Durham-based Twister first hit my radar as the band to kick off proceedings at last year’s HRH Awards and their live performance was exciting, fresh, and exhilarating. Now twelve months on they’ve released their debut which expands on their effervescent live sound.

The `Intro’ track builds from a Hammond organ, adding a strong almost tribal drum beat closely followed by acoustic guitar before merging into the full-electric attack of `Save Us Yourself’. Stevie Stoker’s vocal has power but it’s his tone and melodic delivery that hooks you in. Stoker and Jack Grimes’s guitar parts work well together giving a simply immense sound.  `Young & Affected’ may steal part of the chorus from a certain Vega track but this can be forgiven as drama, intricate guitar patterns fight for supremacy with a mighty riff on this wondrous song.

More tasty guitar licks and a pounding bass take center stage for `Natural Survivor’. This track is like the Stereophonics performing metal in that there’s depth to the lyrics and music but the metal edge is added as the cream on top. `Trees’ has fretboard harmonics leaping out everywhere. Sound-wise there’s pop-based goodness blending with that young east coast attitude coming through here.

`Wild & Lonely (Fingers Crossed)’ take on a more modern feel before building into a crashing chorus that hits you straight between the eyes. `Trading Hearts’ takes us on a full-on AOR assault with sugary sweet vocal tones that give way to powerful melodies and harmonies galore.

`Call to Arms’ turns everything up to eleven and guitars scream out (as does stoker!). No wonder this is the first single to be lifted from the album. The sound of `Mystery’ is a stark contrast to the previous track as we see a stripped back affair with acoustic guitar, piano, and drums working with Stoker’s tones in a beautifully light soundscape that is distinctly un-rock!

The indie based `Feeding Frenzy’ has catchy guitar passages and sing-along lyrics that would easily be at home as top 40 fodder whilst `Monroe’ takes a delayed and echoed guitar riff and adds layers of guitar rhythms and add more anthemic vocal tones on top to make this a beast of a track.

`Fist Fight By The Waterside’ is simply spellbinding as twisting rock riffs bounce around driving drum beats and Stoker relays tales of oppressed, angst youth. We end with `64 White Lies’ that pull in fast arpeggios and complex rhythm patterns as more adrenaline-fuelled lyrics scream out with passion and conviction.

Twister may only just be setting out on their musical journey but what they’ve created on their debut is something that many of their older and more experienced peers would be very proud of. There are many influential sounds here from punk through to 60’s psychedelia with tastes of The Alarm, Quo, U2, and even a little Chilli Peppers lurking in there, but one thing is for sure, these guys know how to write killer choruses and turn songs into anthemic masterpieces. If this is their first then it’s going to be an exciting ride as they grow and morph into a monster of a band.

Review: Paul Sabin


Stevie Stoker – Guitar & Vocals
Jake Grimes – Guitar & Backing Vocals
Ryan Lee – Bass & Backing Vocals
Jack Corbett – Drums & Backing Vocals


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