Written by: Victoria Wasylak
Music Editor, Boston — Vanyaland
The old tale goes something like this: two quasi-siblings make a ritual of raising mischief in leather ’n’ lace, tangoing into the night, accruing an underground following called the 2Crew. With a home like “neo-puritanical” Boston, that kind of schtick just can’t go unnoticed.
Formed in 2010, the pairing of Jeremiah John Louf and Nicole Coogan have meticulously chosen their sources of chaos - namely, the unwavering intensity and groove of longtime drummer Ryan Manning, plus the booming force of a horn section, courtesy of Eric Ortiz and Aitan Ben-Joseph.
To date, The Devil’s Twins have released three stormy, rock ’n’ roll noir LPs: their 2012 debut Handsome Devils, 2013’s Old Fashioned Mischief, and the 2015 riot Consequences, along with the American Noir Vol. 1 EP and a handful of slick singles in the years in between. 2019’s notable release “Love Vigilante” brings forth the full flavor of their smoky presence with a classic tale of hit-and-run romance.
Boston, to its often-uptight credit, has not only taken heed of their fashionable ruckus, but welcomed it. Since their debut, the group has garnered 11 Boston Music Awards nominations (and two wins), broken down genre barriers with Boston hip-hop giant Slaine on “Satan Stone,” and advanced to the final round of the Rock and Roll Rumble in 2016, the city’s most storied live rock competition.
Clawing their way into the new decade, their craft continues to age like a soon-to-be perfect barrel of brandy. Prior to quarantine, early 2020 saw the band share the stage with Local H and Soul Asylum, a feat to tack onto their track record of killer bills (which include Slash, The Misfits, The Addicts, Barrence Whitfield & the Savages, and July Talk, to name a few). Their next body of work, set to be released as singles throughout the upcoming year, heralds a heavier and triumphant age for The Devil's Twins.
Blending cool “feels-good-to-be-bad” tones with re-recorded old favorites, it’s in 2021 that The Devil’s Twins are poised to make their national debut.
And with a wink of bluesy charm, their new era will be upon us later this month when their new single “Bad Karma” drops on October 30.
That’s exactly the beauty of The Devil’s Twins: they’re one Massachusetts urban legend that’s still being written.