Much like their name might suggest, TWICEYOUNG are a dichotomy – a potent blend of juxtaposing aesthetics, connected by a singular numbing nostalgia that breath a new light on soaring indie pop. With a flagrant nod to their emphatic punk influences, the Nashville three-piece combine hopeful and heartfelt lyrics with the electronica stylings of contemporary pop artists like James Blake and Sucre to create an honest and unique sound all their own.
Bunkered down in a studio in the fall of 2012, Tyler Laspopoulos (vocals, guitar) and Zac Myers (drums), began writing and piecing together what would eight months later become TWICEYOUNG’s debut EP, Little Mind Alike. The band were soon joined by third band member and missing link, Seth Lourdon (bass), who quickly became an integral part to the writing process soon after they entered the studio. The band released their EP Little Mind Alike last spring, made the move to Nashville, TN and are ready to return with their next musical installment, Prefer You, later this year.
Mixed by Chad Howat of Paper Route and produced by Kyle Rictor, Prefer You is a stunning achievement for the band, showcasing their shift into a mature phase of songwriting with thoughtfully penned narratives teamed with experimental instrumentation. Heartbreakingly distant yet strangely comforting, the band lead with the ethereal single, “Uncover,” an introspective track that builds to an anthemic chorus bleeding with heavy bass and synth, a fitting introduction to their new found sound. “This was one of the first songs written for the new EP and it definitely influenced the tone for the rest of the record,” muses Tyler Laspopolous. “Uncover is a combination of other songs and ideas written over the past few years that came together perfectly to form one.”
From the glittering and hopeful, “Night Drive,” and the 80’s-tinged, “Stay the Same,” through to the sombre and atmospheric, “Not So Young,” Prefer You is staggeringly honest journey that idles between the heartbreakingly distant and the strangely familiar. At the core of the EP and tying each song together are the soaring string arrangements on songs like, “Datev,” arranged by Jeremy Larson (Eisley, Kye Kye, Paper Route, Sucre), adding an ever present sense of hopefulness to the release.
“Unlike our first EP, which focuses on very different and specific stories and moments, each song on this new record spills into the next,” mentions Laspopolous of the new release. “It’s up front and it’s personal – stories you feel a part of.” TWICEYOUNG have bared their soul on Prefer You, and we’re glad they have.