Jo D’Arc first came to my attention as the beautiful bass player with the Girobabies, having seen this brilliant band many many times over the years, it was at the ReAct benefit gig in Edinburgh back in January this year. Jo gave a solo performance of experimental art noise. Now this was right up Divine’s street. Hmmm I thought, now this lady has talent. Fast forward to The Barrowland/ Yellowland musical adventure. The Twistettes were the first band on the bill of delights. Joined by her sister Nikki on drums and backing vocals, Jo completed the duo with her bass lead vocals. This sibling couple unleashed a set that had Divine pogoing like he was 19 not 49. Drum’n’ Bass delivered with all the flavors that immediately brought comparisons with Blondie, the Stranglers and The Cramps. Obvious influences performed with Drums and Bass only. Now The Twistettes also draw similarities with The White Stripes. What The White Stripes lack is the true Punk Rock ethic. Oh Aye, The Twistettes gained a loyal fan in Divine that night. Live, they are fucking ace.
Jo – You can order either a digital download or physical CD . We’re currently looking into vinyl as well!! The album will be out on 23rd April but you can pre-order here as well so that you will automatically receive your download/CD on release.
We’ll also be selling them at our album launch on 23rd April @ Nice and Sleazy’s where we will be supported by The Girobabies and all our forthcoming gigs this summer.
The Mumble – Does this album mark the end of a chapter, has it encapsulated what the Twistettes are all about for now, or are you already moving onto new material
Jo – I think it encapsulates what we’re all about in general as people. I’d say that’s why we both feel so at home in The Twistettes. Previous bands we have been in have been about trying to sound like this or that’ but with The Twistettes we’re just enjoying making noise together.
We’ve already got the bones of around 6 tunes for the next album. You never know how things are going to turn out but I think it will keep the same essence though some different approaches chucked in there as well. Being sisters we’ve been playing together for so long that we have endless jams and bits of songs to play about with as well as creating new material so its a great time for us rehearsal wise just now. It’s actually a lot of the fun making tunes that were written years ago sound like The Twistettes…which can be amazing, awful, hilarious or some strange place inbetween!
The Mumble – Where will the Twistettes be playing this summer
Jo –So far confirmed is:
23rd April – JILT THE JIVE LAUNCH NIGHT, Nice and Sleazy’s, Glasgow
29th April – Girls On Top Festival, Edinburgh
30th April – Deoch an Dorus Festival, Arran
7th May – Surf Shack, Perth
14th May – Lockerbie Festival, Lockerbie
22nd-25th July – Audiosoup Festival, East Lothian
29th-30th July – Mugstock Festival, Mugdoch Country Park
6th August – Project A Frame Festival, Ayrshire
With a load of others in the pipeline TBC as well
The Mumble –what are, for you, the album’s singles – the stand-out songs
Again this is hard but I really like ‘is this it’. I wasn’t sure how that one would work recorded cause its pretty relentless live and sometimes that doesn’t transfer on tape but i was really surprised! I’m also really happy with ‘suck it fake it’ again cause we managed to capture more of its grittiness than i expected. on a different note, I’m also happy with ‘lamppost light’. I naturally have a tendency to write slightly cheesy stuff (melodic I’d say but aye…hehe) and Nicky always usually veto’s them but this one sneaked through! She actually says she quite likes the recorded version which is cool.