Grey Waves LP
Written by Garrett Neergaard
Twin Tigers' Grey Waves LP has reminded
me of that age old adage that one is never wise
to judge a book by it's cover. In reading about
the Athens, GA band, I quickly came across some
labels attached to the band's sound. And there it
was: shoegaze. For some reason the term shoegaze
bothers me. I want to say, "Hey! Stop looking
at your shoes and make some music." I hear
the word shoegaze and I imagine sound droning on
and on without purpose. Fortunately for me and anyone
else who hears Grey Waves, that is not
remotely what Twin Tigers is all about. These shoegazers
make noise. They bang their instruments. They change
it up. Their guitars go epic at times. They get
down and dirty when it counts and there's something
hot about the way they do it.
Twin Tigers was formed by guitarist/vocalist Matthew
Rain and bassist Aimee Morris. The one-time couple
decided to forgo their romance for the sake of the
band and I think it was a wise choice. There's a
sexual tension driving this album that is simply
wonderful. Drummer Doug Crump and guitarist Forrest
Hall, new additions since their debut EP, round
the band out.
The opener, "Passive Idol," does point
to some pretty classic shoegazing with its opening
waves of guitar, and then about thirty seconds in
they tear it up with this crunching guitar riff.
Then Rain drops in the sweetly seductive, "There
is not a girl in the world I ever felt safer for."
The song ends with chants of "I will find you
out there." Twin Tigers want you to let them
in, and you'd be wise to do so. Red Fox Run starts
out with "If you ever want to come with us,
we can shackle our love in a circle of trust."
Anyone who sings, "I'm dying or so it appears,
with your crystal ball and your gypsy fear,"
is a band for me. Rain sounds almost like a cross
between Richard Butler from the Psychedelic Furs
and Ian McCullouch of Echo and the Bunnymen. Other
stand outs on the album were the epic "Feathers"
and the surly "Crystal Highway."
This is a strong, self-assured debut. Twin Tigers
isn't looking for their sound, they've found it.
They draw comparisons to everyone from U2 to The
Velvet Underground. And they're earned comparisons.
This is an album with textures. And I'm reminded
of shoegaze at its best. A band like My Bloody Valentine.
A band not relying on a single sound or idea. A
band out to play and explore and to take you somewhere
you've never been before.