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First Light

thetwoks on January 27, 2014 09:35

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    “I’m ready to move”, sings electric violinist/vocalist, Xani Kolac on the new single, First Light from violin/drums duo, The Twoks, set for independent release on March 7th, 2014.

    It’s the theme for 2014 as Xani and drummer, Mark Leahy are raising the bar after three years of building up to this very moment.

    From the early days of performing all-instrumental, epic soundscapes at Arts, Jazz and Fringe festivals to booking their own season of shows at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and getting four star reviews, The Twoks have gone from fringe artists to festival favourites having already played St Kilda Festival, DARK FOMO (Tas), Wave Rock Weekender (WA), Woodford Folk Festival (QLD) and Port Fairy Folk Festival. All this from two fiercely independent musicians.

    “The Twoks has always been about evolution,” says Xani and First Light is a leap in this direction as it marks the first collaboration with acclaimed Sydney producer, Tony Buchen (The Preatures, Andy Bull). Putting their trust in Tony’s production experience and creativity, The Twoks are proud to call this single their best yet.

    Letting a producer in says a lot about a bands’ willingness to let go. “Tony did more than craft a song, he shaped a sound. And in so doing, he inspired Mark and I to stand up and say, ‘This is who we are right now!’”.

    When asked to define their genre, The Twoks have no answer, “How do you categorise a duo consisting of electric violin and drums who play dance music without laptop or synthesisers? What we can tell you is that while working with Tony, out came our love for artists like Kate Bush, Robyn, Phoenix, Daft Punk, Prince and St. Vincent - influences previously left out when describing our music. And yet, these sounds had been there all along, waiting in the dark. So we had to draw a line in the sand: we make music that makes you feel good. Not sad.”

    Arriving at this point and arriving together, Xani and Mark made a song to mark a new beginning. A new way to move and move at the same time.

    The Twoks are usually a fiery mix of opposites. Xani is the predominant songwriter and trained violinist who did her time in classical violin and studied jazz at university at the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts. “I have played the violin my whole life and I have always been an explorer - looking for new sounds, new styles and trying to imitate those sounds on a violin. I’m the type of violinist who left the classical world behind - I didn’t want to play what was written on the page I wanted to invent what I would play.” Mark is the antidote to Xani’s self-confessed highly strung-ness - untrained and relaxed but behind the drums and in the presence of a looping violin, unrelenting and powerful.

    This summer, The Twoks are warming up for a year that will outshine the rest. This the moment they’ve been working up to since those early days of learning to play together. Owning their unconventional line-up and happy disposition, this is the year to get excited about The Twoks. They’re ready to move.

    First Light will be released on iTunes and Bandcamp on February 26th, 2014 and on Bandcamp on February 15th, 2014 accompanied by a string of shows around the country.

    "Like Haim on a violin." (Dom Alessio, Triple j's Home & Hosed)

    TOUR DATES

    Feb 19
    “Love Me”
    The Basement, Sydney

    Feb 21
    Sooki Lounge, Belgrave

    Feb 28
    Enlighten Festival, Canberra

    Mar 5
    Queen Victoria Night Markets, Melbourne

    Mar 7-10
    Port Fairy Folk Festival

    Mar 14
    Howl The Moon, Adelaide Fringe Festival

    Mar 29, Apr 5, Apr 12, Apr 19
    “Mark After Dark: Series I”
    Bella Union Trades Hall, 11pm-3am
    Melbourne International Comedy Festival

    Credits:
    Produced, recorded and mixed by Tony Buchen
    Assisted by Antonia Gauci & Dan Frizza
    Recorded at 301 Studios, Sydney

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