I hesitate to say that grunge is making a comeback, but in the face of all the emo-revival currently happening in the cool-punk world, there remains an undercurrent of bands who have taken Nirvana as a primary influence. Lots of buzzing modern bands sound like Pinkerton is the first album that ever mattered*, but concurrent to that are bands like The Orwells, FIDLAR, and the Dispersions; bands playing guitar-led rock that has venom.
Add Twiin to that latter group. The Philadelphia four-piece has only released one song in 2015**, and while “Sleepover” is a fun piece of surfy garage-pop, seeing them live at Connie’s Ric Rac on Thursday night suggests the band has a lot more punch than the single suggests. The band ripped through about seven songs, and each one was more searing than the last, while still maintaining that gritty surf-rock feel that kicked hair-metal out in the early 90s.
This is all a long-winded way of saying that, if you fuck with guitar-lead punk that is more focused on impact than emotion, Twiin is a band to watch.
*Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I love Pinkerton.