Sunday, January 16, 2011

Live Review - The Twees @ Studio @ Webster Hall

The Twees EP Release Party at Studio at Webster Hall 1/12/11
By: Leah Marchesano*

Getting into the city last night was a miracle to say the least. I woke up to a foot of snow mad the snowy trek into Manhattan. Why did I go through all that trouble? The Twees were having their EP release show at The Studio at Webster Hall. Needless to say, I was going to the show no matter what. The lineup of bands was very eclectic. First up, Jeff Jacobs, acoustic driven pop music. I feel like he wasn't the best opener for the night. He was very mellow, quiet. I found myself more looking at my watch rather then watching him play. Next up, Eytan and the Embassy. They were better, more upbeat, more energy, probably the only band I've ever seen to play The Studio who had a sax player in the band. If I was a couple years younger I would have enjoyed them more, I didn't really connect with their music. It just went in one ear and out the other, fun for the moment but that's it. Poofy and The Busboys were next and with a name like that I didn't know what to expect. Their myspace page labels them as 'Alternative/Hip-Hop' and I guess that is the best way to explain them. They did have the crowd going and even though I wasn't into their music I think they were something entertaining to watch. The next band to take the stage was Jangula. I can't even begin to describe how much I loved them. They were incredible. Their songs were super catchy and they got you moving. I didn't hear their music until that night and I was really blown away, I would definitely see them again. If it seemed like I was rushing through those first bands, it's because I was. Now for the main event, The Twees. If you never seen The Twees play before, you are seriously missing out. From the first song to the last song, they have you dancing. Their songs are as catchy as ever. One of those bands where you wished you knew all of the lyrics to each and every single song. If you didn't, it would make no difference. You instantly fall in love with them, it doesn't matter if you've seen them once or one hundred times, you hear them and you like what you hear. They are one of the most energetic live bands you can see. At one point they had the stage filled with kids from the audience, including me, which say's a lot because I don't dance on stage for just anybody. As I said, it was The Twees' EP release show. Their EP, 'These Girls', is a must hear. A 5 song disc of pure delight, each song more fun then the last. I listened to it on the way home and immediately wished to be transported back to The Studio to see them again. Yes, they left me wanting more. Waking up this morning was very bittersweet. How am I supposed to get through my day normally when all I want to do is go to another Twees show? For now 'These Girls' will suffice, but I am counting down the days until I can see The Twees blow me away yet again.

*Leah Marchesano is a contributing writer to Officially A Yuppie. She also manages New York City rockers, The Royal Chains.