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414 Music Live Review: Twin Brother

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Yesterday, 88Nine welcomed the fresh local sounds of trio Twin Brother to the stage for 414 Music Live. The first thing that comes to mind when I look back on Twin Brother’s performance is character. Truly uncalculated and natural, Twin Brother is not only full of talent, but charm as well. From lead singer and songwriter Sean Raasch’s fabled ability to write an original song for each day of the year, to drummer Tyler Nelson’s decision to replace a kickdrum with a suitcase in his setup, to Lodewijk (Lodi) Broekhuizen’s dual ability to pluck both bass and violin, there was nothing cliché about Twin Brother. The band was originally a duo called Jack Raasch composed of Raasch and Nelson, who came across their third member Lodi by happenstance: “Lodi does sound at Club Garibaldi, and when we played a show there, he said to us ‘you guys need a bass player, cause you guys suck,’” laughed Raasch. Their set featured a variety of slow, waltz-able ballads and exhilarating folk-rock compositions anchored heavily in strong songwriting. Raasch’s gritty yet sweeping vocals gave even the more laid-back serenades an irresistible spark. Twin Brother’s full-length record will be available for online purchase on Tuesday of next week, and after its release, they are not wasting any time to establish themselves nationally: “We’re starting a tour on the 21st next week, we’re going on a 10-day stretch to New York, Boston, DC, North Carolina….followed by a release party on the 31st at Club Girabaldi.”

Twin Brother’s winning combination of personality, drive, and most of all, serious talent, makes them yet another outstanding Milwaukee group. Hear for yourself: you can stream Twin Brother’s record Swallow The Anchor before it drops on Tuesday on MilwaukeeRecord.com, and check them out on Facebook and Bandcamp.