Midway through the year and Twin Stranger, the five piece welsh band, have not just released one single but they have returned to release a second titled ‘Crushed’. Hot off the heels of ‘Tears of Joy’ in February which raised the eyebrows and ears of everyone within the Off the Hook Music team as it was a massive rhythm track, driven by hard guitar sounds so we were happy to see the arrival of ‘Crushed’.
It becomes instantly clear when listening to Twin Strangers that they draw influences from seventies power pop and nineties avant pop, there is a blend of these sounds to develop an unique tone which originally evolved from a bedroom project into a band that has built up a good gigging record around South Wales and the South West.
‘Crushed’ is a track based in a summer time place but has a deeper meaning of when people love their own voice, but only allows other people to paint their own struggles and situations between your own speeches, but we only allow these struggles and situations to enter our conscious for a few fleeting moments.
The voices are smooth with the pleasure of the cheeky lyrics that spell out clearly to the world where the empathy and compassion is missing. The contrast between the lyrics of a concerning human treat and the floating easy listening vibes is a headline grabber. Such a catchy chorus which you can easily find yourself singing after the tracks stops as it is so memorable.
The second track ‘Crushed’ shows a real ability which will gain them a strong following.
Written By Kess Anthony
Wales has produced many incredible musical acts over the years; Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers and Sir Tom Jones, to name few. Could Twin Stranger potentially be the next act to add on to that list?
‘Tears of Joy’ is Twin Strangers debut single and was produced at songwriter Alex McConnachie’s home studio in South Wales, which has allowed this track to have a honest raw DIY feel to it. The song itself is terrific, and is clearly influenced by Stereophonics and the Preachers, the track is well written and you can visually see when hearing the words about not taking things for granted when in a relationship. The track has a massive rhythm which can bring you to a hypnotic state when the guitars start to be driven hard around the lyrics.
If they keep up the good work, then there’s a good chance that a major record company may stumble upon them very soon!
Written By George Rose