Today, Twin Peaks are ecstatic to announce their third record, Down In Heaven, which will be released on May 13th via Grand Jury. Having careened across America and beyond, sharing their staggering energy, the band made their third album the best way they know how: by themselves. The same group that produced the scuzzy squalor of their debut Sunken, had legions of fans screaming along to their anthemic sophomore effort, Wild Onion, now swings and serenades with Down In Heaven.
Born of Chicago’s league-leading DIY scene and with several of them remaining friends since elementary school, Cadien Lake James, Clay Frankel, Connor Brodner, Jack Dolan, and most recent addition Colin Croom share an enthusiasm, authenticity and passion their audiences have found contagious. In the three years since dropping out of college to support their debut album Sunken, the band has covered a lot of ground. They’ve played to ever-increasing crowds, bigger and rowdier each time they come barreling into a city; they were anointed “Best New Band” by NME and countless other publications, and they have performed for (and partied with) more than hospitable masses at festivals in the states and Europe, including Pitchfork, Lollapalooza, Reading & Leeds, and Roskilde. In between all this action, the group set up camp in the summer of 2015 amidst the solitude of a murky lake in Western Massachusetts, where they could experiment and record on their own terms in the warm living room of a good friend’s house. Recording on reel-to-reel with the band learning studio tricks on the fly, Twin Peaks set out to a make an LP that reflects how far they’ve come and how much of life is left, trusting themselves to make a record they’d want to hear.
Co-produced by the band and longtime collaborator R. Andrew Humphrey, and mixed by new confidant John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth), the record is by turns raw, polished and wise beyond its years. The diverse new songs beg the listener to sway slowly, bang their head wildly and question what they were doing wasting emotional time on anything less. It is a marked, and some may say mature, development for a band that doesn’t know how to play it safe. They aren’t here to tell you what youth is like or what being a little older now means, though; they want to join you in a conversation about why we hurt, love and tug at each other.
Down in Heaven will bring old fans and new Twin Peaks most complex record to date, encompassing elements only teased on their previous efforts. Frankel says, “I don’t know yet what kind of band we are, since we keep changing with every year.” Today, the band also share the first song off the record, the undeniable “Walk To The One You Love,” a song written by James about letting someone close to you go.
LISTEN TO “WALK TO THE ONE YOU LOVE”
DOWN IN HEAVEN TRACKLISTING
1. Walk To The One You Love
2. Wanted You
3. My Boys
5. You Don’t
6. Cold Lips
7. Heavenly Showers
8. Keep It Together
9. Getting Better
10. Holding Roses
13. Have You Ever?
TWIN PEAKS TOUR DATES:
Wed. Feb. 24 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
Thu. Feb. 25 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
Fri. Feb. 26 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag [two shows] Sat. Feb. 27 – Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose Tap House
Wed. Mar. 9 – Champaign, IL @ The Accord
Thu. Mar. 10 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In
Fri. Mar. 11 – Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin
Sat. Mar. 12 – Bloomington, IN @ Blockhouse
Fri. Apr. 15 – Sheffield, UK @ Picture House Social Club
Sat. Apr. 16 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
Sun. Apr. 17 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
Tue. Apr. 19 – London, UK @ Camden Barfly
Thu. Apr. 21 – Paris, FR @ La Mécanique Ondulatoire
Fri. Apr. 22 – Évreux, FR @ L’abordage
Sat. Apr. 23 – Reze, FR @ Festival L’Ere de Rien
Fri. Apr. 29 – Austin, TX @ Levitation
Fri. May 13 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Thu. Jun 9 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival