“We’ve literally put blood, sweat and tears into making this album,” explain THE TWANG as they return with new single, Everytime.
After the success of debut record, Love it When I Feel Like This, the band have continuously developed their sound and their upcoming record, If Confronted Just Go Mad, will follow suit. While they point out “we’ve always tried to do something a little different on each record,” The Twang know that LIWIFLT pt.2 could have been a more commercially acceptable release somewhere between 2007 and now; adding “our debut is still the one that people love most, but we’ve certainly never tried to just recreate it like a lot of bands would.”
Rather than replicating the record, The Twang instead offer tracks that are “reminiscent of Two Lovers and Got me Sussed,” whilst simultaneously once again developing their sound with tracks that are “also quite rowdy at times.” The news of If Confronted … coincides with the announcement of their return to the live circuit – something they are looking forward to because “it is really exciting having new tunes to play.” Still tweaking how they are going to present them, The Twang reveal “we’ve been practising some of them and they [new songs] sound great. Sometimes you can start playing new stuff and it can be tricky sometimes to get them to sound good, but this new batch really translate live and will hopefully enhance our live set.”
If you are a die-hard fan of The Twang and are feeling sceptical about their setlist being swarmed with new music, fear not. They acknowledge the fact that fans want to hear ‘the classics’ and jokingly offer the analogy that “having songs can be like having kids. Sometimes they can be quite annoying but ultimately you love them.” The songs in question are Barney Rubble and Either Way – arguably The Twang’s ‘biggest’ hits, but songs that have always been considered favourites by their fans.
The Twang know that they ‘have’ to play them; similarly Kings of Leon, for example, ‘have’ to play Sex on Fire and Use Somebody even though they have become oversaturated and ‘annoying’ over time – unlike KoL, though, The Twang still enjoy pulling these out and appreciate that “the big tunes are ultimately why people come and see you live. They [the fans] want to re-engage with feelings and memories. It is inevitable that fans will love a band’s big tunes more than the band do and rightly so.”
When The Twang pull out the aforementioned classics there is still a huge sense of excitement, matched with a heavy dose of nostalgia and as they put it, “I think it’s natural to look back at times in your life. Sometimes I’ll hear a song from that period and it’ll take me right back to sitting in a splitter van with the lads blasting up and down the motorway.”
Before veering off on a nostalgia trip, the interview comes to a close as The Twang leave us with a statement that shows their humble side, whilst giving a nod to the future: “We had a lot of fun back then; a lot of it very chaotic. It’s mad seeing fans who have stuck with us at gigs now that where there before. We’re going to be releasing and playing a lot of music this year and we’re very excited to be doing so. Beautiful.”