What do you get when a set of twins grows up listening to their older sisters’ record collection of the Beatles, Brazil’ 66, Todd Rundgren, The Clash and the soundtrack of Jesus Christ Superstar? The Twigs. The Twigs are twin sisters, songwriters and singers Linda and Laura Good, with Linda on piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, acoustic guitar, vocals and Laura on electric guitar, vocals, keys and programming. Smart lyrics, ethereal vocal harmonies, crunchy guitars and dreamy piano lines mix with retro grooves to produce a sound uniquely their own.
THE TWIGS GREW UP…playing almost any instrument put in front of them. They spent the first four years of their life in Mexico, where locals considered them good luck charms and touched the white-haired twins’ heads for luck. Their earliest musical memories were of Mariachi street music and late 70′s radio bands like Bread. After moving to Chicago, Linda and Laura embraced an odd mix of American soul, pop, punk an old acoustic guitar they bought with their babysitting money. Linda also became fascinated with old jazz radio. “I’d go around singing Billie Holiday songs like ‘Stormy Weather’ when I was 11 years old — it just made me feel better,” she says.
Being the youngest of five girls, the twins were both best friends and bitter enemies who used to physically fight over who got to play the piano after dinner. Laura recalls, “my older sisters would be upstairs blasting ‘Dark Side of The Moon,’ my mom would be singing opera in the kitchen and I would be in the basement playing Neil Young on my cello.” At 16, Linda received a talent scholarship to The Academy for The Performing Arts High School in Chicago. After high school, Linda headed to Wales to study music while Laura finished her music degree at Columbia College. Oddly enough, it was only when the twins were separated by an ocean that they started writing songs together.
After trading song idea tapes across the Atlantic, Linda played some of the resulting songs for a London producer who invited them to record at the BBC. The sisters then took the recordings back to Chicago and started their first band. To support the new band, Linda played piano for theatre companies while Laura begrudgingly returned to her once hated part-time job: modeling. She hit the runways of Paris for a few seasons, made enough money to buy some recording equipment, and the girls became demo-ing maniacs. A few years and stylistic changes later, the Twigs were born, using a hated high-school nickname combined with sisterly musical spunk.
After hitting the college coffeehouse/bar circuit (and after one too many midnight drives home from gigs through blinding Midwestern snowstorms) the sisters felt it was time to head west. California had long held a mysterious grip on them since receiving the Beach Boys “Endless Summer” album for Christmas when they were 10 years old. Their dreams of endless sunshine (and no snow) were finally realized when they moved to the golden state a few years ago. They immediately felt at home in the healthy modern-pop scene in both L.A. and San Francisco, and now use California as a base for their world travels.
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BRING ME THE HEAD OF ETERNITY (Whirl-i-gig Records) was the Twigs’ critically acclaimed indie debut. After recording BMTHOE mostly at home in Chicago in their 16-track studio (with Linda and Laura doing most of the engineering and producing), the Twigs ran into producer and fellow Chicagoan Johnny K, who heard some of their demos in progress and had just finished producing metal rockers Disturbed. What did a platinum-selling heavy metal producer have in common with two piano-playing, acoustic guitar-strumming singer/songwriters? The Beatles. After discovering their mutual love of Lennon/McCartney songwriting and vintage Brit-pop bands, Johnny K proclaimed he had found his “female Beatle babes” and offered to produce The Twigs’ second record, THE UNIVERSE TONIGHT. Sound designer Bryan Rheude was added to the eclectic mix, and the end result combines artfully designed acoustic and electronic samples with Laura and Linda’s trademark spine-tingling harmonies. Songs such as “Lucky” have already captivated the ears of audiences and radio alike (KCRW, Q101). “The world is turning but I’m standing still, spinning faster than a chariot wheel,” they sing in the 21st-century love rocker “It’s Alright.” The album features provocative lyrics combined with pure pop melodies in tight 3-4 minute songs.