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London, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2017 | SELF

London, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2017
Band Blues R&B




"Canadian Beats - Album Review"

This album Whiskey Wine and Venom Love by Twin Fin is about to be re-released this September and it is a deep and dark trip to another time in the 30’s where clubs and private bars were filled with killers, hard drugs and alcohol by the barrels. Back when the music was strictly for releasing the other side in people and giving them that “fast dance” energy with flipping and swinging.

In the band we have Dana Hartman (Vocals/Guitar), Cole G Benjamin (Vocals/Saxophone), Paul Wickerson (Guitar/ Vocals), Eric Roelofsen (Upright Bass,/Vocals) and Brad “Lavard” Ondrovcik (Drums), aeach of these members bring a certain element to the band, and you can hear the experience and love for the music.

My favourite song on this album is “Rocco Perri”, a song about Rocco Perri being himself and even getting into trouble with the law. 2nd runner up in my favourite songs category is “City of Sin” and this track is all about that intense scene with all the gambling and hustling going on in that world. 3rd is “Whiskey Wine and Venom Love” and the 4th is “Jungle Room”. Be sure to check out this album and take a trip back in time, to when the world we now know was just beginning. - Travis Rump

"Jammsphere - Album Review"

Based in London, Ontario Twin.Fin is 5 piece high energy Swing, Rockabilly, Blues and Jazz band. They perform original songs along with repertoire by Janis Martin, Louis Prima, Brian Setzer, and Tarantino soundtracks to keep the shows jumping. “Whisky Wine and Venom Love” is their debut album featuring 10 original songs, which was well received by local media with features in the Scene, The London Yodeller and most notably the London Free Press in James Reaney’s annual Top Ten Local Sonic Gems feature.
Recent nominations are CHRW Radio 94.9 ‘Album of the Year’ and the Jack Richardson London Music Awards ‘Best Artist’ in the blues category. All tracks were recorded at Higher Ground Sound and mastered by the Juno award winning Dan Brodbeck.

I love fusion bands, and I always have. When multiple styles click together and create a new, vivid hybrid, then there’s no other sound like it in the world. That’s also a good description of Twin.Fin’s full-length debut album, “Whisky Wine and Venom Love” – a mad mixture of stomp and swing, and who knows what else, as it spins without warning from one style to the next. And the energy and spirit make it all a really good kind of listening experience.
It opens with swinging jazzy snarl and polished sax playing in “Jungle Room” before exploding into a streak of call and response choruses. Just when it seems that they have settled into a signature style, they kick into “Devil Girl Stomp”, which is best described as snazzy rock n’ roll.

Dana Hartman has the right amount of crossover jazz sneer that you’d expect for such music, but she also doesn’t seem to be taking herself too seriously. She could fit into raucous rockers, swinging dance music, and a bunch of other genre-straddling song styles.

In a nutshell, don’t expect any of this to sound like anything you’ve ever heard. This is a wild, colorful patchwork of different sounds and styles – refreshingly smart and original.
The album also contains the song “Rocco Perri”, which has reached over 3 million views on YouTube, and is used as the musical backdrop for the Cherry Dollface vintage curly hair tutorial. The music is just so fun that every time you hear it, you’ll want to jump around the room like you’re at some crazy wedding party.

The band’s sound swirls like a tornado over generous amounts of saxophone from Cole G Benjamin and upright bass by Eric Roelofsen, layered in on a drum foundation courtesy of Brad “Lavard” Ondrovcik and guitar embellishing by Paul Wickerson and Dana Hartman. It all sounds heartfelt and natural, and you won’t regret throwing a mad party in your brain while these guys are playing through your sound system.

If you need to wake up your senses and shake yourself out of the tedium of everyday life, then press play on tracks such as “Let’s Get Drinkin’” and “Jalopy”. And if you need to catch your breath, then switch to “Straight Six and Four on the Floor” and “Won’t Let You Go”.

