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An Ode to Twin Peaks

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When you first hear the words Twin Peaks,” David Lynch’s 90s TV series investigating the murder of Laura Palmer might come to mind. Or maybe you think of the landmark identical hills in San Francisco.

Up until recently, whenever anyone said “Twin Peaks,” those were the two things that came to my mind. Then a couple months ago, my friend told me to check out an up-and-coming garage rock band that he claimed were “underrated.”

So I did. And ever since, whenever I hear “Twin Peaks,” I think of the dreamy four piece that stole my heart in mid- February.

Twin Peaks was formed in 2009 while the boys (vocalist/guitarist Cadien Lake James, vocalist/guitarist Clay Frankel, bassist Jack Dolan, and drummer Connor Brodner) were still in high school in Chicago. After graduating, most of them made their way to the West Coast where they studied at Evergreen in Olympia, probably chasing the remnants of the Seattle area garage/punk rock scene. Shortly after, all of them ended up dropping out to focus on pursuing music. And so it all began.

For ME, it all began when I watched the music video for “Making Breakfast”:

Okay, admittedly I was a bit distracted by the overwhelming cuteness of one of the lead singers, Clay (he’s just real cute). On a more serious note, this band is very awesome. Making Breakfast is my favorite song on their newest album Wild Onion, and it’s so great because it has a wonderful goofy, cheesy charm. 

They take their music seriously, but don’t take themselves too seriously. That, to me, is a perfect balance. And this attitude rubs off on listeners. You can’t take anything too seriously when listening to Making Breakfast: 

Nothing is forever, that’s right but don’t let it get you down

Thanks Twin Peaks! I won’t let it get me down! I can’t count the times I’ve been walking through campus on a gloomy day and I got an instant high from blasting that song in my headphones. It takes a huge effort to stop myself from dancing in the midst of hundreds of strangers.

Listen to it! You can’t help but start dancing. And then right in the middle of the album they just threw in a crazy sax solo! A garage rock band did that! What an interlude. It’s insane because it’s so random, and when I first heard it I thought I was imagining things but I promise it’s really there.

Get ready to hear a lot more of Twin Peaks. Lined up to play at giant music festivals like Sasquatch, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands, Twin Peaks really has the potential to bring back the sound of danceable garage rock. They are relatable, hilarious, and their perfect mix of laid-back vibes and high energy could make them turn into icons for the slacker generation.

I love them. I love everything about them. (And I especially love Clay). You should love them too. Do something good for yourself. Download Wild Onion and listen to it on repeat for three months, because thats what I’ve been doing and it’s been going pretty damn well.

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Rad Report: Experimental Label–Danger Collective Records–Expands to Seattle

There are very few times that a dream is captured and transformed into reality. So often we realize that we’ve aspired our whole lives toward one goal and never fully achieved it. This is clearly not the circumstance in the case of Danger Collective Records—an experimental record label started and based in Los Angeles—which was created on a brilliant principle of “by artists for artists” in January of 2014. A few old friends of mine from high school created this label—Reed Kanter is the original founder with help from Michael Lewis, Jackson Katz, Patrick Jewett, and Nolan Pearson. “When [Reed] started the label [he] was trying to put this idea of…‘talent without fans’…into motion” 

(Reed Kanter), and the dream seems to have come true. After growing up in a somewhat isolated area in the mountains surrounding the LA area where there wasn’t a strong market for small shows and live music, Reed gathered a group of his friends and changed that with a goal in mind “to bring people together over music and make a difference for bands” (Reed Kanter). He created a record label, which is now expanding across the country. I’ve been lucky enough to stay in touch with Reed—who is currently living in New York, and I’ve also stayed close with Michael as we both made the move from LA to Seattle this past fall.

I, myself, have enjoyed jamming to the indie rock/garage punk music that I’ve experienced at the Danger Collective shows down in LA; but what really caught my attention was when I heard from Michael that Danger Collective is no longer solely concentrated in LA—and is actually expanding to both New York (courtesy of Reed) and Seattle (courtesy of Michael)! The moment I heard this, my excitement grew—just knowing that I might soon have the opportunity to jam out to the awesome tunes being produced by this innovative label whether I’m in LA, my home town; Seattle, my true love and current home; or New York, just visiting.

