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The band name Twin Peaks comes with its own set of assumptions - perhaps you'd imagine they sound like the ethereal band who played in a bath of blue light at the Roadhouse, or perhaps like the 50s jukebox jazz that Audrey Horn liked to swing to in the diner - but Chicago-based Twin Peaks sound like nothing you've heard on David Lynch's classic show. Perhaps the moniker references adolescent angst, or a desire for transcendence, or simply an appreciation for chaos. The boys (pretty sure they're all under 20) label themselves "heavy pop," but "pop" is used in a sense of the word that fuses late-60s harmony-heavy psych-garage and 90s bass-heavy post-punk. I'd be inclined to categorize them somewhere between Weezer and the Pixies (if you swapped the bass for a lead guitar), with a penchant for jangly, catchy riffs and lyrics about stoner introspection.

Their high-energy set at Hype Machine's Hype Hotel showcase during the Aquarium Drunkard party seemed to warp us back to an exciting world on the cerebral tail-end of the grunge movement, simultaneously equipped with the sparkly cynicism of the "Cool Britannia" invasion (think: Blur, Pulp). The result was enthusiastic jump-dancing, shouts of "Rock and roll!" and plenty of new fans.

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I said I never used to dig the sunshine much
Until I smoked some marijuana, man
I'm just a real chill guy with the pretty big sky
and a burning stand in the sand
Oh yeah, oh yeah, yeah!
I said never used to get around a lot until I got some money in my hand
Oh yeah, oh yeah!
I said I never used to dig the sunshine much I never knew it would be
Where the feeling's low, and pretty biddies go,
to watch the flowers grow and let their bad vibes go
Oh yeah, oh yeah, yeah!
Oh-oh yeah, yeah! Oh-oh yeah, yeah!
Yeah, my baby Blue's comin' home Oh yeah, don't gotta talk on the phone
Yeah, my baby Blue's comin' home Oh yeah, I'm gonna make it well known
Yeah, my baby Blue's comin' home Oh yeah, don't gotta talk on the phone
Yeah, my baby Blue's comin' home Oh yeah, I'm gonna make it well known
Little darlin', come down and see A high standard of living
just ain't for me just ain't for me
Just tell me somethin', why can't you see?
You're a natural villain, stay far from me, stay far from me
Start trying to treat me like I wanna be
Start trying to treat me like I wanna be Stop trying so hard
Start trying to treat me like I wanna be Start trying to treat me like I wanna be
Start trying to treat me like I wanna be
You make a fool out of yourself
When you see me by myself You act as though you're something else
That you're thinking of But I know what you're thinking of
And I'm surprised when you're surprised
You're talking to some other guys But I know when I'm in your thighs
That I'll be the only then And you won't be so lonely then
Well, I've been rain drippin' lately
Nobody's gonna save me But utopia's never gave me much help
And I'm trippin' out
And I don't know who told me to be Inside my lungs I can breathe
Inside I'm stung just like a bee And I'm trippin' out
With a bullet I can say If you got 'em let 'em spray
Cover your heart in case you catch a stray
Oh and it'll be just like you bled With a hole up in your head
Well I've been rain drippin' lately
Nobody's gonna save me But utopia's never gave me much help
And I'm trippin' out
And I don't know who told me to be Inside my lungs I can breathe
Inside I'm stung just like a bee And I'm trippin' out
Yeah, what you doing today? Yo, we gotta chill sometime,
since we both gotta stay
It sucks just being alone with nobody to be
Hey yeah, why don't you kick here with me?
We're gonna smoke some grass, yeah, you know we both will
It sucks just being a loner Man, we both love being stoners
When I look at myself in the mirror when I look
Yeah, what you doing today? Yo, we gotta chill sometime
since we both gotta stay
It sucks just being alone with nobody to be
Hey yeah, why don't you kick here with me?
We're gonna smoke some grass, yeah, you know we both will
It sucks just being a loner Man, we both love being stoners
When I look at myself in the mirror welI, I love it
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh oh Oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh oh
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh oh Oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh oh
How much longer will it be? I told myself that it was all just make believe
Close my eyes and try to breathe
I sat right down and hoped to God I'd never leave, never leave
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh oh Oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh oh
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh oh Oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh ah
How much longer will I dream? I get so tired of just waking up to me
Close my eyes and try to sleep
I toss and turn until I roll back on the sheet, on the sheet
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh oh Oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh ah ah, ah ah ah
How much longer will it be? I told myself that it was all just make believe
Close my eyes and try to sleep
I toss and turn until I roll back on the sheet, on the sheet
Thank you very much!

Artist Bio

When 19-year-old Chicagoans Cadien Lake James, Clay Frankel, Connor Brodner, and Jack Dolan finished high school a year ago, they were under the impression that things had to change. They were expected to go to college, and more importantly, had to deal with the reality of breaking up their band, Twin Peaks, which had just started to get some notice. Three of them committed to Evergreen State College in Olympia with the idea of keeping some semblance of the band together, but it was clear that there was a magic the four of them had. All this happened BEFORE a pivotal self-booked, three-week tour in the summer of '12. They had just recorded their debut album, Sunken, in Cadien's basement, hit the road in earnest, and everywhere they went, one thing remained the same. After seeing the energy, power, and exuberance of their live show, people in every town and members of every band they played with urged them to see this thing through. However, real life is rarely so kind or easy. Deposits were paid, dorm rooms reserved, promises made. Cadien, Connor, and Jack were headed north to Olympia.

It's a funny thing how clarity and circumstance can set and reset the table. After one semester at Evergreen, peoples' compliments still ringing in their ears, the self-described "industrious dudes" decided to quit school and give Twin Peaks a fair shake. They returned to Chicago in December, reunited with Clay, and geared up for their SXSW debut. Esquire even gave them a nod as an "Artist to Watch" at SXSW, calling them "A bunch of dirty, precocious underage kids raised on a steady diet of Jay Reatard and their parents' records...Twin Peaks deploy sugary pop hooks with the infectious enthusiasm of a high school punk band." The guys moved back in with their folks, looked into part-time jobs, and began planning the re-write of the first, post-high school chapter of their lives. The feeling was palpable: Things were about to take off.

So here we stand, ready to offer Twin Peaks to the wider world. A record full of the youthful excitement, sure to elicit "oh yeahs," and if you're not a total square, some body movin'. Sunken is out July 9th on Autumn Tone.

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