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In January, US indie rockers Twin Peaks surprised fans with the release of the double A-side single Cawfee/St. Vulgar Street, building on the blues-inspired garage-rock sound that has won them legions of fans across the globe since emerging from the DIY Chicago scene in 2010.
The new singles follow the release of the band’s latest album, 2019’s Lookout Low, which received plaudits from the likes of DIY, GQ, Uncut, Q and The i Newspaper.
The LP is the band’s fourth full-length release so far and follows 2016’s Down In Heaven, 2014’s Wild Onion and their 2013 debut Sunken.
The rockers are currently preparing for their biggest run of UK headline shows to date, which includes a London headline show at Electric Brixton. Ahead of the forthcoming shows, the Twin Peaks have picked out some of the tracks that they like to listen to on the road and explained a bit about them.
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NRBQ – Magnet
“This one always gets us going, it’s been a van classic for years. Just such an uptempo groove with a really great idea.”
Gerry Rafferty – Right Down The Line
“Another classic. Really tight groove and makes us think of our better half, Colin Croom.”
Waylon Jennings – Luckenbach Texas
“We were so into this tune that we visited Luckenbach hoping to grab lunch. We didn’t realize it’s truly a shantytown: a big barn, a little shack post office, an outhouse and that’s about it. Great tune.”
Paul Cauthen – Cocaine Country Dancing
“OK, we just think this one is hilarious! It got a lot of play after gigs driving to the hotel gettin’ our laughs out.”
Neil Young – Unknown Legend
“We had a deep Neil dive last year, and we really got into Harvest Moon. This one was always a big singalong – ‘Somewhere on a desert highway she rides a Harley Davidson’ – I mean, c’mon!”
Arthur Russel – I Couldn’t Say It To Your Face
“Our last European tour was a deep Arthur Russell vibe. We were just learning about him and his music and story. This song got a lot of plays. Deeply moving, so beautiful and just a jam.”
Grateful Dead – Me And My Uncle (Live In Veneta, Oregon)
“We listen to a lot of live Grateful Dead on the road. El Paso is Clay’s favourite Dead song and it fits the road vibe. A great version from a show that’s great!”
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