Scrappy world-conquerors Twerps are taking off on a national tour to launch their self-titled debut album, a split release between Chapter Music and US label Underwater Peoples. They’re kicking it off with an instore at Polyester Records city store on the day of the album’s release.
Up til now, a large part of Twerps’ charm has been their rough edges. Recording to hissy four track tape, singing songs about enjoying the “occasional quiet drink” and then throwing up on your friends, the Melbourne pop foursome have released a series of loveably lo-fi vinyl singles and cassettes on labels around the world.
But now, with their self-titled debut album, there might just be a little bit of growing up going on. It’s definitely the biggest-sounding recording Twerps have ever done. Unlike their early manifestos, Twerps was recorded in a bona fide studio, with the help of engineer Jack Farley (Beaches, St Helens).
But it’s not just the sound, it’s the songs. Tracks like Through The Day and first single Dreamin (recently premiered by Pitchfork) contain instantly recognisably Twerps elements: the fascination with New Zealand’s 1980s Flying Nun era, as well as US bands like the Feelies and Galaxie 500. But they also contain a kind of Australian pop timelessness that harks back to the Go-Betweens, Paul Kelly and the Sunnyboys. This is something new for the band, and it’s deep and resonant.
Co-release label Underwater Peoples was recently listed as one of the “50 best indie labels in America” by Billboard Magazine, and is home to releases by the likes of Real Estate and Mountain Man. The album follows a 2009 EP for Chapter, plus subsequent singles on Underwater Peoples and New York label Group Tightener, and a cassette for Iowa label Night People.
TWERPS ALBUM LAUNCH DATES
Friday October 14, 6pm
Polyester Records instore – 288 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
all ages, free
Saturday November 12
Tote Hotel – 67-71 Johnston St, Collingwood
with Terror Of the Deep (NZ), Darren Sylvester, Peak Twins + DJ Dry White Toast
$12 door sales only
Friday November 18
Goodgod Small Club – 53-55 Liverpool St, Sydney
joint album launch with Geoffrey O’Connor + more TBA
tickets $12+bf from Moshtix / 1300 438 849
Saturday November 26
Metro Hotel – 46 Grote St, Adelaide
$10 door sales only
Twerps self-titled debut album is out on Chapter Music/Underwater Peoples on October 14 (AUS) and October 18 (US)
Download first single Dreamin via Pitchfork