Garage punk from a band once populated by members of Hookworms. From Wales, to Leeds and, then back to Wales comes Twisted, drawing heavily on punk influences from the 70s and 80s including the Buzzcocks and Rites of Spring with an unmistakable raw, young edge, rightfully angry at what the world is coming to in 2015. Vinyl LP on Art for Blind.
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‘Utopia’ is the sound of punk songs obliterating themselves. Welsh-gone-Leeds-gone-Welsh band Twisted make an irresponsibly fast racket that has nothing to say after two minutes and never thinks about what’s come before; if it says anything, it says nevermind, it says burn after reading. Twisted think in the moment, because the song the next one follows is in the past -- just keep moving. All garage bands should aspire to forgetfulness.
Recalling many of the best impatient scuzz punks (from Jay Reatard to Joyce Manor) while also spitting out their songs with the loathing of hardcore band The Suicide File, Twisted use a pretty conventional set up to punch and punch and punch. Most of their niftiest tricks are buried -- the firm basslines and deceptively inventive riffage do enough -- though they occasionally showboat, such as the proudly math riff that seeps into “Toxic Convener”. The rest is just energy: the band is carried forward by Livi Sinclair’s vocals, which restlessly peruse the dark, nihilist setting they’ve given themselves -- as the liner notes read: “utopia, a Greek word which means “there is no such place””. Sinclair’s voice is abrasive and bouncy at the same time, full of declarative articulations that make the record sound like an angry question poised to its listener.
There’s not much else to say about this toxic punk alchemy, and not much Twisted would want me to waste words on. ‘Utopia’ makes me wish that Husker Du had formed in Leeds, but it’s okay: Twisted’s breakneck pace and forward-lurching garage punk will do.
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