Twin Peaks has effortlessly perpetuated what rock ‘n’ roll is about with their heavy-garage sharp sound and their young punk attitude.
Chicago’s finest rock ‘n’ roll conquerors are Clay Frankel, Cadien Lake James, Connor Brodner and Jack Dolan, and they want to start a riot in your grandmother’s living room.
Their latest record, Wild Onion, is a flavorful twist and shout joyride. It was released Aug. 5, 2014 and is 40 minutes long with 16 short tracks.
“I Found a New Way” definitely opens a door to the mind that could make even the shyest people scream “Oh Yeah!” This tale of a new discovery was written by Frankel.
All of the members contribute to the song writing with a system in which whoever writes it, sings it.
James captures the sweet taste of a rebellious stomp to the ground with “Strawberry Smoothie.” The guitars are laced with delays and crunchy tones. The lyrics describe a confused cold-hearted woman who needs to lighten up.
“In the blizzard honey, you’re a hound
You’re headed nowhere with eyes glued to the ground
So pick your head up honey, look around
Go pick your pieces up from the lost and found.”
Wild Onion has the perfect flow of fun, simple and catchy songs.
“Making Breakfast” is a monologue of happy thoughts that fit into a good song. The sound of Frankel’s passionate, angsty voice in the chorus makes the listener feel like nothing is ever wrong in life. The start of every day should be positive and fulfilling, like making breakfast.
A chaotic stampede is delivered through “Fade Away,” which is sung by Dolan. As the most accelerated track on the record, it is one minute and fifty-nine seconds long, barely beating the two minute mark. Dolan’s distinct voice sounds best with more fast paced tracks such as this.
“Flavor” is the core of Wild Onion that truly “flavors the heart and soul” as James preaches in the track. The record is fun, genuine and relaxed. “Flavor” describes all of these traits by advising listeners to not worry so much and to always enjoy life.
The track is two minutes long, so it’s a small serving that still satisfies the hunger of a listener for a delicious garage rock anthem.
Most tracks on the record are a little more than two minutes in length. The longer tracks are just as enlivening.
This band is surely on to something. Although most listeners are used to longer tracks, they are more likely to return to each track more quickly than other records. When listening to these tracks, listeners will be amazed by the foot-tapping instrumentals while unimpressed by the easygoing and almost meaningless lyrics.
However, listeners will automatically receive and relate to the band’s “chill” vibes and have fun jamming out to the organic flow of tracks. It is a perfect record for anyone looking for a new yet recognizable garage rock personality. Wild Onion is an explosive house show where everyone’s invited to explore its spontaneous sound that feeds the wild sides of people.