The Nashville-based indie rock act Twen, led by founding members Jane Fitzsimmons (vocals) and Ian Jones (guitar) can trace their origins to when they formed while both were involved in Boston’s DIY scene. Since their formation several years ago, the band has been busy redefining what a touring band should do — and should be in the streaming age. Initially releasing nothing more than a live EP recorded fro the band’s live debut in a Boston basement, the band has toured non-stop, honing and perfecting a live show that’s been described as raw and mesmerizing.
Continuing to proudly ascribe to the DIY ethos that influenced them, Twen’s core duo have run AirBNBs while touring, played in exchange for skydiving, screen printed self-designed merch items by hand and book their own tours. Now, as you may recall, the duo quickly emerged into the national scene with the release of attention-grabbing single “Waste,” which received praise from the likes of NPR, Stereogum, Paste Magazine, BrooklynVegan, Uproxx, Under The Radar and others. Earlier this year, the duo opened for the acclaimed Louisville-based JOVM mainstays White Reaper — and they released the slow-burning and shoegazer-like “Holy River,” a track that to my ears would likely draw comparisons to classic 4AD Records, Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, A Storm in Heaven-era The Verve and Beach House — but with a yearning, dream-like quality that gives the ethereal track a subtle bit of emotional weight.
Building upon a growing profile, the buzz-worthy, Nashville-based duo will be releasing their full-length debut Awestruck through Frenchkiss Records on September 20, 2019. “Baptism,” the album’s first official single is an atmospheric bit of shoegaze centered around shimmering guitars, propulsive drumming, Jane Fitzsimmons’ enormous, room-filling vocals singing impressionistic lyrics full of a yearning desire to be born, becoming and re-born. Interestingly, Jones’ guitar lines actually is a revisited riff that he wrote as a teenager, that he reworked with a fresh perspective — essentially giving the song a trippy and anachronistic sensibility.
The band recently announced a European tour this Fall opening for Tacocat, as well as a run of US shows with The Dodos that include a hometown, album release show in Nashville. Check out the tour dates below.
8/25 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Broadcast *
8/27 – Manchester, UK @ Gullivers *
8/28 – Cardiff, Wales @ Club Ifor Bach *
8/29 – London, UK @ MOTH Club *
8/30 – Brighton, UK @ The Hope & Ruin *
8/31 – Paris, France @ Supersonic *
9/3 – Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Merleyn *
9/4 – Groningen, Netherlands @ Vera *
9/6 – Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Alstadt *
9/7 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Rotown *
9/9 – Nurenberg, Germany @ Kantine *
9/10 – Berlin, Germany @ Marie Anoinette *
9/11 – Hamburg, Germany @ Goldener Salon (Hafenklang) *
9/13 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen *
9/14 – Oslo, Norway @ Revolver *
9/15 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Obaren *
9/27 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement (Awestruck album release show)
10/9 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall ^
10/10 – Philadelphia , PA @ Johnny Brenda’s ^
10/11 – Washington, DC @ City Winery DC ^
* supporting Tacocat
^ supporting The Dodos