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Twiztid's fully loaded for 2021, 5 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2021

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Twiztid is not exactly known for cooling its jets. Even during a pandemic.

So it serves to fit that the Livonia duo has more projects popping than most can keep track of. Its "Docu-stream" event on Tuesday, April 20 advances the release of a new mini-album, "Electric Lettuce," on Friday, Aug. 23. A full-length album, "Unlikely Prescription," is on track for release later this year, and Twiztid recently announced an August date for its pop culture convention, Astronomicon. A new four-issue arc for its Haunted High-Ons comic book series, "Curse of the Green Books," is also on its way.

So Jamie "Madrox" Spaniolo has every reason to be in full-throttle mode by phone from their Majik Ninja Entertainment offices as he rattles through everything he and Paul "Monoxide Child" Methric are up to right now...

Madrox, 45, says being busy is "the greatest problem to have" for Twiztid. "I don't want to become lax and just chill; I like the fact we've got to stay on top of our toes and do stuff. That makes for good content. That makes things stay current. And that hunger is there...more than ever. We're always thankful for the sharpen-your-pencil moments. When you have content, constantly, it's a great feeling. I can't get enough of it, and I want to be able to provide that to our listeners just like I look for it from the people I listen to."

Twiztid's "Docu-stream," celebrating the 420 marijuana holiday, will include performances and semi-scripted moments form the duo and its cohorts. "It's extremely professional; It has this HBO quality to it, and I love that 'cause 'were always trying to raise the bar. You're gonna see us do new rock material, with our drummer, and also some traditional Jamie and Paul Twiztid stuff with the paint, kicking the old school rhymes just as we started out. Then there's kind of a Q&A, just me and Paul talking about a lot of stuff. I think it makes for a really entertaining video. We can still surprise each other. I love that."

Madrox credits Monoxide Child with taking the lead on "Electric Lettuce," which includes a gang track, "No Smoke," with Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Alla Xul Elu and others. The album's focus is, not surprisingly, on the duo's fondness for pot. "It's a "let's get high and tune out vibe." Why not? There's so many other worse things we can be making songs about. Especially after the last year we've had, why not take a moment for ourselves to reset, just roll a doobie and take a breath. With all the mental health awareness going on and all the people having cabin fever, just take a break and take a minute and take care of yourself, y'know?"

The "Unlikely Prescription" album is still on target for a summer release, according to Madrox, and will lean more towards the rock side of Twiztid's musical world. "It's just us showing, I guess, our versatility -- us doing what...we want. We love that we've gotten to a point where people will listen to what we do and will be, like, 'IF this is from them I've got to give it a fair shot' as opposed to, 'I don't want to hear them doing country' or rock or whatever. Everything Paul and I do we do to the best of our ability, and I love that people will give it a chance." Madrox also hints at "three very, very unique" guests Twiztid has approached to be part of the album but says it's not time to name them just yet.

After having to postpone last year's Astronomicon, Twiztid is optimistic about holding its fourth edition Aug. 20-22 in Ann Arbor. Several guests -- including actors Bill Moseley, Michael Berryman and Kane Hodder -- have already been announced, and tickets are on sale via Astronomicon.com. "We've said on the record a thousand times that if we can't do it right, we won't do it at all. We want to make sure it's a safe environment for people and their families. We don't know exactly what it will take, and it'll change between now and then, but we're hopeful we'll be able to do it 'cause we had a great time at the others and we feel like we're building something really special."

Twiztid hosts a special "Docu-stream" live event at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, via StreamTwiztid.com. The duo's new album, "Electric Lettuce," comes out Friday, April 23.

Web Site: www.StreamTwiztid.com

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