Future Twin Deluxe Edition

Future Twin

Independent release, 2012


REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen


Usually when you think Deluxe Editions you envision a lengthy disc with outtakes, B-sides, maybe even live tracks. When San Francisco's Future Twin does it, it's a 7” record and a five song EP/cassette. A band that rarely does anything resembling the norm, Future Twin at its inception was an all girl moped gang (The Lockits), which later morphed into a full-fledged band. Drawing influences from outfits as vast as Sonic Youth, Nick Cave, Fleetwood Mac, and even Hickey, this is a listen as unusual as the characters that make up the band. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Possessing a vintage sound not unlike doo-wop style girl groups from the '50s and '60s (as well as some nods to surf rock), they also keep their punk spirit in check, even if in an art-rock fashion at times. The opener “Get Up Or Get Out” is a perfect example of this; it’s a rowdy tune that is Riot Grrl charged, bringing the greatness of Bikini Kill to mind. They return to this energy later with the most punk offering, the speedy “Lockits.” Meanwhile, on “Landslide” they opt for a more psych rock vibe. They dabble with synth organs, too, most notably on “Yuka,” which yields an instantly memorable chorus and dreamy instrumentation. Though most of these tracks build into faster tempos and louder instrumentation, "Situation" remains subdued all the way through, a nice change of pace halfway through the album. “<3” is the track that represents all spectrums of the band best. It's upbeat, quirky, and experimental, featuring playful keys, fast drumming, and universally catchy pop moments.

Self-described as “psychedelic grandma rock,” Future Twin has a rawness that is undeniable, and the garage rock mixed with a lo-fi sound and sonic noise make it even more intriguing. I have to assume the gritty recording quality of this is on purpose and part of the band's aesthetic. After all, their motto is “not giving a shit is the new giving a shit.” This is on par with the best stuff released from K Records or the Kill Rock Stars label.

Rating: A

User Rating: Not Yet Rated



© 2012 Tom Haugen and The Daily Vault. All rights reserved. Review or any portion may not be reproduced without written permission. Cover art is the intellectual property of Independent release, and is used for informational purposes only.