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by Bill Pearis
One of the international indie rock acts that did make it to SXSW this year was Melbourne, Australia's Twerps who are now on a U.S. tour that brings them to NYC this week. They play Glasslands tonight (3.23) with Family Portrait, La Big Vic and Family Trees, then Cake Shop tomorrow (3/24) with Big Troubles, Guy Blackman and The Hairs. All tour dates are at the bottom of the post.
It might not be a surprise, given who they're playing with here, that Twerps have a record out on Underwater Peoples, a just-released three-song 7" which you can stream below. Like a lot of bands on UP, you can hear the classic Flying Nun garage pop influence in their sound. (There's some Go-Betweens in there too.) There's another 7" coming out on Olde English Spelling Bee later this year. Good stuff. They live halfway round the world, do go see them if you get the chance.
Song streams and tour dates below...
Twerps - Black Eye
Twerps - 2011 U.S. Tour Dates
Weds March 23 - Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn (with Family Portrait, La Big Vic and Family Trees)
Thurs March 24 - Cake Shop, New York (with Big Troubles, Guy Blackman and The Hairs)
Sat March 26 - Younglove's, Philadelphia (with Big Troubles and Family Portrait)
Tues March 29 - Cafe Nine, New Haven (with Medication and Estrogen Highs)
Weds March 30 - Blue Triangle Loft, Boston (with Cuffs)
Tues Apr 5 - Pittsburgh (with Wet Hair)
Weds Apr 6 - Cleveland (with Wet Hair)
Thus April 7 - Chicago
Fri April 8 - Medusa, Minneapolis (with Velvet Davenport)
Sat April 9 - Iowa City (with Wet Hair)