Long Island, N.Y.'s Twin Sister catapulted to indie fame in the wake of its 2010 EP release, Color Your Life. Buzz-band status can be difficult for young acts, jolting members into the spotlight and putting pressure on them to live up to the hype. For a band like Twin Sister, however, it was no sweat.
With 2011's In Heaven (Domino), the band delivered an even better record than CYL, and it's already anxious to hit the studio again. But where Twin Sister excels the most is not in the studio but onstage.
When Twin Sister returns to Boise on Friday, Feb. 10, it'll be the band's third visit in the past year and a half. The band's willingness to tour extensively is a big part of what makes it perform so well live. The quintet is comprised of musicians who are skilled at what they do--delivering lush, dreamy indie funk with nary a loop or sample.
Boise Weekly recently spoke with drummer Bryan Ujueta. Unfortunately the group's tendency to be on the road was itself a bit of a roadblock--Ujueta cut out while traveling through the New Mexico desert. But prior to getting disconnected, he updated us on Twin Sister's plans to record a new album and its traveling soundtrack.
"We usually determine what we listen to by the geography," said Ujueta. "We'll put on some hard-hitting club culture music in the morning in the desert, with the sun coming out. But usually out of eastern Oregon, we'll listen to a lot of The Microphones, then usually transition into more dance music. I feel like every time we've ridden into Boise, it's been with dance music."
Twin Sister recently announced via Twitter that it will take a break from the road after this current tour--one of its few breaks since forming in 2008.
"I think we're taking some time off just to record a lot of music along with just enjoying our regular lives and getting back into the habits that we love and living in the spaces that we like to live in," said Ujueta. "I think it's needed. I think for a while, we felt a need to prove ourselves or put in the hours and earn any sort of recognition we may have been given ... But I think we just need some time."
While on temporary hiatus from the road, Twin Sister plans to dig into its stockpile of song fragments to cultivate a new album of fresh, danceable dream-pop.
"We have a little bank of songs going now--some things that are closer to being finished and then some that are much further," said Ujueta. "But there are a lot of newer things that we're excited about. I think we just want to expand and put something out sooner than later."
Ujueta noted that Twin Sister is getting more adventurous with its new material, incorporating influences from Indian music and utilizing irregular time signatures to expand its palate.
"We want to try out things that we haven't thought to try yet," said Ujueta. "When given a limited amount of time to practice or do anything, it's difficult to find the time to explore.[ Video is no longer available. ]