If you’ve been following Twin Peaks you know them as the up and coming garage rockers from Chicago. Their previous 2 albums established their sound as laid back, youthful and just the right amount of messy. But now a third album titled Down in Heaven is set to release this spring and it might just break your expectations. At the end of last month they shared the first song off the album, “Walk to the One You Love”.
It features so many great new things – horns! Harmonies! Rock n roll guitar solos! It seems like the boys might be moving away from the signature lo-fi sound of their earliest days and towards a more crisp classic rock vibe. It’s clear that there are some new musical influences in play like blues (possibly inspired by their Chicago heritage?) and maybe even rockabilly. At the same time, “Walk to the One You Love” definitely sounds like a Twin Peaks song. Uplifting guitar riffs and gritty vocals act like musical fingerprints for the band.
This new song is undeniable proof that there are cool things in store for the Twin Peaks dudes. Down in Heaven will be released on May 13th by Grand Jury Music.
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.