SINGLE REVIEW: American Kids by War Twins
This track really sets it stall out in a way which means business. Loud and proud, it takes just four seconds to hit the hook, and start with the anthemic chorus: No bulls-shit verse – chorus – lets build. That ain’t the plan. We ain’t waiting to hit you with what we’ve got. We just haven’t the time.
The sense of urgency is probably due to the fact that Boston’s (Little) War Twins have been hanging round the musical block for a couple of years now, reminding us – on this side of the Atlantic, as a steroid laden, chlorine bleached version of our very on Ting Tings. And, for a bit of artistic kudos, PJ Harvey at her most heavy, industrial moments. Their musical CV boasts the previous releases of “Warrior”, “Watch The Skies”, and they have in their career supported the likes of Wolf Alice and Alien Ant Farm. But with American Kids, their time may have finally arrived. And if so, fair play to them. Those stars may just be aligning…
Perhaps the fork in the road of their musical career came with working with the Grammy Award winner Sylvia Massey, who has worked with such alumni as Rick Rubin, Skunk Anaise and Tool. I maybe wrong, but compared to their previous oﬀerings, American Kids has managed to raise the sonic bar a notch and exhibits a clarity of musical and compositional focus. And this maybe down to Massey. If so, her guiding hand has helped sculpt a radio-friendly gem, which surely has the cross-over appeal that will jettison them from the confines of the alt-indie brigade into the eager commercial embrace of the wider audience.
So yeah. All the best with this Gaetana and James. American Kids is a real ear-worm, and will have you singing the first part of the chorus, again and again; probably at inappropriate moments. Which is exactly what the War Twins want. With a bit of good fortune and a fair wind, these guys musical profile is about to be elevated. And well deserved too.
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