January 4, 2023

Twister previously got rave reviews, your own Velvet Thunder included, for their debut album Cursed and Corrected, released in the Autumn of 2020. The album distilled five years worth of them growing as a band and as fine young chappies in the North East, each track capturing everything that had happened to them personally and professionally as a band over that time. From heartbreak and frustration to joy and elation, it epitomised what they then were as a band and set the bar for future productions.

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Two years on and the band have continued to grow, with two successful headline tours throughout the UK in April & October 2022, gaining an abundance of new fans along the way after witnessing Twister’s incendiary live show. Following the tours, they’ve recently released another four-track EP Only The Strong Survive, also featuring their latest single Favourite Underdog.

Stylistically, Twister are a high energy New Wave of Classic Rock band of the highest order. Their anthemic songs are bursting at the seams with swooping guitars, great melodies, and humungous, monster choruses. These four North-East lads are really going for it, and you can see just how passionate they are in their live performances – if you haven’t seen them live yet, it’s well worth making it a priority.

Stevie Stoker – guitar and vocals;
Jake Grimes – guitar and backing vocals;
Ryan Lee – bass and backing vocals;
Jack Corbett – drums and backing vocals.

Twister’s ascension is no better illustrated by their continued improvement in the iTunes Rock Chart with several single releases from ‘Only The Strong Survive’ that culminated in previous single Secrets debuting at #1 and being playlisted on Planet Rock . The band wrapped up the year on the road at the likes of ‘Planet Rockstock’ & ‘Ampliyuletide’ to show fans a stellar setlist combining all their new material with their stunning stage show.

Frontman Stevie Stoker commented: “We’ve had such a great year that has seen the band constantly raise the bar and then clearing it… We think we’ve saved the best till last with Favourite Underdog and feel the video is a great way to celebrate what we’ve achieved together so far!

Following another session with Mercury Prize & Grammy nominated producer Romesh Dodangoda, ‘Only The Strong Survive’ contains both singles Secrets, and Favourite Underdog, which see the band spread their wings further in their development of something fresh and authentic. To celebrate the release of Only The Strong Survive the band are offering two different versions of the EP. The limited edition PURPLE version will only be available at live shows and features bonus acoustic versions of all 4 tracks. The RED Version is available online from the bands website: Buy Here.

The album was recorded, produced and mixed by the brilliant Tony Draper at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool and mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios by Frank Arkwright (The Killers, Frank Turner, Biffy Clyro) – England’s greatest mastering engineer for contemporary rock music.

Opener Secrets was the first single off the EP, a barnstorming rocker with foot a memorably tight band sound in the riff, stomping verses, an uplifting chorus and a nicely dreamy bridge section before building back up to the sign-off. Own Worst Enemy is slightly different, another monster riff, more tight rhythms, huge lead and back-up harmonies. It’s at this point you remember that Twister, for all the full-on rock band sound, are able to write strong melodies in their sleep! Every last track from now and before is so bubbly, catchy, rock-fest-friendly!

Dont Play Nice is third up, more of the same, another huge set of chords, some very tasty lead work, and also that insanely catchy melody! Favourite Underdog is the latest single, another slab of harmonic guitars, harmonies in the voices – you could almost use the word “smooth” to describe these guys, if it wasn’t such a whopping full-on classic rock band strutting their stuff. Another hugely tuneful yet power-packed little beast!

So – this EP is small but perfectly formed, four more chunks of classic Twister – beefy riffs twinned with lilting melody and strong collective vocals plus killer choruses – Great stuff, more please!

the latest single!