Twin Sister and Explosions in the Sky at SOMA
Eclectic bill packs all ages venue 9/2/11
Just before the 7 p.m. door time at SOMA on Friday, September 2, the line had already wrapped around two sides of the lengthy strip mall building adding to the already fervered anticipation for blistering performances by Twin Sister and Explosions in the Sky. It’s not completely clear where the tour pairing originated, as they do not share labels or a similar music style, but in the end Twin Sister ended up being a great opening act for the high-energy post rock churned out by EITS.
Twin Sister, from Long Island, New York, are a quintet of young musicians that play a matured brand of indie pop that is inspired by the synth music of the 1980’s. Despite their youth they have already released two EP’s and joined the heralded roster of Domino Records. Their debut full-length album, In Heaven is set for release on September 27. A substantial portion of the crowd had assembled in the venue by the time Twin Sister took the stage. The band performed a relaxed and confident set of songs, with singer Andrea Estella swaying to the music with her hands held to her face, as if overcome by shyness. The band however, exuded plenty of confidence throughout their set. When Austin based post-rock veterans Explosions in the Sky took the stage, the crowd immediately started singing happy birthday to guitarist Munaf Rayani. The gesture was orchestrated by friends of the band who walked down the line of people waiting to get into the venue before the doors opened, telling them when the song would be sung for Munaf. After thanking the crowd, the band launched into “Yasmin the Light” from their second album, which was a crowd favorite, and hardly stopped for a moment to rest for the remainder of the set. They played a nine song set that spanned their six album career, with four songs from their latest album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, which was released earlier this year on Temporary Residence LTD.