This past Wednesday night (12/7) in Boston saw the arrival of the Chicago-grown outfit Twin Peaks (not to be confused with the 90’s David Lynch show) as well as an LA based band, together PANGEA. Opening up for the Twin Peaks Dudes, as they like to go by on Twitter and Facebook for difference’s sake, were together PANGEA who offered a thunder wall of punk tracks in a non stop, one after the other manner. Lead singer William Keegan performed an impressive range of vocals, ones that stacked up powerfully amidst the smashing drums and hectic guitars. This was one of the immediate likeable things about together PANGEA—their knack for replicating their recorded songs in a manner that rivaled the immensity of their authentic, stripped down sound. Closing off with the crowd favorite, “Badillac,” with the walking, popping bass line by co-creator Danny Bengston, together PANGEA performed an all around powerful and tight set and were able to run through almost all of their recorded songs.
Twin Peaks are, simply put, the band that every high schooler who’s been playing guitar for a bit and listened to the entirety of their parents’ (one’s with excellent taste) record collection, wished they could be a part of or have formed. You can hear the superb influences all throughout Twin Peaks’ works — whether it’s the more heavily Beatles influenced album Wild Onion (with tracks like “Ordinary People”) or the more recent Stones-esque, Down in Heaven. Twin Peaks prove consistently that not only do they have great taste in music, but they’re able to give their own unique, current spin on what they enjoy listening to, without ripping anything off and spoiling authenticity. A great line comes from “Butterfly,” where singer and guitarist Clay Frankel nods towards the Zombies with the line, “And when the zombies started singin’ bout the season, you know your daddy got up to dance. And it wasn’t for any other reason than the feeling in his corduroy pants.” It’s a humorous acknowledgement of The Zombie’s “Time of the Season” and one that will hopefully spark any young listener looking up the band’s lyrics to do some deeper musical digging and discover some old gems.
Heading on stage around 10:30, the band exhibited a knack for being around the block and having full comfort with late gigs and the fatigue that’s destined to come along with touring the world in a rock and roll manner. Keyboardist Colin Croom was a later addition to the band and certainly fits right in as the group emanates an entirely more dynamic sound than prior. This is evident with “Walk To the One You Love,” the first single off Down In Heaven. Without the keys, this track wouldn’t nearly hold all its worth. Twin Peaks’ ability to recognize the need for new instruments to expand their sound, rather than going down the route of adding more effects to guitars, illustrates their knowledge of great songwriting. They use effects when needed, but never to cover up for lack of intelligent and innovative melody creation. These early 20 year olds sure know how to put on a live show and although at times a connection with the crowd seemed to be somewhat lacking with in between song banter, they made up for it entirely by sticking to what they do best – ripping into some quick riff, soaring, sing-along, shout-along, rock and roll tunes.