The State Of Music: Part 11: Nevada - Twin Brother
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Twin Brother's album cover hurts my eyes. I imagine it sums up what living in Vegas is like. It would make sense considering this where this 4 piece band hail from.
The thing I like about Twin Brother is their music sounds 'big' and I don't mean that in a noisy way. There is a lot of depth and unusual rhythms in there. For someone as disjointed as me, this is very much a good thing.
As per usual, you can listen to Twin Brother's 'Best Frenzy' album below and buy it for a very resonable price of just $5..which is around £3 in the Queen's money. And while you do that, check out the interview below.
CMM: Welcome to Choose My Music. Could you give us a quick run down of who's in Twin Brother and how long you have been together.
TB: Twin Brother consists of Adam, Sonny, Niko, and Brian. We've been playing together in some form since the winter of 2008.
CMM: How did Twin Brother get started?
TB: Chance. One person playing in some band here, two brothers who had always jammed together, and another guy who lived a few miles outside of Las Vegas in a little place called Pahrump. All of our paths somehow crossed when we were all trying to play music, and I guess you could say it all worked itself out.
CMM: How best would you describe your music?
TB: Varied and quixotic. We like to try a lot of different styles and techniques, there's just so many different influences and ideas running through all of us that we try as best as we can to get them all out, regardless of context. This tends to bring a very honest sentiment to our songs, since we're just trying to make what we want to hear, a cacophony of melodies.
CMM: You are based out in Nevada. What is the music scene like where you are?
TB: Confused to say the least. We exist in a vacuum, since we aren't directly tied to any real national music scene like Austin or L.A. or New York are. We do our best, but many of the acts seem uninspired, almost playing music just to say they can. The divide between venues is also enormous depending on the size of band. We have the amphitheaters in the hotels for the national acts, and the stages built a foot high out of found 2x4's in the corners of bars for the indie bands. We don't have the mid-size venues like the Troubadour or The Bottom of the Hill or The Casbah, gigantic and luxurious versus small and ramshackle. At least we have something, though.
CMM: One thing I am hoping to find in this series is some kind of link between where a band is based and their music. Do you feel as a band you are influenced by your surroundings and the scene around you?
TB: Definitely, we all grew up in Las Vegas so I suppose we couldn't help but put that in the music somewhere. All the colors and mania of this town come through in our album, and it wasn't planned, it just happened that way.
CMM: What other influences does the band have, musical or otherwise?
TB: Super Nintendo. Seriously, all the music on that system is awesome. The tones and melodies of that time have so much memory for us now that we're older.
CMM: One thing I felt when listening to your album is that each song seems to blend seemlessly into the next, as if the album was written as a body of work as opposed to individual songs. Is this the case or is it clever track positioning?
TB: Certainly we did our best to make an album of the songs, and not just record a bunch of tracks and place them in whatever order seemed to make the most sense. Best Frenzy was recorded with intention of the tracks being in the order that you see them on the finished album.
CMM: Have you ever played across state lines and if so how does playing in other states differ from your own?
TB: Yes we have, we played in San Diego, CA and the response was really positive. A bunch of people really wanted to take something home with them, and the only thing we had to offer at the time were a couple of home burned demos, so we gave those out. It was much different in the sense that people were there purely to see a band they hadn't seen before, rather than locals catching a band they just saw a month prior.
CMM: What's next for Twin Brother?
TB: We're always working on more material in some form, and whatever we come up with next will be a departure from this album. Some sort of label support would be great, so we could get the record out to more ears. And touring, boy would we love to do that as soon as we can.
CMM: And finally, where can people reach out to you online and where can they get hold of your stuff?
TB: You can stream the record for free or download it for 5$ at twin-brother.bandcamp.com
If you want to stop by and say whats up our set up a show with us you can reach us at www.facebook.com/twinbrother or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org