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Twinkie
Twinkie
Avebury Records
www.twinkos.org.uk


I'll get the obvious and overstated out of the way posthaste: for brief moments, Twinkie sound like Sonic Youth and the Pixies. Many have already made note of this, so I won't beat a dead horse. I'll add my own to the mix in that there are a couple of songs that sound like they could've come off of Babes 'n Toyland's To Mother EP. The rest is a lot of experimental indie-punk that often seems like a wandering and aimless stream-of-consciousness exploration of punk soundscapes and methods that occasionally end abruptly. Sometimes, the music restarts as a foray into coherence and then slowly diverges. Apparently, this album is a compilation of material from prior EP releases extending back nearly a decade which could explain the stylistic inconsistencies from track to track. But for the last two songs of the album, everything changes and Twinkie becomes what sounds like a different band entirely, where the entire songs are tight, polished, radio-play tracks devoid of the prior experimental meandering. They were certainly the easiest to listen to, but the other songs also contain quite a few moments of inspiration. However, one must wade through a fair bit of screwing around to get to those. This is not unexpected, being par for the course where most experimental or ambient noise music is concerned.

If the last two tracks are new material, and encompass a new philosophy to making music on the part of Twinkie, then I eagerly await their next album. "guess the weight of my wife the horse" is an easy-flowing and contiguous song that uses the learned elements of prior experimentation, yet seamlessly integrates them into a poppy rock song. The dual male/female vocals complement the instrumentals quite well. This is a band that could be on the verge of increasing its popularity with a catalog of experience that, while not appealing to a lot of listeners, will certainly serve them as a well of artistic resource to draw from when creating material with wider appeal.

-JD

Track Listing:
1. hi lo medium
2. mr pierre
3. mondomingo
4. on the verge of a moral collapse
5. to do is to be to be is to do
6. this is your enemy taking over the world
7. crime
8. our man D.A.V.E.
9. dick cave
10. 3743
11. aardvark barracuda columbian
12. chaff the queen
13. guess the weight of my wife the horse
14. tk-1


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