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Today, we'd like to introduce you to the post-rock instrumental quartet Twincities.
Based in Long Island, Twincities - Fletcher McDermott (piano/drums), Sal Magaddino (guitar), Matt Citarella (guitar), and Jesse Asch (bass) - are currently recording their second EP that will be released this winter.
We chatted with Fletcher about the group's influences, favorite venue to play and the new record.
What are your musical influences?
We take a lot of things from a lot of places! I'd hate to speak on everyone's behalf for something that personal, but I'd say we all agree on a couple of big ones. We all love Sigur Ros, Godspeed, You Black Emperor, Mono, This Will Destroy You. A couple of us have fallen pretty deeply in love with a lot of classical/piano music recently, and I think that's really going to show in our new stuff. I love ambient/glitchy electronic music which will show a lot in the production side of this new album.
What's your favorite place to play?
We've fallen into this weird place musically where we find ourselves playing this traditional "rock band" setup and it's led to us playing places that usually house that. Those types of venues usually don't end up being beneficial to a spacious dynamic sound, so until we either start playing beautiful wide open churches or places with incredible sound systems, that one is really tough to answer. Don Pedros always treats us well in Brooklyn. Mr. Beerys out near us on Long Island is also a great group of people.
What has been your favorite show?
Personally, getting to play with braveyoung was a high point for me. We've played with a bunch of great bands in the past year or so, but this was one of those times where if we hadn't been playing the show we'd have been there to see them either way. Their new album is a personal favorite and playing alongside them was incredible.
What's up next for Twincities?
Finish up this album we're in the middle of recording in the next two weeks and then start exploring our options. Hopefully set up a nice tour this winter. We'll have the record on 12" by winter. After that it's just keep writing, writing, and writing.