The Tweeners

Music Review: The Tweeners

The Tweeners “shanty eP + bonus” 

Like their influential musical forefathers before them, The Tweeners aren’t preoccupied with the technicality of their compositions as much as expressing themselves and their process in live and recorded format. What may come off as amateurish to some is actually the inspired output of a quintet of incredibly creative individuals. The original material found here is all over the place, defying typical classification while subtly acknowledging their influences.

Their sixth album “Shanty EP + Bonus,” is typically schizophrenic. There’s cover interpretations of songs by The Soft Machine, Bo Diddley, Tommy Roe and The Maze. More intriguing, however, is the original material which hints at adventurous artists like Albert Ayler and Sun Ra or a twisted version of early Pink Floyd.

Occasionally you may feel that you’re listening to a room full of children experimenting on instruments they’ve picked up for the first time. Don’t be deterred though, the band’s expressionistic, bizarre take on pop music makes for an intriguing listening experience.

About Ben Allen

Our music editor Ben Allen was born one stormy evening in a quaint Northern California coastal village. Upon birth he was immediately exposed to the soothing analog sounds of artists such as Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Captain Beefheart and Santana. As the lad grew, so did his appreciation for an assortment of abrasive hard rock. A pubescent flirtation with butt metal was shattered in the early 1990’s by exposure to Nirvana and other so-called “Alternative” bands. While in college, our protagonist became a DJ on a local station, and began work as a freelance music journalist. During this period he became entranced with artists such as Tortoise, Slint, Modest Mouse, Guided By Voices and Pavement. Currently Allen resides in Arcata, CA where he continues to obsess and salivate over new recordings by his favorite artists. He works with music industry people to ensure that Savage Henry’s contributors receive music and other promotional materials. He also writes a silly monthly list titled “Ben’s 10.”

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