I'm With the Band: Twin Peaks
Last weekend at FYF Festival I met up with another of my favorite bands, Twin Peaks, from Chicago, IL. Nobody in the band is over the age of 20, and already, they've released two albums, most recently being Wild Onion, which have both been received with very high praise. Cadien, Clay, Jack, and Connor have been on tour with The Orwells, Arctic Monkeys and Criminal Hygiene, and have been making their way up the ranks all summer. Read on to see what music the guys have been influenced by along the way and how they're feeling about it all. These guys are here to stay.
Interview and photography by Maddie Sensibile
You just released your new record, Wild Onion, a few weeks ago. How are you feeling about it?
Clay: We feel good about it, we feel great about it.
Cadien: We made a mix tape with a lot of our favorite kinda songs.
Name a few bands for me that have influenced you when it comes to making music.
Clay: I probably wanted to start making music from The Velvet Underground. Big influence for me.
Jack: I like Black Lips. That was really one of the first concerts I went to that like, made me really want to play rock and roll seriously. I like R. Kelly a lot, and The Beatles.
Cadien: Those are all great. I’m gonna throw out Jay Reatard too - he was pivotal for me.
Connor: Watching Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin videos, ‘cause like, playing live what made me want to play music more than anything.
What were the first records you bought?
Clay: The first time I bought music was when I bought Dark Side of the Moon. It started playing and I thought it wasn’t working or something. It was the first CD I ever had, so I turned it all the way up. It just starts with that woman screaming, and it keeps getting louder and louder, it really freaked me out. I didn’t listen to it again for another three years probably.
Cadien: I copped Beatles’ 1 when I was a little dude, from my mom, and I blasted that for a long time.
Connor: A Blink 182 CD, and I don’t remember which one it was, but I remember buying it and being super stoked about it.
Jack: To be honest, I was a big Britney Spears fan, and had mad love for N*SYNC as well, it was probably one of them. It’s pop perfection, who can blame me.
Clay, tell me about those dance moves you do with your guitar on stage.
Clay: For most of us, I think we would just feel uncomfortable standing there. I don’t know, it just seems natural to me. I know it looks pretty weird.
I did see you guys perform last year in LA for the first time. How do you feel about playing larger festivals and moving up the bill at such a young age?
Clay: We’re so about it.
Jack: We’re starting to play more festivals like these, and the more it happens, kinda the more surreal it seems that we’re here now.
Clay: In places like this, the artist area, you get to meet people, even just for a little bit, and everyone’s pretty nice most of the time so it’s cool.
Who are you listening to right now?
Clay: I’m listening to a lot of Kinks. I just got Kinda Kinks, and it’s a really good record.
Jack: I’ve been recently really getting into Blood Orange’s most recent album, and I got to meet him for a little bit, and he’s fucking cool.
Cadien: Naomi Punk’s new album is super great, like their first album, and more people should check them out.
Connor: We played with this band on our first tour called Teenage Moods, and a week ago I just kinda stumbled back on their stuff, and Mood Ring is so cool.