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The Twang- The Sound Of Summer 2007?

"Feels like my teeth are falling out,
From all the gibberish that's been pouring out my mouth,
What was i thinking? What was i doing with that milf?

My chin is exhausted, man it was time for filth."

And so begins the epic single track that is Wide Awake by The Twang, a special band, not only because they can insert the phrase 'milf' into a song without it sounding ridiculous, but also because they just might be the sound of this year. The Twang are a 5-piece indie band straight out of Birmingham, although I don't really think its fair to confine them into one genre of music. I know I use the phrases 'different' and 'unique' a lot, but I can apply them to this band without thinking twice; from the twisting guitars that open Wide Awake, the breakdown half way through the song or Phil Etheridge's heavy Birmingham accent, I couldn't really compare it to much else, or place it in one area of music. The success of this band also depends on the fact that they're not afraid to test the boundaries and try something new: Wide Awake runs in at 4 minutes and 47 seconds, a song which many bands would consider too long to put forward commercially as their first or second single. Their originality has really payed off, though; Wide Awake reached #15 on the UK singles charts, which is very respectable considering they were relatively unknown at this point.

Since The Twang went mainstream after NME ran an article on them, they have gone on to be classed by many- myself included- as the sound of 2007. Despite this, there are still a lot of people out there who go: "The Twang? Oh, the ones that did that song". These are also the individuals who think they are a one-track wonder even before they've heard what this band have to offer: go out and buy their debut album, Love It When I Feel Like This, when it comes out on the 4th of June, and then come and talk to me about one-trick ponies. And if you can't wait that long, download the tracks included with this post, all of which are off the new album.

This hype surrounding the band has been racked up a few levels higher for me; I had the opportunity to go and see The Twang and a few other bands at London Calling, an annual gig in Amsterdam to showcase upcoming bands. I was meant to go with my Dad, but I turned it down, citing tiredness as my excuse. I now wish I had gone, even if all the other bands there had been crap: I doubt I will get another chance to see this band in such a small venue: after this summer, they will be right in the limelight, playing festivals and stadium gigs. It might sound unrealistic, but I anticipate a debut in the vein of The Arctic Monkeys, completely fresh and with an original take on British life, and one which will go on to sell really well commercially. I just hope that they can mimic The Arctic Monkeys in escaping from the classic 'second album is rubbish' mantra.

Click the links below to hear some of the unreleased tracks off this bands new album:

The Twang- Wide Awake

The Twang- Either Way

The Twang- Cloudy Room

Click here if you want to pre-order their new album, Love It When I Feel Like This...

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