July 29, 2011
Twin Shadow was one of the biggest surprises for me at this year’s Pitchfork Festival. It took a few listens for me to warm up to the synth-pop band’s debut album, Forget, but I was immediately captivated by their exuberant, albeit short performance. In contrast with earlier performers Cold Cave’s dark, grandiose take on 80’s-era new wave, Twin Shadow’s tunes are clean, effervescent and extraordinary poppy, and even more-so live. You could easily see refreshing pop songs like “Slow” and “I Can’t Wait” soundtracking 16 Candles or The Breakfast Club (or really any John Hughes-directed 80’s film). Frontman George Lewis Jr. was extremely fun to watch, whether he was passionately singing or shredding on guitar, his performance was never short of magnetic. After their dynamic, head-bopping set, I’m hoping to catch them again soon.
Follow the jump for more Twin Shadow pictures. Click here to see the full set.