Twerps – Underlay


After playing Meredith and touring the US for the third time, the Melbourne four-piece lo-fi/pop band Twerps are back with their EP Underlay.

Beginning with a somewhat surf rock vibe to their catchy introduction song “Heavy Hands”, Twerps set up everything you could ever want from this band on their latest release; that Melbourne, brick fence and backyard suburban drawl with flanging guitars lines and melodica sounding key prances.

“Conditional Report” throws a nice spanner in the works with the sweet vocals of Julia McFarlane trailing behind a fun guitar melody line.  Remember that awesome Australian song “Bop Girl” by Pat Wilson that had a young Nicole Kidman in the video clip?  Well, “Conditional Report” gives off that kind of vibe.  Wackadoo!

Another stand out on the album is “Hypocrite” which brings up the mood and is quintessential Twerps; discordant vocals and bouncing compositions.

It’s songs like this that remind us of what we love about Twerps and the current wave of  lo-fi Australian bands that are emerging from our suburbs.  It sounds like a bunch of friends having an awesome time and in a music market saturated in pop stars that think they know everything because they have a Twitter account (Lorde) reality TV show one-hit wonders (that guy who won the first ‘X-Factor’ and told everyone he had nits…..Altiyan Childs?), Twerps brings us relatable situations and relatable feels with simple, laid-back songs.

What’s more, they’ve released this EP onto cassette too just in time for that long road trip to Meredith in your 1990s Holden station-wagon.

Long live Twerps and the nostalgia that they bring with them.


Hometown:  Melbourne, Australia
Latest release: Underlay (released 21 August 2014)
Sounds like:  Courtney Barnett, Dum Dum Girls, Parquet Courts
Say What?  Twerps just signed to Merge Records, a US label that features the likes of Neutral Milk Hotel and M. Ward.

Have a listen to their EP, Underlay. 

Paws and pineapples, Cat

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