Twin Shadow is the latest act to record for the 4AD Sessions series. Filmed at Teddington Studios at the back end of 2010, the sessions airs ahead of the band’s debut European tour and gives fans a real insight into the band’s live set up following the release of debut album, Forget, last year.
While Twin Shadow has long been seen as the work of lead singer George Lewis Jr., the four session tracks show a tightly wound and musically astute four piece, effortlessly playing off one another. ‘Slow’ and future single, ‘Castles In The Snow’, both highlight the urgency that drives their live performances, while the version of ‘Forget’ pushes George’s guitar playing to the fore, revealing an epic, almost stadium-like quality of the band not necessarily evident on record. More importantly, the session confirms that Twin Shadow are a formidable live proposition, leaning on classic rock and new wave signifiers, but able to channel their own unique charm and allure.
The four track session is available to stream in its entirety on the 4AD Session site here.
1. 'Castles In The Snow'
2. 'At My Heels'
Twin Shadow have recently confirmed a series of tour dates, taking in shows on both sides of the Atlantic. Gigs in America in January are followed by the band's first UK tour, culminating in an NME Awards show with Warpaint at the Shepherd's Bush Empire. Following this, the band travel across the US in support of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. A full list of dates below.
11th Jan - La Sala Rossa, Montreal
12th Jan - The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto
14th Jan - Schubas, Chicago
15th Jan - Motr Pub, Cincinnati
16th Jan - Grog Shop, Cleveland
25th Jan - The Lexington, London
26th Jan - Deaf Institute, Manchester
27th Jan - Captain's Rest, Glasgow
28th Jan - The Cluny, Newcastle
29th Jan - Cockpit, Leeds
2nd Feb - La Carene, Brest
4th Feb - Nouveau Casino, Paris
5th Feb - Merleyn, Nijmegen
6th Feb - Molotow, Hamburg
8th Feb - Studio 672, Cologne
10th Feb -Comet Club, Berlin
11th Feb - Feierwerk/Kranhalle, Munich
12th Feb - Badeschiff, Vienna
14th Feb - Plaza, Zurich
15th Feb - Paradiso Kleine Zaal, Amsterdam
16th Feb - AB, Brussels
17th Feb - Audio, Brighton
18th Feb - Cooler, Bristol
19th Feb - Crawdaddy, Dublin
21st Feb - Shepherds Bush Empire, London
1st Apr - Black Cat, Washington
2nd Apr - Cat's Cradle, Carrboro
4th Apr - 40 Watt Club, Athens
5th Apr - The Earl, Atlanta
6th Apr - Bottletree Cafe, Birmingham
7th Apr - One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans
8th Apr - Fitzgerald's, Houston
9th Apr - Emo's, Austin
12th Apr - VFW, Santa Fe
18th Apr - The Cellar Door, Visalia
19th Apr - Great American Music Hall, San Francisco
20th Apr - Doug Fir Lounge, Portland
22nd Apr - The Crocodile, Seattle
25th Apr - Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis
26th Apr - Turner Hall, Milwaukee
27th Apr - Lincoln Hall, Chicago
28th Apr - Lincoln Hall, Chicago
29th Apr - Rhino's, Bloomington
30th Apr - The Basement, Columbus
2nd May - Daniel Street, Milford
3rd May - Paradise Rock Club, Boston
6th May - Webster Hall, New York
11th May - Scala, London
27th May - Primavera, Barcelona
Forget is out now on CD, LP and download.