SLOPPY, HAPPY GARAGE
Other critics have said too much about their reference-y band name, who really cares though? Twin Peaks make Replacements-style rock that’s typically reverb-laden – they don’t call it garage for nothing – and that’s all we need to know about the Chicago quartet. Sunken is a fun summer album that’s retro-fantastic from start to finish.
Their opening jam ‘Baby Blue’ makes us feel like a particular moment in time in turn of the decade late ‘60s – like we were dancing next to a jukebox in small town America. Jangly guitars, catchy and uncomplicated drums, slightly inaudible vocals, and concise songwriting are the band’s basic makeup, and it works because despite how similar and interchangeable the tracks get, Twin Peaks make them short enough to never overstay their welcome.
Take ‘Out of Commission’, running at just a minute and half, the track is still fist-pumping in its shout-y vocals. Impressive still, it even manages to squeeze in a microcosmic Thin Lizzy-esque guitar solo. To compose succinct, to the point songs is the most sensible thing you can do when your band’s music is gossamer-light. This isn’t to say Twin Peaks aren’t without their meaningful moments though, despite being a cutesy ditty, ‘Irene’ is as good of a love song you can get from a band that’s out of time.
LISTEN TO: ‘Irene’
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