When I heard about the expansion, I naturally had tons of questions for Michael and Reed about this big move up north and back east. So I set up a time to meet with Michael in hopes that he could give me some inside information on the extension of the label in our very own backyard; I later was able to contact Reed as well to hear about how the expansion is progressing in New York.

Michael is now the CFO, and is mainly in control of the money and distribution in the newly forming Seattle branch. I asked him what inspired him to expand the label further north and he explained that it was mostly a mix of the convenience of being able to go to an awesome school like UW and being able to further develop the label in a remarkable city such as Seattle with such an established music scene.


The Collective’s punk bands duel it out at INSIDELANDS 2014

Danger Collective generally signs bands with a very ‘Los Angeles-esque’ sound, but the label has been really good about not boxing itself into any group of specific genres or subgenres. Danger Collective actually signs bands on an extremely wide spectrum of categories—examples of these varieties include “garage rock/post punk (Slow Hollows and Bobby T and The Slackers), Punk (Cool Runnings and P.H.F of New Zealand) psychedelic rock (Casinos and Te Amo), ambient trap (Polo Club and Best Friend, experimental (Nirvanus), singer song writer (Salmon), pop punk (Rexx), and more,” according to Reed Kanter.

However, when I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Michael, he noted that “eventually the Seattle sound, the really weird, like…electronic-y thing will…seep” into the label’s unique mix of music that they represent, which I’m really looking forward to. Despite being open-minded to the idea of letting in new genres and moods of music, Michael admitted to me that “LA had a really big influence on [the label] because that’s what [the creators of the label] were used to [listening to their whole] lives.” It seems that these LA vibes are making their way up to Seattle as Michael has gotten Danger Collective’s “releases into several record stores” in the Seattle area (according to Reed Kanter).

Reed currently does a lot for the label in addition to being the original founder; despite his role in “[managing] artists, [booking] shows, [promoting] bands, [contacting] pressing factories for vinyl, [pressing] cassette tapes, [reviewing] submitted demos, …[managing] the social media, and [taking a role in] anything else that needs to be done,” he humbly told me that he “can’t take all the credit” for the label’s success, and he is very grateful for his friends’ help and support.

He is currently busy in New York getting shows together and spreading word of Danger Collective to the east coast. There’s actually already been a New York show presented by Danger Collective in which Reed took a different approach than the label usually does as he “went for a more electronic genre. Nirvanus opened and he was followed by Best Friend, Eaves, Tele/Visions, then Young Ejecta who headlined.” It sounds like it was a fucking rad show, and I seriously recommend checking out all of these artists. It made me wish I could’ve been in New York for it, but got me extremely enthusiastic about the future potential Danger Collective has right here in the amazing city we live in.

Michael let me know that once a couple more Danger Collective representatives make their way up to Washington, he hopes to have the resources to begin signing local Seattle artists and putting together shows—so keep your eyes and ears peeled for more information on that! In the meantime, get a taste of Danger Collective’s artists in a video playlist from the New Radio presentation, Battle Show IV:

Currently involved in the label are Reed Kanter, Michael Lewis, Jackson Katz, Nolan Pearson, Patrick Jewett, Dylan Thinnes, Franklin Newby, and Nick Fenjves. The label has come a long way in just a year, with their expansion spanning across the country. According to Reed, “Danger Collective Records now has music in stores across the country and [the label has their] artists featured on iTunes and Spotify.” I’m obviously thrilled about what’s to come for the Seattle branch of Danger Collective Records, and can’t wait to see where all divisions of the label go in the future. Be sure to follow Danger Collective Records at dangercollectiverecords.com and on Facebook, and keep an eye out for upcoming shows presented by Danger Collective Records in the Seattle area (or in LA/New York if you’re ever stopping by)!

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