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Twin Peaks at the Crofoot, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018

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Chicago’s Twin Peaks found something a bit different to do during the past year.

While it released its first concert album, “Urbs In Horto,” last year, the quintet also launched an ambitious Sweet ‘17 Singles series, releasing songs one at a time digitally and in limited edition vinyl 45s. The final two songs -- “In The Meadow” and the epic “We Will Not Make It (Not Without You)” -- came out during early December, while all 12 songs are being compiled for a similarly limited edition album coming out Feb. 9,

The new process has clearly energized the band, and with its own studio recently built in the Windy City, we can probably expect more of the unexpected from Twin Peaks moving forward...

• Frontman Cadien Lake James says Twin Peaks’ singles series was a product of necessity. “We were still touring a lot and we didn’t want to wait for a year and a half to put out another record and release more music,” James, 43, explains by phone. “We wanted to stay relevant and keep people hearing our stuff, so it made the most sense to record in any downtime we had at home and just release it. It’s fun to work that way, and it’s especially exciting for fans. I was a big fan of Jay Retard growing up; He did a singles series like we did, and I remember being so psyched every month to hear the new tracks he would bring out. So we wanted to do the same kind of thing.”

• Working on individual songs rather than albums also allowed Twin Peaks to be musically adventurous, according to James. “Something like ‘Tossing Tears’ was a big jump for us, having our friends from Ohm and bringing women’s voices on to the track,” James says. “There’s some tracks that are a lot chiller than things we’d done before; ‘Fat Chance’ was different for me, sitting down by myself with an acoustic (guitar) and tapping tambourines with my foot, just a sad country song. Quite a few on there pushed boundaries for us. It was all fun and a change of pace. But it turned out cohesive, which is great. That wasn’t the goal, but there’s a vibe in the production that makes the songs all work together.”

• Twin Peaks has been together for nearly a decade, and James says he’s happy with the way things have gone since its formation. “I never had great expectations,” he notes, “but I figured we could succeed in playing music, making it our jobs and having fun doing it. Nowadays we have our own studio in Chicago, so I just see us continuing to make a lot of music with the band and with other people and just continuing to do as much of it ourselves as we can and spread love and joy and good rock ‘n’ roll music around the world.”

If You Go:

• Fusion Shows 10th Anniversary Bash with Twin Peaks, Pup, the Flatliners and more

• Saturday, Jan. 13. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

• The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac.

• Tickets are $23 in advance, $25 day of show. Some proceeds go to the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit for LGBTQ youth.

• Call 248-858-9333 or visit thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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