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Review: Twin Peaks at Blind Pig in Ann Arbor

Twin Peaks

by Angela Brooks

If you ever have the chance to see Twin Peaks perform live, I have one word for you: GO!

Fresh off their European tour with Cage the Elephant, the lead singer Cadien Lake starts the evening by telling us how glad he is to be back in states, but then follows that with a “Fuck Trump.” Appropriate.

They opened the night with a single from their latest LP Down in Heaven, and it doesn’t take long for the head banging to start. The crowd shouts every lyric back at the band just as loud as the band themselves. The audience was of all ages, proving that you are never too old for some good garage rock n roll, and Twin Peaks always deliver.

Of course Twin Peaks played their biggest bop, “Making Breakfast” (currently clocking in 2,933,877 listens on Spotify), which features plenty of screams from the crowd. Every dude in the band, besides the drummer Connor Brodner, take a turn showing off their singing chops – a pretty rare sight these days. Each song features a different member singing the lead vocals, depending on who wrote it. They got a little country with the track, “Getting Better”, even though it’s not really their thing, they make the genre their own.

These dudes jam so hard live, it’s impossible to fight the urge to stage dive. Covering the best songs from all three albums, their set was a continuous loop of shredding, and crowd surfing. Many of the songs off the newest album are love songs, but they’re still tender with sick guitar solos. I’m so grateful these Chicago boys love the Midwest; it means I won’t have to travel very far to see them again.

Set list:
Butterfly
Stand in the Sand
Boomers
Telephone
Holding Roses
Flavor
Walk to the One You Love
Getting Better
Keep It Together
Making Breakfast
Stain
Have You Ever?
Wanted You
Strawberry Smoothie

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