his eyes and screams as loudly and for as long as he can, turning heads and causing smiles.
It’s hilarious and somehow kind of intimidating, and it’s a clear message to the sparse crowd that Twin Peaks are still here to put 100% into their show.
They crack on with abandon and play their shambolic brand of rock ’n’ roll unabashedly and in a manner that makes you vividly imagine life as a teen in idyllic-red-cup-party America.
Their core group consists of two guitarists and a bassist, who all take turns singing, and a drummer as well as a touring member on keyboard and synth, which pads out the sound considerably and gives it a similar production sound to their records.
“This next song is about a bad mushie trip” as bassist Jack Dolan puts it, pretty much summing up their style of immaturely humorous stage banter, a part of their show which doesn’t let up with everyone in the band participating.
The song in question is ‘Fade Away’, an especially catchy song among music entirely built around feel good vibes.
Every song is high energy, and when they play ‘Making Breakfast’ the audience shows their appreciation.
Despite the immature coating, it has to be said that the uncaged nature of playing that the band naturally possesses exhibits a mature professionalism, which puts them at that level of convincing musical performance that so many young bands struggle to reach because of their inhibitions.
Had the show been at a smaller venue where it would have been completely packed, the atmosphere might have been slightly more exciting, but Twin Peaks show why the hype surrounding them is more than deserved because they completely throw themselves at the show anyway.
Hopefully when they come back more Glaswegians will have discovered them and take in the delights of Twin Peaks.
Words: Greg Murray
Photos: Stewart Fullerton