The first time the members of Hinds and Twin Peaks met, according to Hinds bassist Ade Martin, with whom I spoke over the phone a couple of weeks ago, was in 2015 at SxSW. It was quite a trek for Martin and her Madrid-based bandmates. For Twin Peaks, on the other hand, the Chicago to Austin journey was relatively easy.
At the time, Hinds were coming off of their budding success as Deers, having just changed their name to the former because of a potential lawsuit from Canadian band the Dears. Twin Peaks, meanwhile, were enjoying buzz from their second studio album, “Wild Onion.”
Little did they all know their worlds would converge, dovetailing into the ongoing party that follows as they tour the world together, trading off the headlining spot each night.
Twin Peaks guitarist and vocalist Cadien Lake James, aka Big Tuna, put it to me this way over the phone last month: “I’m curious how long the intense partying will last. We’re maybe bad influences on each other, but we’re so happy to be around each other.”
And that’s something that seems to define both of these bands: happiness. The energy they bring to their albums and to their live shows is refreshing and unmatched. Scroll through either band’s social media and it’s clear they find fun in any and all circumstances. That lack of pretentiousness -- not to mention their hooky garage-pop sensibilities -- is what attracts so many fans to them and why this tour partnership makes total sense.
So why are they touring right now? Neither band has anything pressing to promote, as it’s been a year since Twin Peaks or Hinds released a new album -- "Down in Heaven" and "Leave Me Alone," respectively.
Nonetheless, according to Martin, “It’s cool to do this just for fun.”
Fun. Now that’s a word that rarely gets bandied about the music industry these days. Let’s hope it makes a comeback, and let’s hope that James, Martin and their bandmates all lead the charge.
Soda Bar presents Twin Peaks co-headlining the Irenic with Hinds on Thursday, April 20. The Gloomies will open. The show starts at 6:30 p.m., so get there early -- if tickets are still available, that is. For some extra fun, hang out with the bands and me beforehand.
Rutger Rosenborg was almost a Stanford neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. He now plays in the Lulls and makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.