If you were an emo kid in the aughts, it’s more than likely that you grew up alongside Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional– I’m talking emotionally, not physically (unless you’re also a Boca Raton, Florida native). While Dashboard was the soundtrack to your eternally awkward preteen years, his new band, Twin Forks, is the perfect accompaniment to life as a socially adjusted human being. Twin Forks provides you with all of the talent of Dashboard with 95% less of the emotional burden. Twin Forks is more likely to have you dancing, stomping, and yelling, “Hey!” like any good indie record, instead of sobbing in fetal position on the floor… and if that’s not adjusting to adulthood, I don’t know what is.
While you might miss “Screaming Infidelities” and “Swiss Army Romance,” you can always return to them (most likely after a particularly horrific break-up), or even when the band plays them live occasionally. If you’re not too busy feeling all the feelings, check out their cover of Taylor Swift’s “Mean,” which is oddly beautiful when you stripped of the drama that accompanies everything T. Swizzle sings. If you’re looking for something light that will instantly put you in a good mood, but doesn’t sacrifice substance, give their self-titled full length a listen. If you pay attention, some of the songs might be even more Dashboard than Dashboard was.
Why You Should Know Them: If you’re a fan of melodic folk influenced equally by country and pop, look to Twin Forks. They’re like a far superior version of The Lumineers (they even share a label). You can catch them playing tiny venues now, but with the star power/singalong anthems that Chris is used to crafting, they’ll be big before you know it. Twin Forks supply a welcome piece of classic Americana on an otherwise bleak musical landscape. Sure, the girls might look like they stepped directly out of the latest Anthropologie catalog, and the dudes would camouflage easily into the Williamsburg scene with all the flannel they wear, but that doesn’t make what they’re doing basic. In fact, they’re taking the folk influences other indie artists are using and creating stunning melodies. If you love the tension of male/female duets and miss The Civil Wars post-split, start with the gorgeous “Good and Slow,” and go from there.
For Fans Of: The Head and the Heart, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Dashboard Confessional