Back in 2007, Birmingham outfit The Twang burst onto the scene with their debut single ‘Wide Awake’. The single made a splash into the top 20 and launched The Twang onto the music scene. Follow up single ‘Either Way’ smashed into the top 10, seeing the band championed by Radio 1.
The band’s debut album, Love it When I Feel Like This, reached number three in the album charts and then a series of high profile support slots and festival appearances followed, including Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds Festival and saw the band gain the reputation for being an excellent live act, putting on raucous booze fuelled gigs to the masses.
2019 sees vocalist Phil Etheridge, bassist Jon Watkin, guitarist Stu Hartland and drummer Ash Sheehan preparing for the release of their 5th studio album, cheekily titled, If Confronted Just Go Mad. The singles ‘Everytime’ and latest release ‘Dreams’ have preceded the album released on the 8th November. If these two singles are a snap shot of the sound of the new album then it’s going to be a cracker. ‘Everytime’ is a laid back blend of 80’s and 00’s disco, whilst ‘Dreams’ opens with a distinct groove drenched baseline with more than a hint of funk. Instantly it reminds me of the Roses ‘Fools Gold’, which is no bad thing at all. With the mouth watering prospect of The Blue Nile’s ‘Tinseltown in the Rain’ also in the offing it seems the band have their swagger back and are looking forward hitting the road again.
Speaking of touring, the band have a few shows in October, kicking off at the increasingly popular Neighbourhood Festival in Manchester on the 12th October, sharing the bill with the likes of Miles Kane, The Sherlocks, and Fat White Family. Following this is a string of dates in Oxford on the 13th and Leicester on the 14th of October.
The band will see out the year with a mammoth 15 date tour of the UK, sharing the stage with 90’s legends Shed 7, who’s biannual winter tour is becoming as much a part of Christmas as mulled wine, It’s A Wonderful Life, and pissed up knobheads allowed out for one night of the year (the last Friday before the festival period). This tour opens in Stoke-on-Trent on the 21st of November and finishes in Manchester on 21st of December and promises to be a belting night out, with two bands blasting through their big anthems and putting on one hell of a show.
The Twangs exceptional year is capped off a home town show at the 02 Birmingham Institute on the 22nd December, which seems the perfect way to cap off a year of band that has come back, and come back in a big way!
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