Twerps are a Melbourne based 4 piece; “Range Anxiety” their 2nd album is released, through the wonderful Merge Records on February 2nd and it’s a beauty.
Fans of The Pastels, The Go-betweens, Hospitality, The Chills and even Pavement will feel instantly at home in the world that Twerps place you in. Apparently effortlessly melodic gems like “Stranger” happily rub shoulders alongside slower paced groovers like “I don’t Mind". One of the great things about the 41 minutes of the record is the variety of the songs as the vocals are passed around the band, bringing a range of tone and tempo.
Hooks abound, as the band welcome you to share their wonky take on things. They have been around since 2008 with their debut album being released three years later. The new record is their first for Merge and it’s clear to see why they are an excellent fit with the impressive collection of artists who have recorded for the label over the years.
The band is set for a busy start to the year as they hit the road to promote the record. They play several dates around Australia with Belle and Sebastian (how we would love to catch one of those show!), and one gig with Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks in the unlikely setting of Melbourne Zoo, which sounds suitably surreal. Then they head to The States for a month, sadly no sign of any UK dates on the horizon, which is a shame. They would be a great fit for the charming Indietracks Festival, although the airfare from Melbourne could prove prohibitive!
In a week which is going to see news releases from the likes of Belle and Sebastian, The Decemberists and Sleater Kinney, it’s worth keeping some funds in your wallet for another week to ensure you don’t miss out on this Aussie gem. Quite frankly you’d be a twerp if you didn't! Enjoy the brilliantly deadpan trailer for the album below.