Blackpool is lighting up with bustling new talent and Twin Graves are the town’s latest addition.
With Beach/Surf Rock styles, electrolysed with Ballet School synths and fused with Torches’ grand escapade; Twin Graves are the brightest attraction in Blackpool’s saturated fairground.
Twin Graves only recently released their debut EP Walk In Circles (17th February). With a limited edition, blue splatter 12″ set to 300 copies, it’ll be hard to imagine these will stay for long.
Walk In Circles creates its full 360, by flying listeners off to the dreary, yet somehow satisfying life of a Blackpool-er . Starting with The Big One; storming across a roller-coaster that you’d see in a home-made music video, you then struggle to regain consciousness, stumbling around Pleasure Beach, as you fall onto Blackpool Beach and gaze widely into the murkiest water polluted with the bright lights of fairground amusements.
Each track follows their own unique style, not sounding wildly different to one another, but retaining their own spark. Their enchanting take on 80’s Indie Pop sees Duran-Duran’s synth work modernised, to sound less like a 16bit game, and more of a translucent piece of Indie, guitar pop.
Walk In Circles opener Night Runner, welcomes itself with Beach Rock styles, glamorised with Veronica Fall’s gothly rhythms, making sure Twin Graves don’t forget that they’re in Blackpool, not California. Shadows’ constant ‘wubs’ of primarily dubstep electronics stretches as far as synthesising the dramatic, haunting guitars. While Walk In Circles’ stand-out track Brothers, manages to sound just like a Veronica Falls track but then transforms into a work of Chairlifts, with rotating synthesisers clashing with high strung guitars, celebrating an hour of sun on a packed out Blackpool beach.
The EP’s closer Last Sunset, truly attains the emotions of a last sunset, summoning cries of ‘taking it back’ when referencing a forgotten life, with mind warping guitars, searching your very soul for an ounce of purpose. It’s as gripping as ‘the emotional song’ at the end of most Indie albums, even with it’s Beach Rock/Pop works of scorching guitars and melting synthesisers.
Twin Graves’ debut works well as a small offering of what this BP-town band can do, scoring Californian, Beach Rock styles with British grounding, keeping Twin Graves firmly planted in our grey country for just a while longer, before they discover that the sun does actually exist.