2019Worthwhile Sounds Presents...
White Reaper w/ Twen, The Styrofoam Turtles
JuneDoors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv/ $15
Though unabashedly indie rock, their songs genre-bend from shoe-gaze-sized walls of sound to Beatle-esque call-and-response vocal harmonies. While Jones’ delicate finger-picking patterns ring through fuzz and distortion, combining folk roots with in-your-face rock; Fitzsimmons’ voice weaves through guitar lines with Cocteau Twin’s inspired flair, giving breath of ethereal mysticism to any club show. The often fragmented and stream-of-consciousness lyrics are intensified by countless infectious melodies that are as timeless as they are simple.
Twen’s years-in-the-making live performance is built upon a classic rock setup of vocals, guitar, bass, and drums. With the foundation of Jones and Fitzsimmons, the band has cycled through rhythm players; often to keep up with their packed schedule. Life on the road is hard to maintain, especially when the only mechanism for spreading your music time-warps to an archaic traveling band. The two have run Airbnbs while touring, played in exchange for skydiving, screen printed (by hand) nearly a thousand pre-owned merch items designed by Fitzsimmons, and booked their own tours; eventually leading them to now give up sedentary life all together and convert a van into a mobile tiny-home. DIY in every sense of the phrase.
Disregarding music industry order-of-operations, Twen further defied the mold through their ‘Twen Live’ cassette release in 2017. Recorded from their first performance (ever) in a Boston basement, the 5 song EP is their only recorded music prior to their upcoming release. Awestruck, their debut record (out via Frenchkiss Records) is a time capsule of their music on and off the road, two years in the making. Recorded at different times and locations, each song builds upon the next, starting with the title track ‘Awestruck’ the first song ever written between the two; bookended with ’Horseblood’ the slow burning haunt with a vocal maturity and complexity only harnessed through experience. Often referencing time itself, like the top-heavy rock anthem ‘Long Time’, time stretches throughout the record, and leaves you wanting more.
Despite the band's strange start, promise grows with each step Twen takes. The freedom and chaos brought on by their nomadic roots leaks into their live performance, only to saturate further with time. With touring now defining how a rock band can earn keep in 2019, Twen has no problem going back in time to make their future. Awestruck serves as their digital flag, a compressed promise of the joyous energy that awaits in their tours and records to come.