Up til now, a large part of Twerps’ charm has been their rough edges. Recording to hissy four track tape, singing songs about enjoying the “occasional quiet drink” and then throwing up on your friends, the Melbourne pop foursome have released a series of loveably lo-fi vinyl singles and cassettes on labels around the world.
But now, with their self-titled debut album, there might just be a little bit of growing up going on. It’s definitely the biggest-sounding recording Twerps have ever done. Unlike their early manifestos, Twerps was recorded in a bona fide studio, with the help of engineer Jack Farley (Beaches, St Helens).
But it’s not just the sound, it’s the songs. Tracks like Through The Day and first single Dreamin contain instantly recognisably Twerps elements: the fascination with New Zealand’s 1980s Flying Nun era, as well as US bands like the Feelies and Galaxie 500. But they also contain a kind of Australian pop timelessness that harks back to the Go-Betweens, Paul Kelly and the Sunnyboys. This is something new for the band, and it’s deep and resonant.
Co-release label Underwater Peoples was recently listed as one of the “50 best indie labels in America” by Billboard Magazine, and is home to releases by the likes of Real Estate and Mountain Man. The album follows a 2009 EP for Chapter, plus subsequent singles on Underwater Peoples and New York label Group Tightener, and a cassette for Iowa label Night People.
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We have just a handful of these great Twerps t-shirts in stock, designed by Twerps bassist Rick Milovanovic, so act fast if you want to snap one up! Available in yellow print on black t-shirt, 100% cotton, in SML, MED and LGE (SOLD OUT) – be quick!
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Twerps have a new three song single out soon on Chapter Music / Underwater Peoples. Check out B-side “He’s In Stock” premiered on Stereogum!
They’re also touring the US in Oct/Nov including CMJ showcases, with a few Australian dates either side!
AUS Tour dates:
Sep 12 – Beach Rd Hotel, Bondi, with Melodie Nelson + Day Ravies
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Loveable lo-fi foursome Twerps from Melbourne, Australia are heading to the States for their first ever US tour, at the invitation of Austin industry megafest South By Southwest. Their trip also coincides with two new singles released on hip-to-the-minute Stateside labels Olde English Spelling Bee and Underwater Peoples.
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Chapter Music announces a new EP by warmhearted Melbourne pop scallywags The Twerps! This is the first in Chapter Music’s new EP series, featuring a vinyl single accompanied by a CD with extra tracks.
Forming late 2008 around charismatic guitarist/vocalist Marty Frawley (son of much-missed Paul Kelly & the Dots member Maurice Frawley) and bassist Rick [...]
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Forming late 2008 around charismatic guitarist/vocalist Marty Frawley (son of much-missed Paul Kelly & the Dots member Maurice Frawley) and bassist Rick Milovanovic, the Twerps have quickly risen to become one of Melbourne’s favourite lo-fi pop bands. They’ve recently scored support slots for the likes of Deerhunter and the Bats, [...]