by April Foster
Brooklyn’s Twin Sister returned to Neurolux last night and delivered a high energy set of glamorous indie rock.
When the band played in Boise in September, it opened for Explosions in the Sky at the Egyptian Theatre. While that show was plenty entertaining, Twin Sister seemed more in its element at Neurolux.
Opening act Ava Luna, also from Brooklyn, performed a set of quick-paced indie rock that had elements of disco, gospel and funk. The seven-piece band had some engaging material, and frenzied frontman Carlos Hernandez delivered funky vocals and spot-on keyboard lines. But the set was mired in sound issues, with the mix being way out of whack. At times, the sound coming from the stage was a jumbled mess with a bunch of “oohs” and “ahs” floating over it. Those oohs and ahs were so incessant, that my table started a drinking game for each time the band harmonized to vowel sounds. The drinks were gone in no time.
By the end of Ava Luna’s set, the crowd was anxious for Twin Sister. The five-piece outfit took the stage at about 10:15 p.m. and went into a rendition of “Meet the Frownies,” a soft, flowing cut from a split 7-inch it released last Record Store Day. The set immediately segued into “Bad Street,” one of Twin Sister’s signature electrified funk songs, and the party was on.
The band ran through favorites like “Lady Daydream,” “All Around and Away We Go” and “Daniel” without being afraid to explore or mix things up. Twin Sister’s rhythm section sat at the back of the stage and studiously created the throbbing backbone for each song, propelling the band forward through its oft-lengthy musical sprints. While Twin Sister's keyboardist and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist meticulously developed the melodies and hooks that make the band's music so compelling, Andrea Estella’s breathy vocals and quizzical stage presence were the icing on the cake.
During a Twin Sister set, the music rarely stops. Toward the end of the set, the band went into a lengthy section of murky, psychedelic noise rock, then sandwiched in a portion of “The Other Side of Your Face,” before Estella exited the stage and the remaining members launched into a full-on psych funk throwdown to cap the night off. The mellow encore of “Kimmi In a Rice Field” was the perfect way to cool the audience off before sending them back into the brisk Friday night air.