With 12 years of relentless touring behind them, Vermont-based rock band Twiddle has built an impressive resume spanning Red Rocks to Bonnaroo, and multiple sellouts of historic rock venues including Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre, and Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club. And with the second half of the band’s third studio album, PLUMP, on the horizon, the band’s career continues to catapult forward. Buoyed by the generous support of 359 Kickstarter donors, the 27-song album does more than showcase the group’s beautiful music, but also tells an
important story, comprised in PLUMP Chapters 1 & 2.
Recorded during a two-year span with legendary producer Ron St. Germain, PLUMP serves as a reflection of four brothers’ triumphs and struggles, both individual and as a whole. On Chapter 1, songs like “Lost in the Cold” and “Every Soul” detail what it’s like to hit rock bottom and how to rise back up.
“So many fans have shared how these songs carried them through very difficult times, and that alone makes this all worth it,” said Brook Jordan, Twiddle’s percussionist and vocalist.
Comparatively, Chapter 2 contains genre-bending instrumentals, as well as mystifying epics like “Nicodemus Portulay” and “Orlando’s.” More than ten years later, these songs mirror the earliest Twiddle arrangements of 2004-2005 when Mihali Savoulidis and Ryan Dempsey were collaborating in their freshmen dorms at Castleton State College. The completion of PLUMP is timely, coming at a moment when the band’s fervent fan base is at an all-time high and expanding rapidly.
In the live setting, more and more people are invigorated by Twiddle’s community, promoting positivity and the band’s skillful improvisational music. So many like-minded people believe in the greater good, and they find that good in Twiddle.
Twiddle is comprised of Zdenek Gubb on bass and vocals, Ryan Dempsey on keyboards and vocals, Mihali Savoulidis on guitar and lead vocals, and Brook Jordan on percussion and vocals.
A more detailed biography of each band member, along with upcoming tour dates and updates,
can be found at TwiddleMusic.com.
2007 manifested Twiddle’s debut release, The Natural Evolution of Consciousness. This breakout album showcased the band’s eclectic inspirations, imaginative lyrical abilities, and
superb instrumentation. Twiddle’s sophomore production, Somewhere on the Mountain (2011), delves into the human spirit, speaking to our ambition, grief, and love. Live at Nectar’s (2014), is a double disc live album recorded in August of 2013 at Burlington, Vermont’s Nectar’s. Live at Nectar’s truly captures Twiddle in its element, the live experience.
Born of a life-long friendship rooted in music, paired with an endless appetite for elevating and evolving their craft, Buffalo-bred four-piece rock group Aqueous has definitively carved out their place on the national music scene over the past decade. Following several critically acclaimed full-length studio albums, EP’s, and live releases, high profile performances at music festivals like Electric Forest, The Peach Music Festival, and Summer Camp Music Festival, as well as favorable press from Billboard, Huffington Post, and Guitar Player Magazine, the band finds themselves selling out headlining shows all over the United States.
With virtuosic abilities on their instruments, reigned in to instead favor melody, groove, vocal performance, and most importantly, songwriting, the band (comprised of guitarist/vocalist Mike Gantzer, multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Dave Loss, bassist Evan McPhaden, and drummer/vocalist Rob Houk) are a joyful musical tour-de-force to be experienced. Straddling the line between all out rock and roll, pop-laden melodies and hooks, hip-hop inspired grooves and massive, anthemic choruses, Aqueous's sound is explosive, fresh, and undeniably their own. Citing influences as wide ranging as Steely Dan to Tame Impala, Queens of The Stone Age to Kendrick Lamar, the band’s sound is a nod to their open-minded approach as songwriters and musicians.
With a damn-near psychic level of on-stage communication and improvisation, a mesmerizing light show, and a constantly rotating setlist, Aqueous’s live performances shine brightly, a tasteful and engaging eruption of energy and musicality ever on display. Their rapidly growing fan-base (appropriately self-proclaimed “AQuaintances”) find themselves following the band from city to city, hungry for more of what the band is serving up every night. With a ferocious tour schedule, it’s likely that you can catch Aqueous in a city near you sooner than later.