Album Review: Twin Berlin's 'Sleazebrain'

Twin BerlinOurStage winners Twin Berlin‘s latest album may not have been produced by the iconic Travis Barker like their EP There Goes My Virtue was, but that doesn’t keep these New England natives from rocking hard on their brand new debut full-length, Sleazebrain. Starting things off strong with “You’re A Problem,” these self-proclaimed grunge rockers mix the perfect amount of aggression and passion into their music to create that raw and unaffected punk vibe that I love so much, yet find so rarely. And while the band has been teasing fans with clips and teasers of tracks such as the aforementioned opener and “Buzzkill,” I have to admit that my personal favorites lie in the deeper cuts, “Don’t Talk To Me” and “Kill This Low.” Still, the tracks they’ve chosen to lead with are strong, and are a pretty accurate snapshot of the album as a whole.

Grunge as a major influence is not easy to keep fresh two decades after its height, but Twin Berlin pull it off very well. The longer I let the album run the more I appreciated what a grower it is, and the more I wish I was able to immediately head out to one of their live shows. Because if this is the energy I’m getting from a recording, I can’t even imagine what kind of vibe they give off live.

Catch up with Twin Berlin on their Facebook, and be sure to grab a copy of Sleazebrain when it drops Feb. 18. In the meantime, check out a few tracks below to hold you over.

 

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Twin BerlinBack in 2011, OurStage artists Twin Berlin won the opportunity of a lifetime in OurStage and Guitar Center‘s “Your Next Record with Travis Barker” competition. After flying to Los Angeles, being interviewed by MTV, and of course hooking up with Blink-182‘s Barker for an intense recording session at Red Bull Studios, Twin Berlin released their EP, There Goes My Virtue. Since then, we’ve been aching to know what the trio has been up to. As it turns out, they’ve been recording their debut full-length, Sleazebrain,which will be released February 18th. Check out a sneak peek of the album with a stream of “You’re A Problem” below, and check back tomorrow for our full review of Sleazebrain. (more…)

Review: Blink-182's 'Dogs Eating Dogs' EP

Three weeks after its release, many of you long-time Blink-182 fans have probably given a listen to their new 5-track EP, Dogs Eating Dogs. I must admit, I was a bit apprehensive putting my headphones on, as I was not too thrilled with the results of their 2011 reunion album, Neighborhoods. Recent press and interviews with the band, however, indicated a possible shift in the right direction. Drummer Travis Barker was quoted saying, To me, this EP is a hundred times better than Neighborhoods. The band realizing that there was something not quite right with the prior LP bode well for the EP. Neighborhoods was apparently recorded via file sharing, where each member individually worked their parts out and sent them back and forth, rather than working collectively. Having recently parted with their long-time label, Interscope Records, Blink hit the studio on their own for the first time since Flyswatter (throwback much?) and did so in traditional fashion – together, as a band.

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Blink-182 Reveal Release Date For Upcoming EP

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Can’t wait for the new Blink EP? Check out OurStage’s own Aimless Again!

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If you like Blink-182, then you might also like OurStage’s own Aimless Again.

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