Twin River’s debut full length has feverishly built upon the swaying foundation of their earlier release, 2012’s Rough Gold EP. Cramming in tremeloed guitar movements, and upping the pace by about 80bpm, Should the Light Go Out sees the Vancouver act take (at least) one step forward and a half step to the side. Drummer Dustin Bromley has twisted the “raucous” knob up about seven clicks (and harkened back to a day when punk rhythms were what moved one’s feet), while his counterpart, front person Courtney Bromley, has developed her loud squeal into a controlled monsoon, without going too “Joplin” on everything.
This radically overhauled sound is on full display on the group’s debut full-length, Should the Light Go Out. It was recorded in the dog days of summer 2013, with sessions taking place at Kelowna, BC’s Bottega Studio with producer Darcy Hancock of Ladyhawk, and in Vancouver at the Hive Creative Labs with Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, the New Pornographers, Black Mountain).
The new LP hints at garage rock and jangle pop at times, but even after only one listen, it’s evident that the album doesn’t dip into the cliches of either genre, even once.