Noir-Punk Band The Devil’s Twins are Coming to WGBH

Front Row Boston: Live at Fraser presents The Devils Twins

The Devils Twins // Photo: Jen Vesp

Punk vibes and Rockabilly riffs pair with the dueling vocals of Nikki Coogan and Jeremiah Louf, to define the unique sound of The Devil’s Twins, a Boston-based band that is just bursting onto the scene. Well, the stars have aligned, and we’re excited to be bringing them to WGBH for our new series Live at Fraser on January 17th, 2018. Tickets are going fast, so get yours now – this is a one-of-a kind performance that you won’t want to miss!

After winning the Boston Music Award for Indie/Rock Artist of the Year in 2016 (as well as looping a nomination for Live Artist of the Year), the Twins not only went on to receive nominations for 2017’s Rock Artist of the Year and Music Video of the Year, but were also a part of the inaugural class of the 617Sessions (a collection of local artists chosen for their contribution to the local sound). They’re rising fast, and with good reason: they’ve gained a reputation for being extremely high energy and creating a spectacle on stage – all while playfully bantering with the audience between songs. It’s the perfect combination to guarantee a good night in Fraser.

But if you’re still not sold, here are a few of the things that contribute to their one-of-a-kind sound:

They’re producing their own work

The Twins embody punk’s DIY ethos. Louf has been recording music most of his life and prides himself on finding ways to capture their unique sound within the walls of his own home.

“We’ve had our fair share of partners we tag in for certain aspects of the process and of course have invited plenty of other musicians in to pepper on the songs,” he says. “With those few exceptions though, plenty of what you hear on the final cut of the records could be takes recorded in pajamas.”

They’re using digital platforms and other unique formats for distribution

Front Row Boston: Live at Fraser presents The Devils Twins

The Devils Twins, American Noir Vol. 1 // Photo: Frank Schemmann

As with most musicians these days, digital is their primary platform for distribution. You can find the Twin’s work on Spotify, Soundcloud, and Bandcamp.

But the duo have also been dabbling in physical formats to enhance the thematic experiences of their work. “Our first record, we released on balsa wood calling it a BLP (Balsa LP),” Louf says. “We’ve also done a ‘vinyl’ format called a lathe-cut, which is carved out of a clear, square piece of plastic.”

For their latest album, American Noir Vol. 1, the Twins packaged and released a film in a DVD case that included mugshots and a Boston police report.

They’re collaborating locally and across genres 

The Twins have shared the stage with the Toronto-based pop act July Talk, local soul/punk band Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, and legendary punk groups like The Adicts, The Misfits and The Casualties. They’ve also collaborated with local musicians like Chris Baum from Bent Knee, and Matt Young from the power metal band Goldenhall as part of their work.

We’ve made it a big part of our life in this community to seek out the bands who surround us.” Nikki told us in a recent interview. “We’re all very different, and though we may sonically vary, we are all bound together by this underlying, straining urge to be heard, to fix this place and to let out the pressure building in our hearts and minds.”

Their latest collaboration was with rapper/actor Slaine for the crossover track “SATAN STONE” on American Noir Vol. 1. You can check out the video below, and tickets for their January 17th performance at WGBH can be purchased here.

We’re in for a wicked good show.