(photo by Angaline Atkins)
Loveable lo-fi foursome Twerps from Melbourne, Australia are heading to the States for their first ever US tour, at the invitation of Austin industry megafest South By Southwest. Their trip also coincides with two new singles released on hip-to-the-minute Stateside labels Olde English Spelling Bee and Underwater Peoples.
As well as Austin, the band will be taking in shows around the nation with the likes of Big Troubles, Wet Hair, Family Portrait, Wounded Lion, Royal Baths and Medication.
Here are their dates so far (with more still to be announced):
Weds March 9 – Tin Can Ale House, San Diego (with Dreamboat and Dog Day)
Fri March 11 – KXSC live to air, Los Angeles, 1pm
Fri March 11 – Pehrspace, Los Angeles (with Wounded Lion, Green Green and Cold Showers)
Sat March 12 – Origami Vinyl instore, Los Angeles, 7pm
Sun March 13 – Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco (with Royal Baths and Lilac)
March 15-20 – SXSW, Austin
Weds March 23 – Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn (with Family Portrait, La Big Vic and Family Trees)
Thurs March 24 – Cake Shop, New York (with Big Troubles and The Hairs)
Sat March 26 – Younglove’s, Philadelphia (with Big Troubles and Family Portrait)
Tues March 29 – Cafe Nine, New Haven (with Medication and Estrogen Highs)
Weds March 30 – Blue Triangle Loft, Boston (with Fucs)
Tues Apr 5 – Pittsburgh(with Wet Hair)
Weds Apr 6 – Cleveland (with Wet Hair)
Thus April 7 – Chicago (with Wet Hair)
Fri April 8 – Medusa, Minneapolis (with Wet Hair and Velvet Davenport)
Sat April 9 – Iowa City (with Wet Hair)
In Australia the band have played with the likes of Deerhunter, Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips, Yo La Tengo and the Go-Betweens’ Robert Forster (pictured with the band above).
Their 2009 debut EP was released on cassette by US label Night People, and on now sold-out vinyl in Australia by Chapter Music, while the band just released their own limited edition vinyl split single with local Melbourne buddies The Ancients.
Chapter Music is currently offering a free download of Twerps’ track “Bullies”, as heard on the Ancients split single, from the “Music” tab of our Facebook page.
Underwater peoples will release their Twerps single Black Eyes on March 8 to coincide with the band’s US tour, while Olde English Spelling Bee’s single She Didn’t Know is scheduled for a later March release. The two singles have matching cover art that, when combined, forms an even bigger picture, by Melboune artist Matlok Griffiths.