On this album you will find some of the best combinations of classic and retro music recently made, not to mention the combination of fun and meaningful – All done with a sense of professionalism and a dose of humor. - Rick Jamm

" - Album Review"

Twin Fin consists of Dana Hartman on vox and guitar, Cole G Benjamin on vox and saxophone, Paul Wickerson on guitar, Eric Roelofsen playing the upright bass, and Brad "Lavard" Ondrovcik on drums. They are an energetic group from Ontario, Canada that plays everything from swing to rockabilly, blues, and jazz. Twin Fin’s high-energy shows include their own original songs in addition to that of Janis Martin, Louis Prima, Brian Setzer, and many more.
The band’s debut record, Whisky, Wine, and Venom Love features ten of Twin Fins’ creative new songs in a way that captures all of the energy of their live shows. The album was also nominated for CHRW Radio’s Album of the Year as well as Jack Richardson London Music Awards’ Best Blues Artist, though to say the album is strictly blues is a bit limiting.
The opening track on Whisky, Wine, and Venom Love greets us with a groovin’ swing tune, “Jungle Room.” On “Long Gone Daddy,” we can hear the spirit of '60s swing music revived and reinvented with a fresh new perspective. Twin Fin’s debut album is full of powerful, high-energy hits. Finally, the album closes out with “Jalopy,” another poppy song that will have you toe tappin’ and booty shakin’. With cool rockabilly melodies for the new school and swing music for today’s generation, Whisky, Wine, and Venom Love has a retro feel that any dance music fan today will love. - Ryan Stabile

"BeeHive Candy - Album Review"

Background - Twin-Fin's high-energy music has topped national jazz and blues radio airplay charts (since March of 2016). Their swingin' songs have been streamed more than 3 million times in wildly popular viral videos. They have performed for raucous and rollicking swingabilly audiences from London Music Hall to the East End Rockabilly Riot and Rockabilly Shake Up.

Now, London, Ontario-based rockabilly-swing, blues and jazz band, Twin-Fin and Infinite Entertainment Group are happy to announce the September 18, 2016 worldwide release of the band's debut album, Whiskey Wine and Venom Love. The album features 10 original songs of gin-soaked deception, debauchery, and determination, including the band's #1 radio hits, "Straight Six and Four on the Floor" and "Jungle Room." Whiskey Wine and Venom Love was produced, recorded and engineered by Cole G. Benjamin, at Higher Ground Sound and mastered by Juno Award Winner, Dan Brodbeck.

Twin-Fin is: Dana MacCabe: Vocals, Guitar Cole G Benjamin: Vocals, Saxophone Paul Wickerson: Guitar, Vocals Eric Roelofsen: Upright Bass, Vocals Brad Ondrovcik: Drums.

Twin-Fin is high energy Swing, Rockabilly, Blues and Jazz. Based in London, Ontario, this 5-piece band loves to perform original songs along with repertoire by Janis Martin, Louis Prima, Brian Setzer, and Tarantino soundtracks to keep the shows jumpin'. Website here.

'Jungle Room' is a vibrant energised swingin' song, that demands a little foot tapping at the very least. The video concentrates on their natural live flair, and the hooks are everywhere! - BeeHive

"Beach Sloth - Album Review"

Offering a spirited take on swing, Twin Fin’s “Whiskey Wine and Venom Love” is a radiant joy that lets it all out. Vocals lead the way, courtesy of Dana Hartman’s playful delivery. Her mastery of the guitar, alongside Paul Wickerson, gives the entire album an almost Tarantino soundtrack kind of cool. Nicely anchoring the album is the undeniable talent of Eric Roelofsen on upright bass and Brad “Lavard” Ondrovcik on drums. Of course the cherry on top of all of this are the impressive chops of Cole G. Benjamin on saxophone. Together they create an unstoppable force one that refuses to let up.

