By Xander Peters
Friday night, as the rain water collected in the wide brims of hipsters’ hats in the backyard of Bar 96 on Rainey Street, the bad weather did little to phase those in attendance for Twin Peaks, a Chicago-based indie act. It was going to take a lot more than a drizzle to keep music-goers at bay from one of the most buzzed about bands at this year’s South by Southwest.
Some would go as far as to describe the band’s style as a hybrid mashup of 1960s garage rock with a twist of contemporary punk, drawing influences from the Stooges to the Strokes. Regardless, when on stage, it’s obvious that they guys were born in a Chi-Town garage of some sort, yet destined for the dim indie lime lights of festivals like SXSW.
As for myself, I would go as far as to say they have a deliberate style—maybe even a charming sense of bipolar-like indie rock, which is hard not to dig. One that goes from fast to slow, slow to fast, changes gears, hits a few far out chord progressions, then back again for a chorus that you bobs your head for you, as if nothing ever changed.
"Yeah, yeah, yeah. Let’s play some rock and roll," one band member said, following a quick adjustment after breaking a guitar string in the middle of their first song. Then again, it’s not rock and roll until the stage shakes and the strings break.