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Twerps: Range Anxiety

From the label:
“Formed in Melbourne in late 2008, Twerps enjoyed immediate success, releasing a series of vinyl singles and cassettes on various labels around the world. The release of their 2011 self-titled debut album led to appearances at SXSW and CMJ and tours with Real Estate, Mac DeMarco, and others, and now Merge brings you Twerps’ second full-length album, Range Anxiety. The band has always worked and thrived on a precarious balance of moods and cooperation. Alex Macfarlane joined the band in early 2013, and the new lineup has seen the band refine their mode of operating in an intuitive way. As singer-guitarist Julia McFarlane says, “We tried to be open-minded to new processes.” This open-minded approach led to improvisations that sound perfectly planned: singer-guitarist Martin Frawley tricking Julia into believing “I Don’t Mind” is about a bank heist, just to see what she would come up with; Martin turning a hangover into a story about being in a difficult relationship with “Back to You”; and the call-and-response of “Adrenaline” that advocates for the enticing oblivion of obsession. Range Anxiety is a worthy showcase of the creativity and vitality Twerps bring to their music. At first listen, nods to The Go-Betweens and the band’s beloved Flying Nun influences are clear, but upon closer examination, Twerps expand into a sound uniquely their own.”
Range Anxiety is out January 27 on Merge Records; listen to “Back To You” below, and check out the whole record via Hype Machine.


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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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