“Jungle Room” starts the album off with the perfect kind of jazz guitar leading the way. With a giddy sort of energy, the song bounces through with a nimble rhythm helping to drive the song forward. Nicely following up on “Jungle Room” is the infinitely celebratory “Devil Girl Stomp”. Effortlessly merging rock and swing is the stylish “Rocco Perri”. Amazing saxophone work defines the tasteful, grandiose work of “City of Sin”. By far the highlight of the collection is the lounge inflection of the title track “Whiskey Wine and Venom Love”. Starting off slow the song builds in intensity before settling into a jaunty jazz groove. Western twang comes into full view on the spacious “Straight Six and Four on the Floor”. Ending things on a high note is the energetic “Jalopy”.

Truly unique in combining such a plethora of styles and sounds, Twin Fin’s “Whiskey Wine and Venom Love” rocks pure and simple. - Beach Sloth

"Wizzley - Album Review & Interview"

I talk to Twin Fin's Paul Wickerson and Dana MacCabe about the band, how they write songs and their new album Whiskey Wine and Venom Love.

Twin Fin takes swing, rockabilly, blues and jazz and forges them into a unique sound. The band's lead guitarist Paul Wickerson and their singer Dana MacCabe talk about the band's approach to music and their latest album Whiskey Wine and Venom Love.

The roots of Twin Fin lie in a band project that Paul has been a part of for many years. He says, "Originally I was playing straight up rockabilly and that band had members coming and going. I'm the last surviving member of that original band. For years we'd been picking up these amazing players so what happened was that I invited Cole to play some sax and Dana to front the new band and take it in a new direction. We've solidified things by adding Brad on drums and Eric on bass so we're all set to go."

The influences that Paul brings to the band run the gamut from swing to jazz with stops in the territory of rockabilly along the way. One of Paul's earliest influences was Brian Setzer. Paul explains, "He was the first player I saw live and I wanted to be able to play like him."

He adds, "I grew up in Windsor so I heard all of the music coming out of Detroit. I love all sorts of styles. When it came time to be creative, and write something new or bring something out in the music, it just seemed obvious that the rockabilly, the swing and a little bit of jazz is what came out."

Dana’s background is much more in the rock vein but she says, "When it came to playing in a band like this, it wasn't a style that I'd ever explored before. I'd done some covers with other people doing rockabilly and I've always enjoyed retro music from lots of different eras and genres. This band is exciting, I've always wanted to play in a band that had a sax player! The way that i'm singing in this band is not how you'd stereotypically think of a swing singer. I've put my own twist on it."

The band's core songwriters are Paul and Cole. They work out the main arrangements, chord progressions and song lyrics. Paul says, "All of those things get worked on at rehearsals, the songs get presented and everybody has the freedom to bring their own ideas to the table. The song starts out as one thing and always morphs into something better than the sum of its parts."

He discusses the actual process of writing a song from his perspective and says, "If I'm sitting down and writing a song, I try to paint a mental picture first. It could be a real event that I've witnessed or trying to create the mood of a time or place. For example, we played a New Year's Eve show at this great little club called The Night Owl. I remember looking out and seeing all of these Roller Derby girls and they were having a time and partying it up. That idea became Devil Girl Stomp."

Once the songs are written, it's up to Dana to interpret them. She says, "The lyrics and the topics of the songs that those guys write are so relatable and I'm able to take them and make them my own. Who hasn't had a bad relationship or a good time out with their friends?"

Whiskey Wine and Venom Love started life as a collection of songs that got good audience response at their live shows. Paul explains, "Eventually people would be singing back lyrics, so we knew we had a good collection. When we had ten good songs, it was time to make the record. Our catchphrase for the album is ten songs of gin soaked deception, debauchery and determination."

