Wild Onion

twin peaks Twin Peaks

These Chicago garage-pop kids weren't even born when Twin Peaks went off the air, but their love of ancient cultures goes back even further. On their second record, the spunky quartet pull offExile-era Stones strut and Velvet Underground guitar poesy with sophistication that's beyond their years, and a sense of humor, too. On "Making Breakfast," they play at being Lil' Jaggers, "sitting in the back of a limousine/Just going to a show." Then they turn around and poke fun at their ambitions in "Sloop Jay D," when an unnamed girl tells singer-bassist Jack Dolan, "Don't be a fucking phony." Don't listen to her, dude; you're a tremendous phony.

From The Archives Issue 1217: September 11, 2014