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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Chapterfest 21 is tomorrow night, and here’s a message from Marty Twerps to get you excited!
Wednesday November 20
The Residence, Birrarung Marr
CHAPTERFEST 21 for MELBOURNE MUSIC WEEK
tickets $20+bf from melbourne.vic.gov.au/mmw
7.45 – 8.15 The Ancients
8.30 – 9.00 Darren Sylvester
9.15 – 9.45 The Stevens
10.00 – 10.30 Bushwalking
10.45 – 11.15 Geoffrey O’Connor
11-30 – 12.30 Twerps & Dick [...]
Just in today – a new white vinyl repress of Twerps‘ instant classic debut album from 2011!. Aus/NZ customers can get your hands on a copy via all good record stores as of next week, or now via the Chapter webstore.
Overseas customers can get the record via Underwater Peoples.
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
Sep 22 [...]
(photo by Angaline Atkins)
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.
As well as Austin, the [...]
By twerps Released October 2009
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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, [...]