Cheeky, charming and touchingly direct, Melbourne foursome Twerps are rising from humble beginnings to become international lo-fi pop champions. Formed in late 2008 around charismatic guitarist/vocalist Marty Frawley, Twerps were already supporting the likes of Deerhunter, the Bats (NZ), the Black Lips, Yo La Tengo and Thee Oh Sees within a few months of their first gig.
Their debut EP, released on Chapter Music in late 2009, featured nine short, simple but incredibly infectious tracks, recorded by Eddy Current Suppression Ring/Total Control guitarist Mikey Young. These tracks were also released on cassette by US label Night People (Wet Hair, Peaking Lights). On the basis of this EP, Twerps began to filter out into the world, and were called “the best new band in Australia” by iconic UK magazine Uncut. More US labels came calling, and Twerps eventually released singles in early 2011 on Underwater Peoples (Mountain Man, Real Estate) and Group Tightener (Best Coast, Cloud Nothings). They also took off on their first US tour that March, a six week cross-country odyssey that saw them shine at SXSW, head through the midwest with Wet Hair, and pack out a New York show with Big Troubles.
Their self-titled debut album followed in late 2011, a co-release by Chapter Music and Underwater Peoples. Lead tracks Dreamin and This Guy were premiered on Pitchfork, who gave the album a glowing 7.9 review, then awarded album closer Coast To Coast a Best New Track (only the third Aussie band ever to score a BNT, after Cut Copy and Tame Impala). The album was also streamed in full by Gorilla Vs Bear and Stereogum and picked up by hundreds of blogs around the world. The band returned to SXSW this year, getting written up in the NME, Blllboard and elsewhere, and have just toured the US and Australia with Real Estate. They also added shows with Frankie Rose, DIIV, Spectrals and Ducktails to their US itinerary, and are now heading home to begin working on album number two.
“Exellent melodies, simple guitar lines, and simple lyrics that imply something urgent or devastating” – Pitchfork, 7.8 album review
“Coast To Coast is marked by wide-eyed wonder and joyous accomplishment” – Pitchfork, Best New Track
“This lot impressed us at SXSW recently, playing possibly the wooziest music of the whole bash.” – NME
“There’s something mystical about the way the band is able to tap into the same forlorn, faraway jangle that once propelled remote outposts like Athens, Ga., and Christchurch, New Zealand, to musical prominence” – Austin Chronicle
“Jangly, melancholic, perfectly autumnal” – Gorilla Vs Bear
“Mellow, reverb-heavy guitar jams accented by warm, laid-back hooks” – Stereogum