[Who are The Twindows?]
Think back to the first time you made the perfect mix tape: in your room for hours, long after the lights went out downstairs, head buzzing from hearing that perfect transition between songs that were never really meant to be next to each other, but fit perfectly. You loved it so much you had to play it out on your own walkman for days before giving it to that person you really wanted to impress. That’s what punk/grunge band The Twindows do for you. You are the receiver of a carefully crafted amalgamation of influences ranging from Riot Grrrl, to Disney show-tunes, from sitting by the speaker trying to make out Cobain’s lyrics, to tearing apart the living room during “You Oughta Know.” A Frankenstein of genres, The Twindows is an intimate experience that takes you away but is totally grounded, hitting hard but caressing you afterwards.
While its members are geographically spread out, The Twindows set up shop near Philadelphia PA, in 2015. They’re composed of guitarist/vocalist Aster Grimm (Key of V), guitarist Kyle “Shaggs” Anderson (Ten Cent Days), drummer Oskar Daoud, and bassist Lerrg Ennui. The group started as a pastime in the tiny, smoke-filled bedroom of a punk house in Williamsport, PA, where most bands were donning a jazz guitarist and a music school pedigree. Williamsport was a great place to grow up as a folkie, and as a result Grimm’s acoustic duo Key of V was a local hit. But being a self-taught musician who grew up listening to 90’s alternative, a rock band was her ultimate goal. The Twindows was originally a pet project, expected to die not long after it was named after the two window fans sucking smoke out of the practice space, but they started hitting basements with a full set in less than 6 months, and began recording their first full-length album in less than a year.
The Twindows are, at their core, a well-read punk band. Their lyrics focus on not just feminist social commentary and relationships, but the behavioral psychology behind it. Their sound is characterized by the quirky lead vocals of Grimm, who has been compared to everything from Dolores O’riordan to Bessie Smith. Shaggs’ guitar style emulates the likes of Kurt Cobain and Roger Stevens, and Ennui praises the dank bedroom recordings of, Ariel Pink, and goddess of tic-tac bass, Carol Kaye. But they aren’t collectively re-fashioning punk or grunge into yet another post-post-post-post etc. genre. The Twindows make use of their space by redefining a sound and compositional style that is drenched in a classic, grainy, analog grit, yet delivered in a particular flavor of a bright, refined, and refreshingly hip vibe.
The Twindows released their first full-length album in March 2018. But the real experience they offer is their live shows. Aster Grimm perches herself behind the mic, Fender Strat bound or on-top the drum kit, consistently invading the personal space of everyone from the band to the audience. She sings for you and she sings to you; ogling in disbelief at the sounds they make together as if tonight were the first time they have ever played together. Tighter than the core of the earth, as crisp as freshly squeezed morning orange juice, nomadic in nature: the road as their mistress. They chase and stomp the allure of house shows and venues all over, from stages to three inch deep puddles of beer. So feed your inner punk and enter the pit of The Twindows.
What others say about us is not who we are. But here's what they said about us anyway...
"Well crafted, considerate, hard hitting...something along the lines of Amanda Palmer and System Of a Down politely at war, in a basement"
"Runaways meets Sabbath tracks, with urgent guitars, and vocals that are oddly infectious."
“The most unorthodox thing about The Twindows is probably the way their music seems to meld together despite the kill switch Pixies dynamic.” - Neu Futur
"[T]he vocals of Aster Grimm, which are outstanding and range from frail to the roar of a lion."
"Valkyrie 2.0 from The Twindows is everything you would want in a music playlist all on one release"