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Posted: 3:34 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

SXSW Band of the Day: Twin Forks 

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By Eric Webb

Update, Feb. 27: Twin Forks has cancelled their trip to SXSW, according to KGSR DJ Kristen Kurtis.

Artist: Twin Forks

From: Boca Raton, Fla.

Online: twinforksmusic.com; official SXSW page

SXSW shows: Wedneday, March 12 at Bungalow (92 Rainey St.)

About the artist

Hands down, Twin Forks will get festgoers of a certain generation excited. (See what we did there?) Prolific frontman Chris Carraba is somewhat of a patron saint to the early- to -mid-2000s emo era — or rather emo-pop, lest any genre purists wearing worn-out Sunny Day Real Estate shirts write us angry emails. As the leader of Dashboard Confessional, Carraba was the soundtrack to many a twentysomething's furious journal scrawling and Converse lacing. Even casual music fans are aware of albums like "The Swiss Army Romance" and "A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar." (Carraba also fronts the indie rock flavored band-of-Christians-but-not-a-Christian-band Further Seems Forever.) 

Twin Forks, the singer's latest project, has generated a fair amount of buzz since a debut self-titled EP dropped last year. If you're afraid that you won't find any acoustic guitar here, fear not: the band is the kind of alt-folk venture that the post-Mumford zeitgeist demands. Some festgoers may remember that Twin Forks played ACL Fest this past year. Don't think Mumford, however: Carraba says the influences that seep into Twin Forks' output include rootsy singer-songwriters like Cat Stevens, Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. Filter those influences through  Carraba's raspy but pleasingly nasal style of soul-baring, and you'll get a pretty close approximation to the band's sound.

You can tell on mandolin-heavy songs like "Back To You" that this band isn't just Carraba's stylistic lark — it's got all the earnest genre crossing of a music fan trying something fresh. Twin Forks' first full-length is set to release this year, but if joints like the Irish-pub-rollicker "Scraping Up the Pieces" and their way-too-good cover of Taylor Swift's "Mean" are any indication, the band could be more than a sidenote in Carraba's career.

Could share a bill with: The Decemberists, Ivan & Alyosha, Bronze Radio Return, The Wild Feathers

Can't see them at SXSW? Twin Forks comes back to Austin with Augustana on April 23 at Emo's East.

Eric Webb

About Eric Webb

Eric Webb is a producer for statesman.com, austin360.com and mystatesman.com. He blogs about Austin culture, pop culture and anything that lives on the Internet.

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