on 7 December 2012
This is Ty's best LP. It is not as scratchy and shouty as his early recordings (which were enjoyable also, but much in the flavour of his main influences, John Dwyer and Billy Childish), and it is not as laid-back as 2011's Goodbye Bread which, despite the great sleeve picture, was down-beat, and disappointing. In the last 5 years he has been playing with a lot of different musicians, writing a lot of songs and recording a lot of albums and Twins is probably the result of his grown confidence and experience. It is pop-garage party songs with streak of wildness - it sounds something like Beatles melodies over explosive drums and Mudhoney-esque riffs.
Twins, like his other two 2012 records, shows that he is in a whole different world to the broadsheet covered serious indie-rock scene - there is no one making more viscerally exciting records that I know of. I've seen him playing live a couple of times in the last year or so and with his combination of accessibly pretty and dirty rock and roll he seems to be moving more and more towards the dynamics of grunge, which is a strange direction and on paper lots of people might not approve, but he's at the exciting, exuberant and elating end of the spectrum, rather than the bloated, hoary, self-obsessed end. It's not really an album for thinking too much about though - it's a record for dancing and partying.
on 14 May 2013
I bought this based only the reviews I'd read and I'm not disappointed - garage punk: crunchy guitars, beaten up drums, feedback, some slow tracks / some fast ones (all heavy) - and catchy riffs thrown about too - catchy, and recommended.