by Lexi Bissonnette
Most bands don’t grow up as neighbors and classmates, but Chicago indie rock band Twin Peaks did. However, they haven’t been a band the whole time. It wasn’t until very recently that this group of friends joined up for more than just after school hangouts.
“It was when my brother started touring with the S-Dubz that we started playing together,” explains Cadien Lake James. He went on to say that he wanted to play in a band, too and he wanted to do it with people his own age. Who better for that than lifelong friends? And so Twin Peaks was born.
With influences like Led Zeppelin and The Beach Boys, the Chicago band brings some interesting sounds the table, mixing both hard rock and soft. Their debut album, Sunken, was released a little over a month ago. Since then, the band has been touring nonstop and living the rock band life. Something that James couldn’t be enjoying more. “It’s been rad. We played a sick record release show with two of our favorite Chicago bands -Sister Crystals and Today’s Hits. Now we’re on tour to the west coast and have played some dope shows with Foxygen. Good to be doing what we do.”
And people love Twin Peaks touring, as the band just extended their tour. Previously finishing up in Baton Rouge on September 21, now it’s running until October 4th,with a final stop in Hudson. The tour has taken the band all over the country- a great opportunity for such a young band. Not only do they have west coast stops like Seattle and Los Angeles but they’re also heading southwest for their first time.
With touring for any band with younger members there comes decisions and potentially sacrifices. These guys had to make a decision about college. For now, they chose to tour. It’s something that is gaining them a ton of new fans, happiness and all around what they love doing all day every day.
“We’re out hustling’, our here grindin’,” James says. It’s no doubt he loves the life and loves doing it with his band mates. For him, this is the dream. “…we can do what we love and travel.” And not many would argue they’re living the dream with a newly released album and country wide tour.
But this tour is about more than new places for them. September 15th, the band gets to go play at home in Chicago’s Riot Fest. James couldn’t be more excited to get back to his home turf and play with some of the bands in the tour’s lineup. “We play the same day as The Replacements, The Pixies and White Mystery. So that shit should be off the chain.”
Tours under their belt, a new album release and another tour underway, the members of Twin Peaks have a busy time ahead filled with what they love.