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Interview by Ally Mullen

Photography by Tina Tyrell

Introduce yourself and your band!

I'm George Lewis Jr. and my band is Twin Shadow.

Are you the sole member of the band?

It's me, and the band recording side, and I have three people who play in the live band.

When you're in the studio, are you the only one writing the music?

It's myself and then sometimes my keyboard player Wynne Bennett.

When did you start playing music? Did you play growing up?

No, I wasn't growing up playing music, but I sang in church. I was in the choir and that was kind of my first time being exposed to being in music.

How did you get your start playing in bands?

I moved to Boston and started a punk band with some friends, and that's really how I started playing music in bands. From there I kind of would just play with friends' bands here and there. I haven't been in that many bands actually, just two or three.

What kind of music did you listen to growing up?

Before I listened to punk music, I was listening to Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Boys II Men, Keith Sweat, and Bobby Brown. Mostly R&B.

So, you're about to come out with your sophomore album, Confess. Does it get any easier being in the studio the second time around?

It's easier in a way. The recording process is a lot easier. But, there's always a challenge of being in the studio.

Can you tell us about your album-writing process? How do start writing?

It's kind of experimental. It will start with something like a drumbeat and it will evolve from that into something bigger. It's a lot of experimenting and playing with a lot of different kinds of instruments like a drum machine or my guitar.

How do you know when you're done with a song, or an album?

It's just a feeling that you get. Or, usually, it's more than that. Usually you have a timeline to meet or something.

Do you have a favorite track on the album?

They're all kind of my favorite right now. I don't really have a favorite, but probably, if I had to pick one, I would say "Five Seconds".

Where do you draw inspiration from when you're writing your lyrics?

Just from my life. From things people have said to me.

You've expressed your love of lyrics and their importance to you in past interviews. Do you have a favorite lyric of all time?

I probably do. So many to think about! Gosh, you put me on the spot there, I have too many. Right now, off the bat, I would say the Van Morrison song "Astral Weeks". The opening lines areā€¦ just look up the lyrics. The first six or so lines are some of the most beautiful lines ever written.

Since the title of the album is Confess, do you confess any actual secrets in your album?

Yeah, probably, but they are all hidden messages to the people in there that they're to.

Do you think they would know if they listened?

I think so.

Going off the name of your album, we'd like for you to confess a few things to us. For starters, how old were you when you had your first kiss?

I was 14-years-old and I won't say their name. They would be so embarrassed.

What was the worst pick-up line you've ever used?

I don't know. They're all bad! None of them are ever good!

Do any of them ever work?

Yeah! They work most of the time, unfortunately.

What song is your biggest guilty pleasure?

Probably Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream"!

And finally, what's the longest amount of time you've ever spent doing your hair?

Wow, probably four hours? I was doing like this curly crazy straightening and curling. I don't know how to describe the style. It's the picture of me with the yellow balloon. It's a promo picture.

Do you always do your own hair?

No, I have someone else do my hair!

Thanks for being a good sport. Give your album a shout out!

4AD is the label that pays me. I produced it myself. My keyboard player Wynne Bennett aka DJ Lee Cooper is all over it. She sings on it, she plays on it, she wrote some of it. My friend Noel Heroux from Hooray For Earth sings on it. It comes out July 10!

TOUR DATES

  • 7/20 - Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier (Making Time 12 Year Anniversary)
  • 7/21 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
  • 7/28 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre
  • 7/30 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
  • 8/1 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom - Pike Room
  • 8/4 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
  • 8/6 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
  • 8/8 - Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Cabaret
  • 8/10 - Calgary, AB - Saits The Gateway
  • 8/11 - Vancouver, BC - VENUE
  • 8/14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
  • 8/16 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
  • 8/18 - Santa Barbara, CA - SoHo Music Club
  • 8/22 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
  • 8/24 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door
  • 9/2 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Festival
  • 9/4 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
  • 9/5 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
  • 9/7 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
  • 9/8 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
  • 9/9 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada Theatre
  • 9/11 - Norman, OK - Opolis
  • 9/13 - Dallas, TX - Trees
  • 9/14 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
  • 9/16 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
  • 9/17 - McAllen, TX - Cine El Rey
  • 9/18 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
  • 9/19 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
  • 9/21 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
  • 9/23 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
  • 9/24 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
  • 9/27 - New York, NY - Webster Hall