We recently caught up with Texas-based Twin Tribes who are currently promoting their album Ceremony. They discussed their home state (Texas) and how it impacts their music, the process behind making their album, and what fans can expect from the group in 2020!
Hey guys! Thanks for chatting to us – how did Twin Tribes get together?
Luis: We formed Twin Tribes in the summer of 2017 after working on some rough demos that later would become tracks from our first album “Shadows”.
Tell us about the making of your latest album Ceremony?
Luis: The making of Ceremony was probably a process that lasted a little more than a year. We started writing the songs back in 2018 while still promoting our first album. Then in the summer of 2019 we got together with our producers to start the recording process until it came to life December 13th of 2019.
Joel: The music and lyric writing process was a lot more personal. I think we really dug deep to find a space we could work in that was always teetering the line between dark and light.
What is the music scene like in your home state Texas?
Luis: Texas has a great scene for Post-Punk music, but my favorite city has to be San Antonio. It’s the closest metropolitan area for us back home, 4 hours North of Brownsville. The people are what make the scene more enjoyable and we’re proud to call the city our home base.
Joel: So many great bands are coming out of the Texas scene. The DJ’s are tremendous, as well. San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, and Houston are consistently amazing.
Can you recall your favourite memory from making the album?
Luis: I think my favorite memory from making our newest album, Ceremony was probably the experimentation that happened. We changed things up a bit in the creative direction but not too far out from our comfort area. We experimented using acoustic 12 strings, choir sounds and analog drum machines.
Joel: I think my favorite memory is one that never happened. I didn’t have to lay on the floor listening to drums for an entire day, like we did for our first album, Shadows. For this, I am eternally grateful.
What is your favourite track from the album to perform live?
Luis: My favorite track from Ceremony to perform live is probably Heart & Feather. I think it’s a song that has so much energy and it gives you a nice preview of what to expect on the new album.
Joel: I love playing Fantasmas live. It’s a fiery song, and we’ve noticed it’s a track that the crowds get really pumped for.
What has been your strangest live show experience?
Luis: I think it was to see a band perform while a type of ritual was set up in front of them. Spooky.
Joel: I think the strangest was when we were playing a certain city in Texas. After every song we would play we would get light claps, and silence. I was thinking to myself, Wow, are we sounding that horrible? What is going on?! What was weird is when we got off stage, our merch table got surrounded by people saying they loved the show, and giving us praises. Super odd!
How do you get ready for a big show?
Luis: Usually we practice a couple of weeks before the show and just try to be as ready as possible. I’ll go to a restroom backstage or a corner and start panicking while doing vocal exercises. All part of the plan, of course.
Joel: Yes, practice, practice, practice. Make sure all of our gear is in order, make checklists of things that we need to prepare. We always want to give our best when we’re on stage, and preparation is key.
Who is your favourite artist or band to watch live?
Luis: One of my favorite acts to watch live is Wingtips. They are extremely amazing to watch live with fog, lights and so much energy.
Joel: My goodness, I have so many favorites. There are a ton of bands that I have seen smash it out of the park. I think the ones that come to mind immediately for me are Creux Lies and Mr. Kitty.
What are your goals for this year?
Luis: We are planning to tour behind our newest album as much as possible and to reach as many people as we can.
What more can fans expect to see from Twin Tribes in 2020?