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Review Sat Sep 26 2015

Twin Peaks and Wavves Punked Out at the Vic

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Twin Peaks was showing off their Chicago (I was about to write Chitown but then thought about that Gapers Block button...) pride last night at the Vic. The fivesome of Midwestern punk rockers had as backing on the stage a banner flaunting a (rather pot-bellied) Benny the Bull with the four blue Chicago stars arrayed above him and a sleepy-eyed sun saying "'sup dog?"

The group started things off with "Telephone" from 2014's Wild Onion and moved into "Natural Villain" from 2013's Sunken and back to Wild Onion with "Flavor". The crowd was eating up the group's pop-infused garage rock and loving every second of it, and the group ended things with a multi-faceted bang -- the guitarist hurdled himself into the audience to crowd surf, the keyboardist took some piece of equipment off the stage, ripped it up and tossed it at the crowd, and the lead singer popped a confetti cannon at the overjoyed concert-goers.

After that enthusiastic send off, Wavves took to the stage, backed by a tie-dyed ying-yang banner of blue and purple. This is a co-headlining tour, but the enthusiasm was clearly more on the side of Twin Peaks in their hometown, as quite a few people had peaced out after the confetti cleared, but there was still a good sized crowd that stuck it out for the San Diego punk rockers. Wavves and Twin Peaks make a good pairing -- both excellent punk bands in their own right, with Twin Peaks infusing their music with pop and Wavves infusing their music with sunny surfer vibes. The surf punkers started things off with "Idiot" and "Linus Spacehead" from 2010's King of the Beach as well as playing the crowd some of their new material "My Head Hearts" from their forthcoming 2015 release V. Based on the material they played at the show last night I'd say it's worth it to grab a copy early.

 
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Rick / September 27, 2015 6:16 AM

Pony is a song. The album is called V.

Celeste / September 27, 2015 11:19 AM

You're absolutely right - thanks for the correction.

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