Today we celebrate Twin Peaks and their continued songwriting maturity. They’ve always had an eye for melody, with early material like ‘Irene’ and ‘Stand In The Sand’ gorging brilliantly on bands like T Rex and The Kinks. Sure, when you see them live it’s all punk rock, but on record they’ve got the same kind of caustic sweetness that fired people like Ray Davies, Joe Strummer and Bruce Springsteen early on. Punks, but with a bit of passion lodged in there somewhere, if you will.
It turns out all they needed to really come good on this were the right tools. By which I mean: Setting, vibes and equipment. For new album Down In Heaven (out May 13), they decamped to the US countryside, took up residence in a buddy’s beautiful house and recorded a whole bunch of material, ‘Music From Big Pink’ stylee.
From what they’ve told me about that time, the sessions were sprawling and fun. It certainly sounds like it on ‘Holding Roses’, which is the latest track to be taken from the album:
Twin Peaks played London’s Old Blue Last yesterday. In a few hours time they’re at The Barfly in Camden, while tomorrow it’s Rough Trade East. Go see them. After the UK, they head to Europe:
April 21 – Paris, FR @ La Mécanique Ondulatoire w/ Mitski
April 22 – Évreux, FR @ L’abordage w/ The Big Moon
April 23 – Reze, FR @ Festival L’Ere de Rien
April 26 – Madrid, ES @ Joy Eslava w/ HINDS
April 29 – Austin, TX @ Levitation