Twin Steps, “Son of Sam”

Blake Gillespie

Twin Steps

Oakland's Twin Steps are out to capture that same special feeling we get during the introduction of Black Star's “Definition” (hello everybody, recording live from somewhere…) on their latest, “Son of Sam”. That feeling also tends to be synonymous with live Sam Cooke records like One Night Stand! Live at the Harlem Square Club or At the Copa. It's my suspicion the introduction is their way of canonizing “Son of Sam” and aligning themselves to the spirit of Mr. Soul, not David Berkowitz.

With the formalities covered, Twin Steps jam out over a funky backbeat, courtesy of a sampled horns section plucked from the nether-reaches of the Cotton Club. The now fourpiece lace expressive guitar riffing alongside the ghostly horns, while its easy to envsion frontman Drew Pearson doing a Joe Cocker impression, flailing about as he clutches a silver microphone, pelting out his aches and woes. As Twin Steps take to the road this summer, expect many 'a big finishes to “Summer of Sam”, full of sing-a-longs and Pearson falling lifeless into your unsuspecting arms.

Twin Steps' Plague Songs 7″ is out August 13 on 1-2-3-4 Go!.

Twin Steps tour:
July
24 Oakland, CA @ The Uptown w/ Creepers + TBA
25 Los Angeles, CA @ Church of Fun w/ Michael Vidal + Mothers of Gut
26 Long Beach, CA @ HOUSE SHOW! w/ Peg + Gorgeous + Wild Pack of Canaries
27 Phoenix, AZ @ TRUNKSPACE w/ ST RANGER + Bear State + Webbs + Packrat
28 ABQ, NM @ GOLD HAUS
29 Denton, TX @ Andy's w/ Cleanup
30 Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain w/ Boyfrndz + Party Girl (members of the Carrots)
31 Houston @ Dean's w/ B L A C K I E
August
01 Montevallo, AL @ Eclipse Coffee & Books w/ Eleven Year Old
02 New Orleans, LA @ Cirlce Bar w/ Bipoloriod + Natural Blonde
03 Athens, GA @ Birdhouse Noun Factory w/ Black Moon + Future Ape Tapes
04 Nashville, TN @ Cafe Co Co's w/ The Prophet Nathan + Child Brides
05 Greensboro, NC @ New York Pizza
06 Arlington, VA @ CD CELLAR w/ Flower Girl
07 Philadelphia, PA @ TBA
08 Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn w/ Alan Watts
09 Brooklyn, NY @ The Ho_se w/ Alaskas
10 Buffalo, NY – BUFFALO DIY FEST
11 Ann Arbor / Detroit, MI @ TBA
12 Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle w/ Today's Hits + Kansas Bible Company
13 Omaha, NE / Des Moines, IA @ TBA
14 Denver, CO @ The Meadowlark w/ Rubedo
15 Las Vegas, NV @ TBA
16 Los Angeles, CA @ TBA
17 Los Angeles, CA @ TBA
24 Oakland, CA HOMECOMING SHOW w/ Wide Streets(LA) + Michael Vidal (Abe Vigoda)
25 Oakland, CA @ The New Parrish w/ Joan of Arc

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