Twin Peaks are group of young rockers hailing from Chicago. They came through Columbus as their first stop on a tour promoting their newest album Down in Heaven, which is a softer more vulnerable take on the teenage-beloved garage rock they’re known for. Before the show there was some fan upset about the movement of the show from the “dinge” of The Basement up to the A&R, but the heat and smoke pouring in from the summer night brought all the dinge necessary. It was like standing in a virtual sauna with steam and cigarette smoke permeating all around. However, these conditions seemed to only amp up the crowd as they screamed and sweat through every song. Teenage boys moshed and shook off sweat like wet dogs. A chorus of female screams split the air over screaming guitars during a brief guitar make out sesh curtesy of Clay, Twin Peaks guitarist and singer. For a brief moment I thought the heat had gotten the best of me, but hey nothing wakes you from a warm lull like a crowd surfer’s foot to the back of your head. It was everything you think of when you think of a punk rock show. Filth and sweat and kids going absolutely crazy. Even through slower songs like Walk To One You Love and Wanted You, the moshing and crowd surfing didn’t subside. No matter what fans were expecting with the new album, Twin Peaks delivered, with as much energy and fervor as the crowd could handle.
(Twin Peaks. Leading image: Colin, keys. Clockwise from upper left: Clay, guitar/vox; Cadien guitar/vox; Connor, drums; Jack, bass)
(White Reaper, opener)
(Modern Vices, opener)
(White Reaper, opener)
A brief anecdote about this final image of your humble author/photographer (pictured in the middle) with fellow sweat covered concert goers. At one point during the show Twin Peaks announced something along the lines of “This song is about shrooms, and we’re on em!” This fact was pretty apparent after the show. As I approached Clay to get my final polaroid of the night, he told me that I could only take his picture on the stipulation that he could take one of me. So I showed him how to use it and this is the resulting image. I’d say it’s pretty darn good for someone who’d never used the camera and was tripping!