When it comes to bandmates and writing partners, a specific set of near-telepathic communication is required to fully tap into the true artistic potential. The best songwriters and bands have come from places of deep-seated camaraderie: look at Lennon and McCartney, or the White Stripes, or Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Three duos with historical notoriety of being thick as thieves, and they all have success stories to show for it. When it comes to twins, people generalize that the shared bond is similar to one of telepathy, which only raises the question “What if a pair of twins set out to write and record music together?” The link is certainly there with twins, but to be twins on top of being musically gifted is a very rare thing to come across. Luckily for indie pop/rock duo Lavendine, rarity is something they seem to have well within their grasp.
Comprised of twin sisters Jacy and Jana Ayers, Lavendine is based out of Oklahoma and they’re returning to the forefront of indie music with their new contagiously poppy single “Open Up A Window.” Listeners might notice a significant passing of time within their discography but need not worry about the gap signifying anything about their prowess lacking in the meantime. Lavendine has returned stronger than ever, and when the world needs them most. “Open Up A Window” is a deeply moving single to make a return with — it displays great faith and strong-willed belief not only in the sisters as songwriters, but within the sisters as family and women of God, yet the faith-based approach never fully eclipses the core intentions of the songwriting: perseverance in the face of total and absolute adversity.
Both sisters are unfortunately quite familiar with trauma and rising to the occasion to overcome it, be it through shared (yet entirely different) health issues or returning to music after years away. “There are so many details Jana and I have struggled with on other songs we have written,” Jacy says. “But on this one, it was as [if] we were vessels and God said, ‘Move over, I’m writing this one.’” The concept of letting God take up the pen and paper is one great songwriters know well, and the process was a quick one as the first verse was done in a very quick ten minutes and the riff was one that Jacy’s guitarist husband soon found himself unable to replicate — it was divine intervention for the sake of creating a song as beautiful as this one.
“Open Up A Window” dabbles in the genre of pop first and foremost but has roots in folk and country intonations with the undertones of Christian rock. The Ayers sisters have spent their time away from the recording booth honing in on a sound that they would be proud to return with, and the future is looking bright if this most recent single is any indication (and it should be.) “Just like the title says, it’s opened us up to a new season of creativity and we’re excited about the new songs we’re working on that we plan to release soon. We don’t know the future, but we’re grateful and humbled to be back making music.”
by Patrick Orr