Twin Peaks wins back hearts on The Mohawk’s outdoor stage


Back in March, Twin Peaks won the hearts of many Austinites with an impressive nine shows during SXSW. They came through Austin again in June for a set at the Red 7; most recently the boys played a sold out show at the Mohawk’s outdoor stage on Sept. 18 for their tour with Swmrs and Wavves.

Hailing from Chicago, the band consists of vocalist/guitarist Cadien James, vocalist/guitarist Clay Frankel, bassist/vocalist Jack Dolan, drummer Connor Brodner and keyboardist Colin Croom.

After an insanely energetic set from Swmrs that involved constant moshing, occasional falling and a mass of sweaty bodies, to say the crowd was exhausted would be an understatement. There is a type of adrenaline that only being at a concert can offer, and it’s that adrenaline that kept the crowd going during the duration of Twin Peaks’ set.

For a band who is quickly climbing the ranks of the music scene, the dudes of Twin Peaks still play their shows with the same eager intensity as bands who are just starting out. You could attribute this in part to the fact that being in their very early twenties, the band is still drinking from the fountain of youth; but it’s mostly because the dudes genuinely love what they do—and it shows in their performances.

The boys opened with “Stand in the Sand” from their debut album “Sunken” and the crowd immediately responded with bouncing enthusiasm that never faltered throughout the whole set. Crowd favorites were played, including “Good Lovin,” “I found A New Way” and the anthem for every avid Twin Peaks fan, “Making Breakfast.”

For the people in the front rows, the most intense moment of Twin Peaks’ performance was probably during “Fade Away.” The song is written and sung by bassist Jack Dolan, and its fast-paced punk influences never fail to get the crowd going. Toes were stepped on, personal space was nonexistent and makeup was smeared. But it was all in good, sweaty fun.

All too soon Cadien James tore into “Strawberry Smoothie,” which is the song the band almost always closes with. The crowd let loose one last time while James manically spun his head around in a fashion that should not be possible for human beings, and with the throwing of guitar picks and set lists, the show was over.

If anyone in the crowd wasn’t a Twin Peaks fan prior to the show, they left the Mohawk in awe of the wild garage-rock tornado that is Twin Peaks. For those of us who were already fans, we left wondering when the dudes would roll through town again.