Twin Sister actually sounded a little bit like a different band on Saturday night. Not more grown up, per se, but more confident. In the past four or five months, Twin Sister has gone from good band to great band, and have charmed the ears off some of the harshest critics I know.
It’s not just that Twin Sister has good songs that make you feel like art can make life better. They certainly have that going for them. But what Twin Sister has more than anything, is an electric magnetism that is literally impossible to steer clear of. Once singer Andrea Estella begins with lines like, “I can’t see the other side of your face. But I know that it is mean,” you’re fixated.
“The Other Side Of Your Face” is Twin Sister’s best JAM. It’s a 7-minute crusher of echoes and crashing waves and deep sighs. It builds with insurmountable tension for what feels like forever before exploding out with brilliant colors all over the stage and audience.
“I could try to start over this week. But I can’t change the way I feel.”
The song goes on in psychic bliss and halfway through breaks down. Simple drums and one synth and one plucked guitar string builds and grows and grows and grows. This is moving on the band’s forthcoming EP, Color Your Life, but live it’s a different monster. Not only is Estella’s tiny tattooed frame dancing right in your face, but the jam goes on longer and bursts at the end. The bubble must pop. And it does.
Tortilleria Taqueria Tres Hermanos was filled to the gills, much like the tacos they serve. Covered in veggies and spicy chorizo. An employee of the factory was actually the biggest fan of all. He danced all over, right in Estella’s face for practically the entire performance. Not a care in the world held him back. In a way, that’s what Twin Sister’s music inspires: complete submission.
Twin Sister mostly played their newer, more spaced out shoegazer jams on Saturday. And while guitarist Eric Cardona sang at least one song, most were handled by Estella. This is a band that knows how to feature their talents. Cardona plays his guitar upside down, by the way, which is probably why you’re always aghast at his guitar sounds. So sweet and melodic?! I think he’s left handed… or maybe he’s just crazzzzzy.
If you haven’t seen Twin Sister yet, you must do so very soon. The way they move, the way they perform, what they give you, it’s priceless. And can’t be found anywhere else right now.
Mercury Lounge on April 28. Open Road Rooftop, 350 Grand St. on May 14.
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