February 20, 2016 | By Andy Cusack |
TWINS is a family band, rooted generations deep in the rich history of Iowa music. Brothers Harper and Joel Sires handle the songwriting and vocal duties, along with their cousin Luke Sires on drums. Devin Ferguson — bass guitar and vocals — has been playing with the Sires brothers since he was 16 years old and rounds out this rock & roll quartet’s uniquely American sound.
2016 has seen the release of an EP, Kiss of Life, in preparation for their third full-length LP, Square America, to be released in July 1, 2016. Recorded during a rocky period for the band at Sonic Factory Recording Studio with producer Patrick Tape Fleming, Square America finds the boys stretching out, shaking off expectations and adding some surprising new elements to their rock solid foundation.
With all the swagger, hooks and wild abandon a music fan could ask for, TWINS has stood up to carry the traditions on its shoulders, while steering its music in new directions and away from the indie rock mainstream.
Formed in early 2012, the band has found success appealing to the crate digging, record collecting music fan who feels set adrift by the reverb drenched, cotton ball sound of today’s “Rock and Roll.”
TWINS self released its basement debut Funny Faces in October 2012. Building a small, but loyal fanbase around its brand of high energy, hijinks ready rock & roll — moving up to Iowa powerhouse label Maximum Ames Records in 2014 for the release of their critically praised second LP, Tomboys On Parade.
Named by Iowa Public Radio, among many other publications, as one of 2014’s Top 5 releases in the world, the boys set about hitting the road. Appearing alongside such acts as the Jayhawks, Lydia Loveless, Dr. Dog, Ben Kweller and Paul Collins and at numerous festivals around the country — including River Roots Live, 80/35 & SXSW — TWINS has accepted its mission to SAVE ROCK & ROLL. And it couldn’t come at a better time.
As Daytrotter sums them up:
The Iowa band TWINS — led by the Sires boys Luke, Harper and Joel, along with bassist Devin Ferguson — seem to shotgun a minimum of two tallboys before they do anything. They work up a sweat just thinking about how much damned fun they’re going to try to get themselves into that night and the night after. They think about girls (harmonizing prettily about them, actually) and turning their amplifiers up as loud as they can go, thereby achieving small fractions of epic nights. Some of them are married men and yet, there’s no stopping their boyish thoughts and fantasies about women and rock and roll.
LUKE SIRES: drums, vocals, business
HARPER SIRES: guitar, vocals, pencil art
JOEL SIRES: guitar, vocals, moods
DEVIN FERGUSON: bass, vocals, smile