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Tweak Bird – Undercover Crops

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Teachers, especially English teachers, often tell their students to follow a rule called “KISS” considering their output, meaning “Keep It Short And Simple”. Tweak Bird are taking this attitude to heart, releasing a short and tight, bluesy and stony EP called Undercover Crops, on which songs with more than 3 minutes playtime already constitute rock operas by their standards.

However, electronics also have entered the Illinois duet’s repertory, even if it’s only for the intro track, telling us that indeed “everyone is paranoid”. What follows is the well known Tweak Bird sound; maybe a bit less dirty than on the self-titled predecessor. The second track People could and will easily be taken for one of the songs on the 2010 release.

For the rest, the two brothers just did a solid “KISS”-EP, recording things just the way they’ve been used to record their view of rock’n’roll, mixed with maybe a bit more melodic parts compared to the early releases, but still maintaining the good old head bang moments.

Undercover Crops is a 15 minute KISS, with nothing new to discover, but absolutely suitable for a rock’n’roll appetiser. If you want to know more about the typical Tweak Bird sound in detail, just have a listen, or have a look at an earlier review here.
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Tweak Bird – Tweak Bird

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As you may have noticed I’m in a mood for simple rock music these days. Well then let’s have a look at another band which doesn’t need complex arrangements or five different instruments to knock me out of my socks.

Dirty guitar, aggressive drumming, The Future’s coming, that’s how Tweak Bird’s second and self titled album welcomes you. Two very feminine voices will lead you through the coming 27 minutes and 16 seconds. Shock moment: when you google the very feminine voices you’ll find two very bearded men, one on guitar, one on drums. So again, we’re talking about a two-man-band here. And again, no lack of energy! Round Trippin’ is a 1:12 minutes shorty which may cause massive brain damage. It is followed by A Sun / Ahh Ahh , the album’s first single. This track pretty much sums up the sound of these two fellows: distorted rock’n’roll with a Red Indian touch, due to the singing, including a psychedelic and 70s touch. Did he write Red Indian? Yep! If I had to draw a picture about how this sounds, it would look like the CD’s cover.

Beyond increases the pace again and so we’re already half trough. The second half starts with two powerful but melodious tomahawks before Flyin’ High offers us the peace pipe, filled with dubious substances. The get-out dance is called Distant Airways, very dark, very dry, you’re alone in the desert again, have fun with the coyotes!

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Recommendations: The Future, A Sun / Ahh Ahh, Beyond.