New Music: Team Tremolo – Intruder

Before moving to Iowa City, my good friend William Erickson asked me to play bass in a new alternative-stoner-shoegaze band called Team Tremolo. Although the project originally began as Will’s bedroom recording project, he formed a band to expand the songs and to perform live. Before moving, I played a few shows with them and helped write/arrange the band’s first five or six songs. A few of the songs I wrote were recorded by the current members of Team Tremolo last spring for their first EP. The culmination of these efforts, “Intruder,” is now available to download via Air House Records and available on cassette via This Ain’t Heaven Recording.

I’m really proud of Will’s work on this album. It’s one of my favorite pieces of music released in Wichita, and I’m thankful to have been a part of the songwriting process for “Slipping the Noose” and “Worship You.” I’m also extremely thankful that Team Tremolo’s current bass player Caleb Drummond honored my parts and performed them so well on the recordings.

“No One Wants To Live Here Now” by Twin Cities


“I can’t wait to get out of Wichita” is a refrain I’ve heard a lot throughout my life. A lot of people I know blame Wichita for their problems. They thought life would finally start going perfectly for them if they could only live in a different place.

“No One Wants To Live Here Now” was a song I wrote in response to this thought. It’s one of the three completed songs (with more to come) slated for the next Twin Cities’ release.

Lyrics:
Everybody’s skippin’ town
heading someplace better
this place has always held them down
so they’re leaving forever
to build a home out on the coast
New York or California
to get away from all they’ve known
this place they’ve grown so bored of

cause everything
is always happening
someplace else

do you really think
packing up your things
will change anything

No one wants to live here now
and who can really blame ’em?
They’ve done nothing with their life somehow
Must be the city that they came from
Its old-fashioned way of doing things
is stopping them from living
the perfect life they always dreamed
they someday would be given

cause everything
is always happening
someplace else
and when they leave
they’ll become so
so interesting

do you really think
packing up your things
will change anything

New Music: Twin Cities – Missing Out On Nothing

 

Twin Cities is releasing our first full length LP Missing Out On Nothing. The songs were written over the course of five years and recorded in two marathon 12 hour sessions by myself, Will Erickson, and Caleb Drummond.

The album explores the themes of loss and aging existentially, ultimately expressing the concern that “I’m afraid I’m missing out on everything. I’m afraid I’m missing out on nothing.” This dichotomy (most clearly apparent in “Graduation,” the album’s title track) appears repeatedly through the lens of loves lost, unrequited, and impossible because of time.

“Everything Made Sense With You Around” by Twin Cities

This is a new song entitled “Everything Made Sense With You Around.” I wrote it 2 or 3 years ago during the most stressful moment of finals week. My guitar is my best friend during stressful times, and I often turn to songwriting during panic attacks. This was one of those instances. Will and I are hoping to release this song soon, but more details will be announced at a later time.

Twin Cities currently is giving our music away for free at twincitiesmusic.bandcamp.com. If you like what you hear, we’d love for you to download more!

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