Once they were ready to record, Paul points out, "We got together and hammered out the songs, so that everybody knew their parts. When it came time to go into the studio and start laying it down, I laid down all of the guitar parts in one weekend. Basically Friday and Saturday we did all of the rhythm tracks and Sunday I laid down the leads. We could have recorded it live off the floor but we had the time to do it differently so why not do it?"

Dana continues, "Cole did all of the recording at his studio which meant we could take as long as we needed for this project since we weren't paying somebody separately. The band invested in the project themselves. There was very little speaking that Cole did with me. I was free to do what I wanted and it was a great experience for me."

The album was made with the intent of being a reflection of Twin Fin's live show. Paul says, "We want the same energy and the same sound as a live show. There was minimal double tracking, so the album's pretty close to how we are live."

The band's future plans include recording a new album for which Paul and Cole are already working on new songs as well as doing more touring. Paul says, "We made our first step onto the festival circuit this summer with some shows and the push is definitely to get a bigger presence and stretch our boundaries a bit to keep our profile up."

Paul once worked in label management for the music industry, so he can speak to how the industry has evolved. He says, "The bottom fell out of the music industry when digital hit around 2003. Now independent music is driving the Canadian music industry. Even the major labels know this is true. The change happened about a decade ago and it's going strong. We wanted to embrace the digital age because it's a great way to connect with fans but you have to support that with shows as well. Overall the independent scene is going strong!"

The inspiration for Twin Fin to keep playing comes from their live shows. Paul says, "I've had people come up and tell me that they hadn't heard this particular guitar sound for 30 years in a club. There's something that we do that connects with people on some level and makes them want to come up and say hey. That's really rewarding for me."

Dana adds, "Playing live is what I love to do. All of the problems in life can be put aside while we're on stage and just doing what we want. Seeing people in the audience feeding off of what we're doing and having a great time as well is really what it's all about." - Karl Magi

"Local - Album Reviews" - Various


Still working on that hot first release.



Twin-Fin is high energy Swing, Rockabilly, Blues and Jazz. Based in London, Ontario this 5 piece blazing band performs their original songs along with repertoire by Janis Martin, Louis Prima, Brian Setzer, and Tarantino soundtracks to keep the shows jumpin’…

 Formed in 2011, the early days of Twin-Fin’s music garnered them over 3 million views with their song “Rocco Perri” that was chosen as the musical backdrop for the Cherry Dollface vintage curly hair tutorial:

 2015 and 2016 brought Twin-Fin rave reviews in local hometown London media, featured in the Scene, The London Yodeller and most notably the London Free Press in James Reaney’s annual Top Ten Local Sonic Gems feature. Having recent nominations on CHRW Radio 94.9 for ‘Album of the Year’ and the prestigious Jack Richardson London Music Awards ‘Best Artist’ in the blues category, Twin-Fin is always revved up and ready to roll live.

 Twin-Fin have been playing to sold out shows at the London Music Club, The Brass, Fitzrays, the Nite Owl and the infamous London Music Hall, as well as being favorites at the 2016 Home County Music and Art Festival.

 Their shake it up, good time live performances have earned them opening spots for David Wilcox and The Lincolns. They were the musical guests at the BIOSHOCK 2 Launch Party, and at packed Roller Derby events at Western Fair. They have been host at the Annual Hartman’s Classic Car Show and were proudly invited to play the 2nd Annual East End Rockabilly Riot and Rockabilly Shake UP #16 in Toronto.

 Now, Twin-Fin are proud to announce the September 18, 2016 worldwide release of the band’s debut album, Whiskey Wine and Venom Love. The album features 10 original songs of gin-soaked deception, debauchery, and determination, including the bands #1 radio hits “Straight Six and Four on the Floor” which reached #1 in June on the Digital Radio Tracker Blues top 20 chart and the 1st single, “Jungle Room” has already received airplay on CBC Radio “Key of C” and in May 2016 reached #1 on the Digital Radio Tracker Jazz/R&B top 20 charts. It has been #1 in the Jazz/R&B chart for 12 weeks.

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