Flailing limbs and broken phone screens seemed to be the most common sights at the Twin Peaks Echoplex show this past Friday night. With a rambunctious crowd and no cares vibe the Echoplex was alight with an energetic rock n’ roll spirit. Barreling head first into their set, Twin Peaks – a five man garage rock band from Chicago – spared no time getting the crowd to move their feet. A slight smell of sweat lingered in the warm summer night air and everyone seemed ready to have a good time.
Within seconds of the first strummed bass riff there were good-hearted yells and jeers from the audience. The band themselves barely stopped moving the entire set, hair flying and faces down, head banging as if they were still fifteen in their garage again. Their unabated energy was infectious as the crowd started to hoist the more adventurous members of the audience into the air, accompanied by occasional glimpses of worn sneakers tossing about on top of the crowd.
Twin Peaks encompass a genre spanning sound with a unique mix of bluesy riffs, lo-fi rock, and power pop. As if Deer Tick and The Black Lips had a love child with The Rolling Stones their sound spans decades, yet their music is intoxicatingly youthful. Slipping in and out of slower to faster material, the crowd didn’t miss a beat. From singing along to being thrown on the stage from crowd surfing, the crowd was along for the ride.Their live set brought a new found life to their recently released record “Down In Heaven”. The vivacious rock n’ roll spirit reminded me of being a kid again, experiencing live music for the pure visceral pleasure of letting yourself go.
Photo Credit: Hailey Miller for THE RADICAL