The Twistettes @ Sound, Liverpool
Thursday 23rd March 2017

Sound, Liverpool – no stage, no specific lighting, the crowd are packed in tight forming a polite semi-circle – inches ahead of them, hazed in shadow from filament lights, hemmed in by equipment the D’arc sisters aka The Twistettes are opening their UK tour.

They are a punk band, but no ordinary punk band – its howling vocals, drum and bass…that’s it, all other excesses discarded in favour of some of the most primitive sounds to emerge since the Neanderthals celebrated a successful hunting party – opener ‘I Think Not’ pins you to the wall with a dirty as shit down tuned bass that rattles through your chest, a call to the wild but with a bitter sweet vocal gliding over the mayhem “Wear that tiny dress for me…swing that sexy ass for me…I think not”…it’s a whirlwind of heavy ass ride the rails grooves all held together by motoric hard as nails drumming – reminded me of Nick Knox, why bother with the fancy shit, just hit the bloody things – worked for Mo Tucker, it certainly works for The Twistettes.

The bass riff of ‘Suck It, Fake It’ punches real hard matched by the vitriolic retort “I’m a slut, I’m a tease, I’m a whore, I’m a bitch, I’m a prude, I’m a bore” – its bold, dripping raw and despite reaching back to riot grrrl is totally relevant today.

Jo, cradling her Fender Mustang whispers into the microphone with a soft Scottish accent informing us ‘Make A Fist’…“it’s a new song” before launching into a swirling vortex of glorious noise; it’s like Motörhead colliding with The Ronnettes, this is life affirming dirty rock n’ roll which leads us directly into ‘The Line’ with a yelped chorus that has hints of Zeppelin’s mighty ‘Rock & Roll’…Nicky is hitting them drums like they did her some serious harm, the speedo is peaking…it’s a total fuck you boogie to the drab, and the bland – a barrage of fuzzed out garage washed over with surf punk that has ignited the audience into spasmodic twists and turns.

The Twistettes are an energized blast that reminds you that with the shit going on in the world nothing beats the soul enriching primal howl of born bad rock n’ roll, it might not provide answers, but it certainly lifts your spirits.

The Twistettes UK Tour Dates;

25th March – The Fulford Arms, York

8th April – Conroy’s Basement Bar, Dundee
14th April– Bar Loco, Newcastle
28th April – Upstairs @ O’Neils, Aberdeen
29th April – Banshee’s Labyrinth, Edinburgh
30th April – The Green Door Store, Brighton

5th May – McChuills, Glasgow
27th May – Knockengorroch Festival, Dumfries

24th June – ‘Twistettes Twisted Tea Party’ La Belle Angele, Edinburgh

2nd Sept – Loud Women Fest, DIY Space for London

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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