The single, or EP if you will, starts with the promising Pretty From The Window. It has some punk and new wave influences and heavily leans on the indie riffs that are currently very popular in the UK. Bands like Kaiser Chiefs, Libertines, Kooks, Franz Ferdinand and countless other bands are having great succes with it, and it’s only slowly crossing over the big pond. Bands like The Craze are having minor successes with a similar approach and I wonder why these American bands have such a hard time breaking through with the same success formula. But from what we hear, Twin Berlin seems to have what it takes to take this formula to a higher platform within the US. Pretty From The Window with its catchiness and powerful, energetic guitar playing and steady beat is bound to get some heavy rotation on local and even national radio stations as the song sticks with you and provides joy for those who want to rock out as well for those who want to bust a move.
Fake It Well has some of the same influences as its basis, but also reminds me of bands like The Cars who were a dominant force in the late 70s and early 80s. There seems to be a revival of the sound from that era and with Fake It Well, Twin Berlin feels like they are in their groove. They play this song convincingly and the arrangement is strong enough to draw you in more and more as the song goes on. And with each listen, the song gets a little better. It’s a good comfort zone to be in, and Twin Berlin definitely makes the most of it.
The “Twin Single”, recently released, is to hold us over until the band’s debut album drops later this year. And if the single is any indication, the album will be released to an already established fanbase and will most likely garner raving reviews and postive critiques from press and music fans alike. Twin Berlin is a newcomer, but they are definitely a band you want to keep an eye out for.