Celebration Guns/Twin Ponies Split Release!

Celebration Guns and Twin Ponies were two of my favorite debuting bands of 2013 and this weekend they will release a split release on Rubber Brother Records that marks the first first available recordings by either bend since their debut EP releases.  Indeed, Celebration Guns Quitter EP and Twin Ponies Pores EP are two records from last year that are still in heavy rotation for me even now. I first heard about this split release back in January and February and I’ve been bugging both bands about it ever since. When I check out the live shows for each band, it sure sounds like they could each record a full album worth of songs, but here we get two from each and it just whets my appetite for more. I have to add that I think these two bands are a perfect pairing, I might think that because I caught Celebration Guns live debut at the Twin Ponies Pores releases show, but on this split release, they really do sound good together and I usually try to make sure I’m at a show where the two team up, because it’s always great, plus you can hear all the songs they haven’t committed to a recording as of yet, which is to say, a lot of great material.

Celebration Guns get the first side of the release with two stunning tracks. The song “Folks Inside” was released as a preview in February and is apparently inspired by a Shel Silverstein poem. This song is a pure delight and seems to stand apart from their previous recordings for the amount of intricate percussion alone. It’s catchy as hell and honestly, live it seems to have developed well beyond this recording. I have to admit, when this gets stuck in my head randomly I have to rake my brain a bit before I can remember what it is, once I do I have to listen to it about three or four times in a row. The second track offered up from Celebration Guns is the amazing “The Volunteer” which has been one of my live favorites for months now, if for no other reason than the delicate bell intro by Timothy O’Brien. Somewhere there is an amazing live recording of this performed perfectly at a Last Exit Live gig that I was thrilled to witness in person. Since that time I have been eagerly anticipating its release and when O’Brien told me that it would be the second song on this release I couldn’t have been more pleased. I honestly think it’s their most accomplished tune to date, at least in consideration of what they’ve recorded so far. Brilliant efforts, both.

Twin Ponies deliver two songs swiftly–seriously, 262 seconds of music from this crew, which at first I was disappointed with after waiting for months and months for new songs. That was until I heard them. They bend time slightly and no matter how short their two tunes are, it’s easy to get lost in them and find pure joy in this pair. Of the two, I have to say that the first, “Exuviae” is my favorite because I fucking love it when Twin Ponies rock out with a hint of Nirvana flare, because they wear it well and it reminds me slightly of Tugboat days with some of the members of that band on board. And they rock it hard on this number and I found myself playing it over and over again at ear bleeding level, mad with nostalgic grunge joy. On the other hand, “Esquimaux” is a slow burner that I’ve enjoyed many times live, in fact one time I believe I saw Wayne Jones perform this solo and it was goddamned brilliant. The great thing here is that these two songs show both sides of Twin Ponies songs and its actually a perfect introduction, if you missed their debut. Still, each song could be a minute longer and I’d enjoy it even more, but with both of these bands I always want more.

Have a listen to the split release below and then be sure to head to Parliament this Friday, May 30th for the release show of this great collaboration. Celebration Guns & Twin Ponies will be releasing the brand new split tape, while tk and the Irresistibles will be putting out a new tape as well! The show will also feature B.O.T.S. and Straight Straws Straight Straws. It’s just $5, All Ages and it starts at 7pm, thought that time is often subject to change at Parliament.