By Angelie Benn and Jenny Ryan
Six days after the release of their third album, “Down In Heaven,” MITD sat down with Cadien, Connor, JD, and Colin of Chicago's Twin Peaks ahead of their set at Rock & Roll Hotel. The band told us about their time on tour with Hinds, how to thrive in the DIY scene, and much more. Read more from Twin Peaks below.
On hanging with Hinds:
“Hinds are the homies. I don’t usually feel pushed for the partying but they party really fucking hard. They don’t stop but they’re good gals and they got us up to Madrid-they really pushed to make that happen. We’re indebted to them for getting us to Spain. Every time they play Chicago we’re on tour but we hope to see them there someday-show ‘em around the hood.”
On The Rolling Stones “inspiration” (or lack thereof):
[Cadien pulls down the collar of his shirt to reveal his Stones tattoo that reads “Let It Bleed.”] “I mean they’re one of my favorite bands. The inspiration thing is not a big conversation with us-it just happens. I listened to a bunch of Stones the last couple of years-it’s definitely changed the way I write a bit. Clay really really writes shit that sounds Stones-y. Yeah I fucking love the Stones, they’re awesome!”
On the Chicago DIY scene:
"Me and Jack and Connor started going to shows together when we were like sophomores, right around the time we started playing together in high school. I had been playing with Jack forever but we started a band that turned into Twin Peaks. In the winter we just started going to these shows and swigging 40's when we were little sixteen year old's. When we moved back from college after we had dropped out, we were only there two months. Clay, at the time, his parents were charging him rent to live at home so he was like fuck that I’m just gonna move out and we would go to see shows at this place, Animal Kingdom and a little room opened up so he moved in there. We used to record demos down in the basement there-we’d play there all the time. I miss it, there was bonfires in the backyard. We did the listening party for “Sunken” back there. I still love that shit-I still go to house parties and shows. It happens a lot in Chicago I’m sure it happens everywhere but it seems like it’s easier in some cities than in others.
I think Chicago just has a lot of flats that have basements and backyards. It was easier to get away with but also, come the modern age of the internet and social media a lot of places get shut down a lot sooner than they would have. I’m sure there’s a lot of places still going kind of pushing further and further south and southwest in Chicago.Touring so much I definitely feel out of the loop with where stuff is happening. The last place I remember going since high school called Wally’s World just closed in Chicago-they got evicted. It’s technically illegal-the noise ordinances and shit it just sucks."
Advice to the DC DIY scene:
"Keep playing and lock the doors when the cops show up. I never really ran a DIY spot, it was always people a little older than us but shit man, where there’s a will there’s a way right? Make friends with your neighbors-that’s real as fuck. Make sure they’re not gonna call the cops on you. I would have hated saying this when I was going to shows at that age but don’t have too many high school kids coming around. There’s been shows when there’s been way too many little kids getting fucked up and drinking and there’s moms picking kids up. But where there’s a will there’s a way and people will keep rockin' and rollin' and underage kids will keep getting fucked up."
On being from Chicago:
"I don’t feel pressure at all-I love coming from Chicago. It’s totally becoming a renaissance in Chicago right now, it’s fucking awesome. You know like we went to high school with Chance, we partied with him but you know, it’s totally different worlds we play in but we still support each other. We saw him at his release party for “Coloring Book,” only spoke to him for about two seconds but it’s all love in Chicago. Everybody is trying to put everybody on. There’s never been a big label, a big publishing company. Chicago has never been about the competition at least in what I know of it. In Chicago if it happens it happens-there’s a lot of love and community. Midwest baby, it’s very different. I love being from the Midwest, it’s super sincere, not trying to be something we’re not. There’s no pretension."
We'd like to thank Twin Peaks for speaking with us. Make sure to buy their latest album, Down in Heaven, out now on Grand Jury.