By Zach Moon
CALGARY – Not to be confused with the newly revived TV show where people talk to logs, or the emerging Chicago garage rock outfit, Twin Peaks are a pair of ukulele sporting, joke slinging, harmony nailing songwriters. Hailing from Fort St. John, B.C, the band members are best friends, road tripping partners, and semi-permanent roommates.
You might have encountered Lindsay Pratt and Naomi Shore blending their seriously haunting harmonies on one of the many summer festival stages across Canada. You might have also caught their hilarious acceptance speech on stage at The 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards, where their debut album Trouble (2015) won best album by a Roots Duo/Group.
Have a listen to a few of the pairs smartly written songs, and you’ll quickly understand their appeal. The melodies are simple and catchy, slipping breezily into your mind. The unforgettable combination of their interwoven sweet and high voices alongside the sweet strum of a ukulele make sure the songs won’t be leaving your head anytime soon. Their smart songs about relationships, travelling, love, and the general hilarity of life are soothing and catchy, but emotionally complex.
Like many folk acts, Twin Peaks have been earning their keep the hard way, cruising this expansive country of Canada for lengthy periods of time. The pair tells BeatRoute that they have been “taking their fun on the road” for the last six years. The life of a roving minstrel may appear appealing to the average fan, but as any road weary musician will tell you, the life is not a glamourous one. The one thing about scooting back and forth across the country that many times is you’ll likely learn a few tricks that are necessary and essential to your very survival.
“We basically live in a rental car and have a sponsorship with Driving Force,” explains Shore, somewhat jokingly.
“The rental car is waiting for us in Vancouver, and we’re taking the train back there from Toronto to begin the western portion of our tour and first ever U.S. gig in Seattle.”
The pair has managed to maintain their sense of humour about the grind of the whole thing.
“You know, if anyone in Alberta has $15000 dollars lying around and wants to invest in a constantly emerging roots duo we’ll talk you up and put that money to good use!” jokes Pratt, the band’s self-proclaimed public relations expert.
All joking aside, attending a Twin Peaks performance can have a person running the entire gamut of emotions. With heartstring tuggers such as ”For the Dogs,” to the tongue-in-cheek “Second Hand Boyfriend,” Twin Peaks’ arsenal of songs can, and will, take you in many different directions.
Twin Peaks perform June 14 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge (Lethbridge), June 16 at the Rotary Performing Arts Centre (Okotoks), June 20 at the Ironwood Stage and Grill (Calgary), June 22 at the Fat Badger (Regina), and June 24 at the Capitol (Saskatoon).estern Canadian Music Awards, Roots, TROUBLE, Twin Peaks