The Twistettes – debut album ‘Jilt The Jive’ review by Stephen Watt
Jilt The Jive
This ten-track vortex thrashes you around like a sea of hungry sharks …
There is a bloodthirsty magnetism seeping from Scottish riot grrrl, punk outfit The Twistettes throughout their debut album ‘Jilt The Jive’. The agitated drums and rinsed bass-scuzz sound chimes from the altars of several late 1970’s/early 1980’s post-punk outfits, promising to respect their masters but also be equally effective in spearheading a new wave of malcontent rebels with something to say.
Lead vocalist and bassist Jo D’Arc is a tempestuous banshee demanding her audience takes heed, whilst Nicky D’Arc sits behind her creating a wall of pandemonium from a bruised and battered drum-kit. Strutting through opener “I Think Not”, this is an admonition to Royal Blood and Death From Above 1979 that they will have to raise their game otherwise fans of these bands can be expected to be hand-picked for their own intents and purposes.
Using spiky howling and a cavern of sonic delectation, the record frantically spits out two-minute punk gems like seeds from Cleopatra grapes into the watering eyes of former spouses. Love, or lust, pumps through the veins on several tracks including the crepuscular “Lamppost Light” and “Unrest Undressed”, but there are occasional glimpses of fragility which emerge in the cracks of lyrics such as “Broken Angels”. Lead Jo D’Arc’s assertive delivery banishes any deliberations that The Twistettes could ever be considered a soft touch in a predominately masculine genre, and it is lead single “Suck It Fake It” which heralds the real baptism of their arrival on the scene. Quasi-childish rhymes emerge in a sleazy demeanour befitting of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O, and a baleful riff which makes this the best 123 seconds of the album. Adolescents, who forty years ago cherished The Undertones’ Teenage Kicks, should lap up ‘Suck It Fake It’ and its carnal nuances. Not that this record solely resorts to libidinous pleasures either; the political-vociferation of “Insignificant” spurs politicians to speak on behalf of society in a heartfelt plea which culminates in a repetitive lead and backing vocal towards the end of the track once the music has been stripped away.
This ten-track vortex thrashes you around like a sea of hungry sharks until you find yourself in the eye of the storm, clinging to the remnants of a shattered boat, aroused by the thrill of what just happened. ‘Jilt The Jive’ refuses to be a domesticated creature and judging by the size of their fins, it looks like bigger boats are going to be needed if The Twistettes have anything to say about it.
Stephen Watt, 9 April, 2016.
The Twistettes Album Launch Party
Nice ‘n’ Sleazy
23 April, 2016 7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
The Twistettes would like to invite you to their launch party alongside The Girobabies to celebrate the release of ‘Jilt the Jive’. They have just created one of the best albums of 2016 and probably the best punk rock record of the last decade. The Two sisters (Jo and Nicky) have been rocking crowds up and down the country the last couple of years from the Barrowlands to London Town and have finally hit the studio with Sun Dogs Production and created a masterpiece.
Support comes from baffling grunge utopia seekers The Girobabies (http://facebook.com/
The Afterparty will be a Yellow Movement Club night with thewisegoldfish, DJ 5ive (Colonel Mustard) and some very, very special guests.
421 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3LG
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