Birmingham’s bad-mouthed and roguish Indie band, The Twang return to their home city for a double trouble Barney Rubble blow out. On the 23rd of December, Christmas came early for The Twang fans as the band performed live at Birmingham’s own O2 Academy after returning from performing in Bristol the night before.
So who the f#ck are The Twang?
Firstly, they don’t only attract a single generation audience from the variety of ages seen on the 23rd; The Twang attract people of all ages and are especially loved by their home city from what was gathered at the concert and the reaction it had. Lovers of sound live Indie music tend to be their captive audience and they also carry a Mod-like quality in their appearance, being also previously described a ‘cartoonish’ and the epitome of just not giving a f#ck but still producing ‘seriously quality music’ from 2007, says 25 year old Chris.
The band started out playing some of their well-known golden oldies like Barney Rubble, Two Lovers and Took the Fun; finally going on to play their new album, ‘Subscription’ that was released on the 24th November of 2017. Playing a variety of songs from well-known albums like ‘Love it when I feel like this’, released in 2007 and ‘Jewellery Quarter’, released in 2009 (supposedly named after Birmingham’s own Jewellery Quarter where the band recorded their debut ‘Wide Awake’). The band threw ‘the best coming home performances by playing the golden oldies’, says 32 year old Dean, which the fans evidently ate up. ‘What I like most about their music is how it relates to just normal people’ says Dan Guy, 28. From what the fans said, there is nothing pretentious about The Twang and they are far from the typical poser band.
What the Fans Said…
Firstly, The Twang are mostly known for their ‘cult following’ says a long time Twang fan, Dan Guy, 28 as he has been attending the bands performances since 2007, returning every year on the 23rd. Over the last 10 years, The Twang have kept their performances mainly the same apart from doing the odd headlines with other popular indie bands like The Cast and The Enemy. Dan told me that the fans ‘appreciate that the gigs now are still exactly the same as when they first entered the scene’ because they have remained true to the beginning of their musical careers.
Their entire image is said to be characterised by Birmingham’s tough and edgy industrial atmosphere, as a 17 year old fan told us that ‘swearing is part of their image’ which was evident in The Twang’s interview with NME and in their transitions between songs in concert, ‘and if people didn’t like it then they could happily f#ck right off’.