Flailing about and playing keyboards with their faces, Twin Peaks have the kind of stage presence that throws a crowd into a real rock and roll show. Hailing from the Windy City, Twin Peaks took over the 7th Street Entry on Tuesday night with other Midwestern rockers, the majority of whose members were young enough to sport Xs on the back of their hands.
Given that all of Twin Peaks’ members are in their early 20s, you wouldn’t guess that the band is six years old: it formed in 2009, back when its members were in high school. Since their formation there have been a few changes in the band’s line-up, including the newest addition: Colin Croom, who can be found on the keyboard. These boys never stop moving, both on stage and on the road. Constantly touring, this is the fifth time they had played in the Minneapolis in the past three years.
The group has released two full albums: Sunken in 2013 on Autumn Tone Records, and Wild Onion in 2014 on Grand Jury. Their collaborative songwriting yields more diverse songs than those of your average garage rock band, and the band drew on both albums—as well as on some brand-new material they’d just released that day—for their set list.
Guitarist Clay Frankel threw himself around the stage, somehow maintaining this toddler-like energy throughout the whole show. Pushing keys with his nose keyboardist Colin Croom used his face to play when his hands weren’t enough. Guitarist and vocalist Cadien Lake James burped into the microphone as an introduction to a song, then nestled himself between Colin Croom and his keyboard, and began to dance on Croom—all while fangirls got slammed into the speakers by a swelling moshpit. So, relatively, this was a very mild show for Twin Peaks.
Modern Vices, another rad rock-and-roll group that Chicago churned out, is supporting Twin Peaks on this U.S. tour. The group label themselves as “dirty doo-wop,” although their sound is more like a smorgasbord of other Chicago rock bands—in a good way. Modern Vices released a self-titled album on Autumn Tone Records this past fall.
Minneapolis’s own Stereo Confession had the night’s first opening slot, playing upbeat surf rock that you couldn’t sit still to. The crowd didn’t really know how to react when guitarist/vocalist Max Timander threw himself into the crowd with his guitar, then flopped back up on stage still playing during their last song. Who needs 10,000 lakes when you have the 7th Street Entry?
Bridget Bennett is a student at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities.