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Twin Lakes

Cooks Hill, New South Wales, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Cooks Hill, New South Wales, Australia | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Alternative Pop




"Twin Lakes @ Captain Cook Hotel"

Catching Twin Lakes on the back end of their most recent tour was definitely the prime time to see them live. Following the recent news of their inclusion into Canadian Music week in Toronto, this show, at The Captain Cook Hotel is their final stop before launching their act into the international scene.
The stage itself was simple and dimly lit with shocks of red and yellow matching Twin Lakes’ ethereal Indie feeling to a tee. Opening the show with ‘Lost Mirrors‘, the band set the mood from the get-go, showcasing their style and preparing the crowd for what was to come. The subsequent crowd favourites proved to be no surprise; the widely popular ‘Glacier‘ that launched their career exhibits a stellar mix of snarling guitars and synths. ‘The Ageing Field‘ (their most recent single) was easily my personal highlight; as a band that boasts a self-described “infectiously melodic” sound, this song backs up their claim to a tee. The intro grabs you with an ethereal guitar riff, sliding into verses of building melodies and decorative guitars paired to drum flourishes before crashing into the crescendo – a chorus that splices all these sounds together and gets the crowd on their feet. - Aphra Mag

"Twin Lakes foray into fresh water"

HARD-WORKING Newcastle band Twin Lakes are setting up to go globetrotting on Sunday after being invited to play at the Canadian Music Week.

Singer Eddie Garven said the event was the biggest industry festival in the country. The band will be playing along with 32 other Australian bands and have been invited to play at the Sounds Australia Aussie BBQ with just eight others.

Twin Lakes were inspired in the suburbs of Newcastle as an experiment consisting of home recordings and casual jams.

But after being asked to play on a friend’s Cambridge Hotel line-up, Garven decided to really move forward with the project.

Now the five-piece are making the band their livelihood, with big plans for the coming year.

Describing themselves as indie pop, the band’s sound is drawn out and emotional, offering listeners an emotive, instrumental experience.

Other members are Garven’s brother, Huw Garven, guitarist and backing vocalist; Dan Pavez on bass; Jake Graham on keys, bass, vocal and engineering/production duties, and Sean Kelleher on drums.

Twin Lakes will be in Canada for just under a week and are self-funding the trip. The group plans to produce and develop more music this year.

‘‘After the tour and the festival, we’re going to finish our next single, buckle down and get our EP done by early next year,’’ Garven says - Newcastle Herald

"Canadian Music Week Day 5: Sounds Australia"

At 2:20, Twin Lakes came on, which is who I was able to catch after getting the last bit of FAIRCHILD's set because of an interview. Twin Lakes are a five-piece band comprised of Huw, Dan, Eddie, Sean and Jake, and have a gently rocking beat that carries on throughout the duration of each song. There's a steadiness to their music that hints at rock, but an easy playing that makes you want to bop your head along instead of forming a mosh pit. - Examiner


T is for Twin Lakes (PICTURED)
Where? C'est What?
When? 8th May 2014.
Opening up the set with "Lost Mirrors", the ambient melodies from the two guitarists helped start the song as the drums, bass and synth kicked in, seeing the song from the Newcastle based five piece build and build... it was as perfect an opener as I'd ever seen. "Moons" followed, with the second guitarist taking over lead vocal duties and the former lead moving onto a beautiful red acoustic. He would return to vocal duties for the remainder of the set, from the melodic beauty of "Half Lives", back to the epic build of "Hoodlems". In spite of the shifting tone, there was a unique cohesion to their set... everything felt very well thought out. This is a tight band, with the songs to back it up. And though the venue was a little awkward, the sound was great and their set seemed well received. Well, I certainly couldn't get enough... - AU Review

"Twin Lakes: Glacier [New Single]"

Introducing Twin Lakes, a five-piece indie-pop band hailing from Newcastle and Sydney who are noticeably inspired by the likes of Band of Horses, Midlake, The Shins and even Radiohead.

Fronted by vocalist/guitarist Eddie Garven (of Seabellies fame), debut single ‘Glacier’ resonates a ridiculously captivating sound. - Acid Stag


Dealing with a busy mind? have a listen to the new single “Glacier” by five piece Newcastle/Sydney based band TWIN LAKES.

With only seconds into the track I am caught by the sci-fi opening, almost as if X-Files was back on my shitty 90s tv. Working my way through the entire single I grow fonder. An increase of excitment and beliefe in these guys, knowing that if they keep to what Im hearing in “Glacier” these guys can produce some captivating material through out their careers!! - Adam Not Eve


It was eerie to see Oxford street almost deserted with the blanket of smoke from the bushfires hanging over the city. I figure if we’re going to go down in flames, may as well be doing something you love and as I love live music, The Standard was a good place to hide out.
Tonight was headlines by Newcastle/Sydney locals Twin Lakes. On the back of a new single "Glacier", the five piece demonstrated the exceptional talents within the band. Weaving melodic guitars swirled around the songs backed by two, three and sometimes four part harmonies which gave the band a Beach Boys feel mixed with Radiohead’s lingering refrains. Their single "Glacier" has a grandiose feel to it. Soaring emotion, it’s a great indie rock tune. The band also performed a brand new track "The Urgent Field" with a fun, boppy bass line and pop qualities in its overall sound. The accompanying visuals projected behind the band added to the musical element delivering a all round packaged performance.
Supporting Twin Lakes were Village Echoes. A young band with a very mature sound. Similar to Twin Lakes with weaving soundscapes mixed with a healthy dose of indie rock. The track "Horizons" was a stand out with its upbeat vibe to get the old toes tapping along. Gnome were slow to start, with the small crowd not quite sure how to respond at first, but as their set progressed, the predominately synth/keyboard tunes captured their attention. Ethereal vocals floating underneath innocent keys and synth loops, the best way to describe their sound is to take rave dance music and slow it right down and you get an idea. Shady Lane followed the same mould of ground indie pop/rock. There were moments where the band and the songs really clicked and there were moments it felt a bit formulated, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Overall, despite the small turn out, it was an enjoyable little night. I couldn’t think of a better way to escape the smell of the fires out west by catching some cool local bands. - AU Review

"Twin Lakes Feature"

CNS: Firstly, congratulations on the release of your debut single “Glacier.” Twin Lakes formed only one year ago and has already racked up a great following (including over 3000 likes on Facebook). Having only just released your debut single, how have you generated your strong fan-base?

EG: I think one of the main reasons for this is that we've been playing constantly throughout that time. We haven't stopped. I think in the space of a year we have done a total of nearly 50 shows throughout Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong. We also started giving out free demo cds at our shows which helped to spread the word. Plus we spent a bit of money on the old Facebook advertising which worked quite well.

CNS: You describe “Glacier” as a “kinetic, wintery song.” Can we expect future releases to follow this trend or perhaps explore some diversity?

EG: I'm a big fan of trying to never repeat myself when writing songs... The only rule I try to keep to is to construct melodies that really resonate emotion. I think we have a real diverse range of influences throughout our set at the moment. Without a doubt, you'll be hearing quite a diverse range of sounds coming from us in the not too distant future.

CNS: The production quality of “Glacier” is brilliant; how long did it take to perfect this single?

EG: It took a really long time.. The song went through quite a number of structural changes throughout its life. It was definitely a hard nut to crack that's for sure. I think the secret to getting something to sound good is to make sure it sounds great at the source. We recorded it in our home studio called Heavy Feet Studios. It's an amazing sounding room acoustically so I think that had a lot to do with the end product. We tracked it all completely live too so capturing a great performance of the song was an important factor also.

CNS: You've just released a single, launched a website and announced a tour for July/August. These are exciting times for Twin Lakes. What comes next for the band?

EG: Well we also have a pretty amazing video clip that was directed by Australian actor Richard Wilson that will be released with the song also, but for future plans beyond that, I think we will be focusing more on some new material. We'll also be working on our next single and an EP release to follow later in the year, so busy times ahead.

CNS: Do you believe Twin Lakes could become as big as your other band, The Seabellies?

EG: I think if we work hard enough anything is possible but I'm just taking it a day at a time. I think in this game success is all a matter of how well you have everything planned and how you execute it . Everything is a bonus at this stage. We're all having a ball doing what we're doing and that's the most important thing I think.

CNS: Finally, what can punters expect from Twin Lakes on the “Glacier tour?”

EG: We try our best to make every show as unique and special as possible. We use a HD projector live, to enhance the visual effect of the show which I think really enhances the music... If you like soaring guitars, passionate vocals and harmonies that will send tingles up your spine then you're in for a treat.

You can catch Twin Lakes at the Burdekin Hotel in Darlinghurst this Friday, July 5, or on the Glacier tour later this month

- See more at: - City and Sound

"Melissa Suggests: Twin Lakes"

When you hear about a relatively new band that lists their musical influences as Coldplay, Bon Iver, Band Of Horses, Radiohead, Foals, The National, The Dears, The Shins, and The Beach Boys (to name a handful) you just know that they’re worth checking out. Because if you’re like me and find beautiful music all of these inspirational artists, there’s just no way you can’t fall in love with Twin Lakes’ debut song ‘Glacier’. It really is inspired by some of the greats; you can just hear it.

Twin Lakes are new to the music scene; they got together in 2012, and after just one year together, they have been making a name for themselves all across Sydney and Newcastle, with most of the members of the band having studied music at school. Although these Aussies categorize themselves as Indie/Pop, I’d like to think (based on their one song- guys, I need more!) that they have many more genres coming through.

The song itself, which you can listen to on their Soundcloud below, is just really, really catchy. I want the song on my iPod so I can add it to my ‘Indie Awesomeness’ playlist (no really, that’s what it’s called) and just listen to it on repeat. It will be officially released on August 2nd through the A&R Department, so keep an eye out for it then! I was very excited to hear that ‘Glacier’ has a music video in the works. This can only mean more great things from Twin Lakes, who will undoubtedly have a solid career in the world of Indie/Pop music ahead of them.

“This kinetic, wintery song is your first taste of Twin Lakes. It’s your chance to submerge. It’s a stalactite to the heart.”

I really don’t think I could have said it better myself - Confront Magazine

"Twin Lakes Glacier"

Eddie Garven, better known as member of The Seabellies, has branched out in emphatic style with side-project Twin Lakes. Formed in Newcastle, mid-2012, Twin Lakes has evolved from an experimental live band into a shining prospect, releasing debut single “Glacier” and could potentially challenge the likes of The Seabellies in the near future.

“Glacier” is the first example of what the band describes as ‘tangled simplicity.’ Mixing eerie synth melodies over battling guitar, bass and drum rhythms, the band creates rich, full waves of sound. When Garven’s vocals are introduced, his voice acts as a surfboard, gliding smoothly over the ridges, exploring his range and timbre.

The backing vocals are a wonderful touch, complimenting the synth and paying testament to the layering/production work behind this track. Sounding similar to Dappled Cities and Morning Harvey, here’s hoping they achieve the same feats as these bands. - City and Sound

"reverb street press"

It was a quiet night at the Cambridge, but enough people to provide a good night at the pub with some local music. Twin Lakes are a relatively new act, with Seabellies’ bassist Eddie Garven as the lead vocalist and his brother Huw alongside him on the guitar. They have gained much hype in the past few months and this set did not disappoint with a heavy melodic list of songs that could be described as one part Silversun Pickups and one part Band of Horses. - Jamie Nelson


Newcastle indie-rock five piece Twin Lakes are today releasing their brand new single ‘Wolf Hall’.

‘Wolf Hall’ is the band’s third single, and is the latest cut from the band’s upcoming debut EP set for independent release early next year.

Admired for their ability to create melodic sounds comparable to the likes of The Shins, Band of Horses, and Silversun Pickups, Twin Lakes are set to be one of 2015’s most exciting upcoming indie-rock acts. - Tone Deaf

"CBB Chat With Twin Lakes"

Eddie from Twin Lakes kindly had a chat with Joannie! Read on for tour stories (including how the band found themselves on the wrong side of the law) and more.

New track ‘Glacier’ sounds quite different to the other tracks you’ve put out so far… Where did that change come from?

I’m not sure really. I guess when we write songs we really try to focus on keeping each song as different to the last as we can. We have a heap of sounds at our finger tips and we just keep going until we have something that sounds unique but still holds that overall Twin Lakes sound. I guess the change is not a conscious one but more of a natural progression.

Where does the name ‘Twin Lakes’ come from? Is there any special story behind it?

The name comes from the two lakes on the central coast that are sometimes called the twin lakes. Originally the band was called Outlands which never quite felt right – plus I found out was already taken by a few other bands around the globe so it needed to change. I first came across the name when I was driving back from Sydney after a gig and saw a sign on the freeway with the words Twin Lakes on it and thought it would be a cool name for a band. The weird thing is I’ve never been able to find that sign again since. It’s a bit of a mystery.

Who are your biggest influences?

I’m influenced by a lot of things, but I guess my main musical influences are any type of music with a strong emotional melody. I love the feeling you get from an emotionally driven song that sends tingles up your spine. Bands like Silversun Pickups, Band of Horses, Midlake, Radiohead and Bon Iver are perfect examples I think.

Is there anyone you’d like to support or tour with?

In a realistic level I would say Battleships or Snakadakdal would be amazing to tour with. I love what these guys are doing at the moment. But it would be a dream come true if we ever had the chance to play with any of the bands I said earlier.

I understand you guys are currently on the ‘Glacier Tour’ as celebration for the release of the single. How’s that going?

Really well… Every show so far has been really receptive which is great considering this is our first real tour. Definitely feels like we’re doing something right.

Any highlights of the tour so far?

I think playing to a packed room at Yah Yah’s in Melbourne was definitely pretty special.

Rumours abound that you guys have been getting into a bit of trouble with the law on the road recently. Any scandalous stories worth sharing?

Luck has definitely not been on our side that’s for sure. So far we’ve racked up two parking fines and a littering fine for smoking. We were up in Brisbane out drinking in Fortitude Valley when one of us were pulled up by a council guy who handed us a $220 littering fine for leaving a cigarette butt on the ground. He didn’t even make us pick it up either. I think it must have to be the most expensive cigarette ever. He has since been banned from smoking.

Does Twin Lakes have any pre-show rituals or routines?

Mostly tugging on Jake’s big bushy beard and trying to antagonise Sean about his sister’s boyfriend who is big bushy beard Jake.

What is Twin Lakes’ favourite activity to wind down after a show?

A nice hot cup of chai in front of the heater watching an episode of anything that will make me laugh always goes down a treat.

What was the inspiration for ‘Glacier’?

The song was inspired mostly by the darkness of depression. How it can creep in to your life and take hold of you without you knowing it. It’s about realising that there’s always somewhere or someone you can turn to.

The music video to ‘Glacier’ has just been released, did you guys have fun filming the clip – what was it like?

Yeah it was great fun.. We filmed it over two days in this creepy abandoned house in western Sydney. Was such a weird feeling rocking up to a set with such a big crew and realise everyone there is there to work on our clip. It was so surreal but an amazing experience.

With the great responses from your current single, will we be expecting a new single or EP soon?

Yes definitely.. I think you’ll be hearing another single before the end of the year for sure. I think this next one will have more of a brighter summery feel to it this time.

What is your favourite song of 2013 so far?

Hmm that’s a tough one. Probably so far it’ll have to be ‘In a Dream’ by High Highs. I really love the production on that track.

I hear that nature, particularly serene landscapes, inspires you. Is there a special place that you visit to write music?

When I write I really like to make my surroundings as inspirational as possible to get the creative juices flowing. I wrote a lot of the lyrics to these songs when I was over in Europe. I don’t think you can get a more inspirational surrounding than that.

We sure are excited for what Twin Lakes will bring to us in the future, where do you see Twin Lakes in 5 years time?

I hope just doing what we’re doing now but on a larger scale. My main goal with this project is to have fun so if that’s still happening in 5 years time that would make me very happy. - Casual Band Blogger


In their year together, Newcastle/Sydney band Twin Lakes have permeating the local music scene with layers of folk/rock. Their music has a pastoral resonance that nods to bands like The Dears, Doves, Silversun Pickups, Bon Iver, Band of Horses and Midlake. As it is currently Winter time in Sydney, we asked them where else in the world would they rather spend a winter. Here are Twin Lakes’ top five destinations:

New York
New York in the winter time would be an amazing place to be. I’ve been there once before and loved it. It was a couple of years ago and I got completely lost walking the streets with headphones on listening to music, it was quite an ordeal. I’d really love to come back here around Christmas time. The lights and sights would be such an amazing experience.

The Bolivian Uyuni Salt Flats
I love wide, baron, serene landscapes. Our music is very much created by the thoughts of these places. One place in particular that would be spectacular in the winter time would be the Bolivian Uyuni Salt Flats. Surrounded by the Andean mountains, this place in the wet season turns into a gigantic reflecting pool. Rain sweeps down covering the whole expanse, turning it into a huge reflecting desert. How amazing would it be to walk through a literal land of mirrors. There would be no comparison.

I was in the UK a couple of years back and spent a bit of time in Scotland. There is so much beauty in this place it was unbelievable. So much heritage and history tangled up in such a small place. Edinburgh is definitely one of the most amazing cities I’ve ever been to. And you really can’t find a better alternative to the sweeping landscape of the Highlands. Plus the beer is the best in the world.

La Rinconada
Isolation and fear are strong themes in our music. There’s a small mining town in the Peruvian Andes called La Rinconada that I’ve always wanted to visit. This remote town is considered the highest civilised place in the world and is one of the most isolated places on earth. It is constructed on a permanently frozen glacier, which is quite fitting really. It can only be reached by truck through winding perilous mountain roads. I have a huge fear of heights so I think getting to this place would be a real test for me.

I always enjoy finding and exploring new places. I love the feeling of wandering the streets of a foreign city and getting lost amongst its surroundings. The most unique city I have ever been to was Venice. It’s funny how much you get used to the sound of traffic in a city. It was such a strange experience to be in a city where there were no cars. Boats are the main form of transport here. The city is held together by a maze of streets and a mass of canals. Some of the most amazing music was written here too. It was quite a humbling experience. - Something you Said


During their time at Singaporean's Music Matters event, the AU review's Larry Heath took the time to have a chat to Newcastle Indie/Pop band, Twin Lakes over some Singaporean Laksa at the famous 328 Katong Laksa.
After just wrapping up some shows at Canadian Music Week, the band were really proud at how well-received their spin towards re-imagining their songs would translate to the Singaporean crowd, "This time we sort of changed it up a bit. It was a good thing to reimagine the songs in a different way and see how they translate. We played pretty much every night while we were there. It was pretty full-on but it was really, really positive the way people were getting into it."
After having done the CMW festival for the second time, playing at Singapore gave the band a cultural perspective on what the country was about. Nonetheless, all members spoke highly of taking any opportunity that becomes available to them, "We're always thinking about experience rather than the actual end outcome. I mean, it's a big costly thing to do but it's just more about the experience of it. We're definitely taking advantage of all the opportunities that come up and just rolling with it." Having done some international tours, going to a country that spoke a different language was a learning curve for all band members, "We struggled with the word 'receipt'."
In comparison to their last international tours, the band acknowledged that the Singapore people were warm and friendly and approached them more often than their Canadian audience. They all agreed that getting acknowledged for their music was something really rewarding, "We've met heaps of interesting new people and it's opened up our eyes on what we can do. It feels good, walking down the street and having people stopping to greet us - we must be doing something right."
Plans for the year are still in the process for Twin Lakes but a new EP for them is in the works and the band are hoping to have an Australian tour to promote it. Some overseas shows are in the cards too if an opportunity for it comes along, "We're sort of figuring out what we're gonna do next. We're still finalising our debut EP so we're just focusing on getting that one done and trying to reach out to our contacts and see what happens from there." - The AU Review

"Live Reviews — 5 Of The best: The most impressive performers from Music Matters 2015"

Music Weekly’s very own Luke James took to Singapore last week for the 10th edition of music conference Music Matters. The event featured 70 bands from 12 countries performing across a number of venues throughout the city. The result was that Singapore came to life. Music Matters is intended as a showcase for emerging bands which meant that the city was awash with talented musicians keen to prove their worth on an international platform. We count down bands and acts that impressed us the most.
Twin Lakes
Elevating themselves beyond a seemingly endless slew of mediocre indie pop offerings, this five piece from Newcastle immediately inspire comparison with bands like Bon Iver, Silversun Pickups and Doves. The echoing, shimmering vocals of Eddie Garven are reminiscent of a young Robert Smith whilst the haunting guitar licks and melodies will resonate with you for days. - Music Weekly Asia


With his old band Seabellies doing nothing in particular for more than a year, bass player Eddie Garven decides to give the frontman thing a go with a new project, Twin Lakes. As he tells AM’s Greg Phillips, he likes what he sees.

The last post on Newcastle indie rock band Seabellies’ Facebook page says ‘See the new year in with us @The lass’ (That’s the Lass O’Gowrie Hotel in Newcastle). That was at the end of 2012 and pretty much since that gig, the band has been on an indefinite hiatus. However, Seabellies’ bass player and backing vocalist Eddie Garven isn’t one to let his musical chops gather cobwebs. During 2014, Garven continued to tinker with some song ideas he’d been working on and is as surprised as anyone that he now fronts Twin Lakes, a five piece band playing his own music. Fast forward to Twin Lakes Facebook page in mid-January 2015 and you’ll discover a bunch of videos featuring this new band playing songs back at the Lass. It seems that this band has taken up the space vacated by Seabellies and is running with it enthusiastically. Twin Lakes’ sound carries some of the sonic elements of Seabellies too but certainly not enough to make any blatant comparisons. They have also been likened to The Shins, Silversun Pickups and Band of Horses.
“I’ve had these songs dancing around for a while,” explains Eddie of the new project. “I guess the whole band started with the down time of Seabellies. So I had these songs and thought … instead of sitting around and doing not much at all … I would get something together. It wasn’t totally planned. I got offered a gig and within a month we put it together and never looked back really. I thought if I don’t try it now and get out and do it, I’m probably never do it … so I jumped straight in. The sound is just a natural thing. I wasn’t over-thinking how the band would sound.”

For Garven, fronting and running a band has become one huge learning curve but a challenge he’s up for. “I definitely learned a lot about how to operate a band from Seabellies as far as promotion and setting things up,” he says. “It is different because we had a manager for Seabellies who pulled a lot of the strings. With Twin Lakes, it’s me working out how to do things step by step. I’m always interested in trying different things to see what works best. It’s a tricky science.”

The approach Garven is taking with the development of Twin Lakes is different indeed. Rather than release a single or two and then frantically take that next blind leap into an album, the Twin Lakes way is considerably calculated, yet at the same time more creative. Single by single, they are building towards an April EP release but each new tune is given time to breathe and filter into their fanbase. Additionally they involve their wider musician community, asking friends to remix each new song. It’s a ploy which has which has their social media followers waiting in anticipation to see who has done what with their music and the results have been fascinating. “I always find that interesting, to hand your song to someone else to rethink it and it always produces interesting results,” says Garven. The band’s current single is Wolf Hall with the remix created by Brisbane-based band Grand Pavilion. ““Wolf Hall is about the evil that can lie within us all,” says Garven of the single in the band’s bio. “Whether through our thoughts or actions, everyone is prone to some degree of evil or wicked behaviour. Wolf Hall is a metaphor for the place where this evil is brewed within our minds and either ignored or acted upon.”

More proof of Twin Lakes’ dedication to their fans is the heart and soul they put into the visual aspect of the band, both with their live show and the merchandise they make available. For many bands, both facets are afterthoughts but not Twin Lakes. “I’m always drawn to bands that when they put on a show, it’s not just them sitting up on a stage playing songs,” explains Eddie. “We always approach it from an experience point of view. We use live projections in our show. Obviously having the merch set up is another avenue of income too but we do all our own merch. We screen print the T-shirts and bags and make our own badges. I think it is important to do that early as part of your overall set up.”

The Twin Lakes musical personality is based around a multi-vocal, atmospheric, power pop formula and is created from a mixture of synth technology and old school guitars, amps and pedals. “We’re using a Roland 505 and we use that to MIDI into an old Casio keyboard. We also have a MicroKorg and a Roland module. There’s a lot of sounds in that little set up,” says Eddie. “I have a few different amps. The main one I am using is a Fender Blues Jnr, one of the relic re-issues and I use it with an 80s Telecaster. Pedal-wise, I have a pretty decent collection but I don’t use it much because I am mainly singing and playing accompanying guitar. We do swap during the set where the bass player will play my guitar and he’ll play a lot more lead stuff with my board. I have a Space Echo and a Digiverb, but it’s pretty basic really.”

At this point, a resurrection of Seabellies doesn’t seem to be on anyone’s radar, which leaves Garven free to explore his own musical ideas. “As far as I know, there is no real plan on what comes next,” he says of Seabellies. “It might be something down the track but at this point it is lying dormant for a while. I’m just focussing on this. I guess if it comes along again, we’ll start talking about it but at the moment there are no plans.”

The Garven plan is to keep releasing new songs, developing the band’s sound and having fun with it. “I just want to be travelling around playing music with people I want to spend time with and seeing where it takes us,” he says. “We are planning on getting to Canada again this year (Twin Lakes played Canadian Music Week last year). The ultimate goal is to release an album in the next couple of years.” - Australian Musician


Newcastle band Twin Lakes headed to Toronto for Canadian Music Week and have brought back this video that documents their adventures, travelling from Sydney, all the way to Toronto and back. The band will also be bringing you a more detailed look at their journey later in the week! But until then, enjoy this glimpse into the lives of a band on the road... - The AU Review

"PREMIERE Twin Lakes- Wolf Hall video clip"

Newcastle-bred indie-pop outfit Twin Lakes have taken a few cues from the great George Romero in their video for recent single Wolf Hall, the premiere of which we're proud to be hosting on today.

With a creepy air, capable make-up artist(s) and eerie idea behind them, the band self-produced the clip in the wake of the song's audio release late last year, tracking an increasingly panicked protagonist as the ambling undead, led by a man in an unsettling wolf mask, close in around him.

It's not too long till you can catch Twin Lakes in action, either — they're headed to Moonshine at Hotel Styne, in Manly, on Saturday, 7 February, for (ironically) something of a see-you-later; following their appearance, they'll be putting their noses to the grindstone to finish up work on their eagerly awaited EP.

Entry is free, and the band will be previewing some new songs for the faithful — but you should give Wolf Hall at least a few spins anyway to make sure you're ready to sing along with confidence come next month. - The Music

"Single Stream: Twin Lakes- Wolf Hall"

Newcastle's Twin Lakes recently took their latest single "Wolf Hall" on the road down the east coast, which was as much about celebrating their 2014 as it was about launching their new track. Debuting new band member Ben Russell, Twin Lakes are set to make a good impact in 2015, with their debut EP set to drop early in the year. "Wolf Hall" is a great marker of this direction, a captivating single I personally can't wait to see realised live (as well as others) as the year rolls out. - The AU Review

"Twin Lakes Release Third Single ‘Wolf Hall’"

Newcastle’s Twin Lakes have just dropped their third single ‘Wolf Hall’ ahead of their regional tour, kicking off this Friday. The track is part of their upcoming EP to be released independently early next year. The band kicks of their tour in their home city, going onto Canberra, Sydney and finally, Wollongong.

Front man Eddie Garven describes the latest track as a metaphor for an evil place. He says, “Wolf Hall is about the evil that can lie within us all. Whether through our thoughts or actions, everyone is prone to some degree of evil or wicked behaviour. Wolf Hall is a metaphor for the place where this evil is brewed within our minds and either ignored or acted upon.” - APHRA Mag


Indie pop five-piece Twin Lakes have released first single Wolf Hall off their upcoming debut EP that will be independently released early next year. Despite being the third single the band has to their name, Wolf Hall has the recognisable infectiously melodic sound with resonating dreamy vocals and guitar riffs floating throughout.

Wolf Hall is a shimmery, kinetic, fluttering and harmonic track that really invites you to dive in and float downstream. Each of Twin Lakes preceding tracks have the similar auditory experience. Dreamily uplifting yet emotionally thoughtful, the upcoming band are certainly cementing a solid sound for themselves; a sound not dissimilar to the likes of The Shins, Band of Horses, Beach House and Foals.

Front man Eddie Garven describes Wolf Hall as a metaphor for an evil place. “Wolf Hall is about the evil that can lie within us all.” he says. “Whether through our thoughts or actions, everyone is prone to some degree of evil or wicked behaviour. Wolf Hall is a metaphor for the place where this evil is brewed within our minds and either ignored or acted upon.”

The way the song pulls you into a safe fantasy world is enchanting, but the lyrics are still laden with emotional depth. - Semplesize

"Twin Lakes – Wolf Hall Single"

Wolf Hall is the third single from Newcastle newcomers Twin Lakes and is set to appear on their upcoming debut EP due out early 2015. Although the band claims influences from overseas acts like The Shins and Silversun Pickups, the jangly guitar leads, echoing reverb and Eddie Garven’s emotional vocals feel descendent, at least spiritually, from Aussie pop acts like Something for Kate or The Church. Garven describes the single as ‘a metaphor for the place where… evil is brewed within our minds and either ignored or acted upon”. While this track is considerably more restrained than their 2013 debut Glacier or its follow-up The Ageing Field, it’s clear the band is honing their pop sensibilities. The melodies on Wolf Hall are definitely stronger, if a little repetitive, and give a good indication that the band may well have a bright future once their long-awaited EP drops. - Vicious Children

"Twin Lakes // Wolf Hall [video]"

Sydney 5-piece, Twin Lakes, have a busy summer ahead of them. They're set to play Canadian Music Week and Music Matters Live in Singapore, or wherever the road might take them. Check out this dark video for 'Wolf Hall'. - PORTRAITS OF SOUND

"Newcastle’s Twin Lakes Cap Off Bumper Year with “Wolf Hall” Release"

Twin Lakes might not have grabbed headlines yet, but this independent Newcastle act is definitely going places.
They’ve just released their third single of 2014, “Wolf Hall,” which is a wonderfully accessible slice of pop-rock. Along with “Glacier” and “The Ageing Field,” it’ll feature on a debut EP next year. Twin Lakes also earned a spot at Canadian Music Week and the Aussie BBQ, where they played alongside esteemed acts like You Am I. And somewhere in there they found time to make their own music videos and finalise the deals of their debut EP. - Sounds of Oz

"Weekly Playlist!"

I’m only new to Twin Lakes, but I’m really enjoying the chilled vibes in this tune. The gorgeous vocals are gorgeous and so rich, while the melody is catchy and really enticing. I’m not so big on indie rock, but I really like this and I think you will too. - Howl and Echoes

"Music: Wolf Hall by Twin Lakes – Newcastle/Sydney, Australia"

Why did you select this song as your current single?
We selected this song because it was quite different to the other singles we had released so far. Furthermore, we felt it showed a side of us that people would find interesting and intriguing.
How does this single relate to the rest of the EP?
This song is quite different to all the other tracks in terms of style but still has that underlining link of melody and emotion that is evident in every song on the EP. It takes you in a slightly different direction but still stays close to what we are, which is an indie pop band.
What was the writing process for the song?
The track was written around the original idea of the verse. I came up with the chords one day when I was mucking around with another song. It all just progressed from there. It has ended up quite different from it’s original demo form though. I guess that’s what naturally happens when a song is pushed through the band machine. It comes out sounding quite different at the other end which is always a good thing but not always an easy journey.
What does this song’s lyric mean to you?
The lyrics of this song is based around the idea that evil in one form or another dwells within us all. We can either act upon it or ignore it but it always rears its ugly head at some point. The song tells the story of two characters, one a psychotic killer and the other a deeply depressed individual who has given up on life and is welcoming death. The song progresses to the point where the two finally meet and the killer takes the life of the other but the other in her desperate time of death decides that she wants to live but only to realise it’s too late.
What would it be like seeing you in person performing this song?
It would be pretty trippy seeing myself onstage and being in the audience at the same time. It would be quite a surreal experience indeed. I’d definitely be my own worse critique though, might even throw a few bottles. But it would be like the best thing ever cause I’m that good, or that’s what people keep telling me ;)
Could your fans summarize who you are as an artist by this song?
I think they could. I like to think of our music as infectiously melodic with tangled simplicity and I think this track hits that pretty well. Although I think it’s a pretty hard task to summarize us in general with just one song but I’m pretty sure if anyone was to hear this song they’d be pretty confident of what the rest of our stuff would sound like hopefully.
Is there a video planned and or completed and if so what was the idea behind the video?
Yep we just released the video just recently. The idea behind the video was quite simple. I love horror movies and thought the theme of the song would lend itself nicely to a horror theme. It basically deals with the idea of a zombie infested forest and being chased down by your fears and finally coming face to face with them. You can view it here.
One last question, what is your motivation behind your music?
Our motivation behind our music is always enjoyment. We try to create music that is appealing and interesting to us and present in a way that is hopefully engaging and intriguing to others. We always try and keep to the no expectations rule and work as hard as we can to create music that we’re proud of. Everything else that happens as a result is a bonus. - iMoveiLive

"Wolf Hall by Twin Lakes"

It is easy to categorise Twin Lakes as a wholesome and worthy band – for they are – but “Wolf Hall” suggests that they have dramatic motivations that will allow them to scale up and escape the size limitations inherent to indie pop. They are a band that deserves to go large. - Blues Bunny

"Twin Lakes set sail exploring"

ALTHOUGH their name may be new, Newcastle indie project Twin Lakes are well acquainted with the music industry.

The music of the five-piece, led by brothers Huw and Eddie Garven, joined by Sean Kelleher, new member Ben Russell and Dan Pavez, is being played to an international audience even before the release of their debut five-song EP early next year.

Eddie Garven tells Weekender the new outfit has so far been a chance for the experienced musicians, alumni from other Newcastle indie acts like Seabellies, to be more experimental.

‘‘Each song was sort of approached in a different way recording-wise, just experimenting with different things to see what works and what doesn’t,’’ Garven explains.

‘‘We’ve recorded all the tracks ourselves, but we haven’t really used a professional studio, so they’re all home recordings.’’

Lead single Wolf Hall, which is on circulation on college radio in the US, was mixed by Philadelphia Grand Jury frontman Simon Berckelman in his Berlin studios.

‘‘It’s sort of like a metaphor for the space in your mind where all the bad thoughts come in,’’ Garven says. ‘‘So I based it around that idea with the lyrics – I like the idea of having that juxtaposition of the dark lyrics with the brighter music.’’

Garven, who teaches guitar at a school in Newcastle, says his previous music experience gave him an idea of where to go with Twin Lakes.

‘‘It definitely opened my eyes to the different ways you can create something and get it out there,’’ he says. - Newcastle Herald


We love Twin Lakes. The Australian boys have already written a bunch of catchy songs, and we think that they’re only going to get bigger and better. We caught up with them to chat about playing live, their new single and the brilliance of The Shins.

You can listen to their new single Wolf Hall by clicking the icon on the photo.

How would you describe your music for people who don’t know you?

We’re a five-piece indie pop band from Newcastle, Australia. We write catchy, melodic indie pop tunes with deep emotional content. Think Band of Horses meets Silversun Pickups.

You’ve just released your new single Wolf Hall – was it easy to write and record?

The music itself didn’t take long to write, but the lyrics took a while longer. The recording took ages! It was an on and off type affair over several months, and we did it in various different recording spaces in our home town of Newcaste. We took a different approach with this track compared to our other two singles; we recorded this one track by track, layering as we went, whereas the other singles were recorded predominately live, so it was an interesting contrast. The vocals were quite a challenge, too – I had to redo them three times before we got them right.

Can you describe it for us?

The song is about evil and how it affects us in different ways. I used Wolf Hall as a metaphor for the place in our mind where evil thoughts are created and either ignored or acted upon. The song deals with two separate narratives – one is a women who has given up on life, and the other is a psychopathic killer. The song portrays these two characters and their ways of life, and they finally meet in the end, where the killer takes the life of the women. It’s at this time that she realises that this is not what she wants, but it’s too late for her to change it.

When can we expect to hear something new from you guys?

Our debut EP will be released sometime next year, so it’s not long until you’ll be hearing more from us! We’ll also be releasing the music video to Wolf Hall very soon.

Out of all your songs, which is your favourite?

Hmm, that’s a tough question. I’d probably say our debut single Glacier. I love its simplicity in its chord structure, as well as the overall eeriness of the music. I’m particularly proud of the lyrics, too.

What’s your favourite song to play live?

I’d have to say Lost Mirrors, which will be released on our debut EP. It starts out very minimal, but it ends in an epic way.It’s always a thrill to play live.

What’s the best thing about playing live?

The uncertainty of what’s going to happen next. I love the interaction between band and the crowd and how each effects the other. It’s a special connection that can’t be matched.

Which song do you wish you’d written?

I’m Only Sleeping by The Beatles.

Who’s your ultimate musical icon and why?

James Mercer from The Shins. I just love the way he constructs songs. His use of melody and lyrics is unparalleled, and the fact that he is so consistent with the quality of everything he’s been involved with is phenomenal.

What are your plans and hopes for the next year?

Our plan for the next year is basically to finish off the recording of the EP, to write new songs and to play more shows. This will hopefully help us with building our profile more in the process.

Describe yourself in three words?

Dedicated, Soulful and Emotional. - One on One

"Twin Lakes"

With a ton of indie-insert-another-popular-genre-here out there on the market, it’s tough to find the ones you’ll actually like. It seems like the word “indie” is thrown in front of someone that “they” don’t want to call pop. Now, there’s nothing wrong with pop – it’s popular music meaning people generally like it. So, it seems that indie is becoming the new pop, but we’re afraid to call it that for some reason. But then you have bands like Twin Lakes. As a self-proclaimed indie-pop band, they’ve really encompassed that title. The music is something mainstream appealing enough that it should probably already be on the radio, but it’s not necessarily blatant, in your face, sing along with your radio pop. Twin Lakes is a band that gives you popular music with a little extra character and feeling.

The vocals are unique. There’s a thickness to the voice that’s singing to you, but it’s never muddy. There’s a bit of range, too. The higher notes ring clear and supported before dropping back to that thick tone that sets the mood for all of their songs.

Sometimes the songs sound busy, like they would be difficult to pull off live without turning into a murky mess. However, the recordings are done expertly. This is especially true of the song “Wolf Hall.” Those viscous vocals are there, but if you listen closely, you can also hear a guitar doing it’s own thing. It’s a guitar part that is constantly playing. It’s not necessarily the rhythm guitar, but it doesn’t stick out enough to be the lead, either. There’s this underlying strumming and plucking that adds an extra personality to the song, but it doesn’t take control of the song or push the other instruments away. This is a perfectly blended in instrument that plays well with others and adds a little punch to the song as a whole. - Creative Control

"INTERVIEW: Twin Lakes"

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Yeah we’ve been great. Keeping busy that’s for sure.

So you folks recently released a new single ¨Wolf Hall¨ – can you tell us more about the song´s background story?
Yeah for sure. The song was written around this idea of where evil and bad behavior stems from within our minds. It deals with the down points of what our mind can speak to us and how it can effect our lives and the people around us if acted upon. It’s about getting to that crossroad of either acting upon it, ignoring it or trying to fix it. Wolf Hall is like a metaphor for this place.

Let´s talk about your new EP – what´s the story behind the title?
The ep is tentatively titled “Ruins” at this stage but still not set in stone. All the songs have pretty dark thematic material attached to them so the title has to some how encapsulate then and I think the name “Ruins” sits well I think.

Can you talk to us more about the recording and writing process?
The songs always start off with a particular idea or skeleton which is then fleshed out by the band. We demo each song once we’re all happy with how it sounds, which can take quite a while in some cases. Then once we’ve lived with the demos for a while we head back into the studio and perfect the sounds with any changes we decide on, then go from there.

We’ve had a slightly different approach for each song that we’ve released so far and will continue with each track on the ep. With each track we’ve experimented with different ways of recording which has been a great learning experience for us to see what really works and what doesn’t work so well.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics in this ep?
It’s a mixture of personal experience and experiences of others and how they affect me and the people around me. I get a lot of inspiration from books too plus movies and tv shows are also a good source of inspiration. Basically anything that makes me think in a different way than I usually would.

Your music have been compared to Radiohead and Silversun Pickups – did any of those bands played a role in the ep´s sound?
I think they did in some way. You can’t help but let your influences rub off onto you in some way through the creative process. We definitely didn’t start off anything with the idea of creating a Radiohead song or anything like that. I think more so the vibe of these bands are more evident in the songs than anything else.

Will you be hitting the road this year?
What else is happening next in Twin Lakes´ world?

We have a short run of local shows in Australia starting in mid December to help launch the single. We’ll be releasing the Wolf Hall video clip in the next couple of weeks too. Then we’re going to spend the first bit of next year perfecting the other tracks for the ep. So still plenty of exciting stuff to look forward to. - Vents Magazine

"CMW brought Sounds Australia to the Horseshoe"

Twin Lakes was the next band in the bag, with their album Ageing Fields. Twin Lakes has a heavy electronic-synthesizer influence, but it’s done with subtlety. Rather than being bombarded with electronic sounds the synthesizer serves as more of a highlight for the vocals than anything.

The result is an almost trance-pop hybrid. It is difficult to listen to Twin Lakes without being slightly reminded of Gotye. They also put on a great live show, friendly and humble with a full set. - Martyr Magazine

"Q & A With Australian Indie Pop Band – Twin Lakes"

Q. Where are you from?

A. We’re all from Newcastle, Australia which is a coastal city about 2 hours drive north of Sydney.

Q. How do you feel about the present state of the music industry?

A. I think it’s easy to feel pretty bad about the present state of the music industry in terms of sales and what not, But to be honest, I think it’s one of the most exciting times to be apart of it. There’s just so many ways to get your music heard now which may not result in record breaking sales but does wonders for getting your name and music out there. There are so many bands out there who would never have gotten the attention they have now if it wasn’t for the internet. So I think it’s quite an exciting time because you just don’t know what’s going to happen next and how it will effect you. It’s about setting the trends and not following them, being interesting, unique and intriguing. There’s just so much potential, you just have to find out how it can work for you, which can be quite frustrating but a nut we’re willing to crack.

Q. Does going gold or platinum matter to you?

A. No not really. Our main concern with music is to create songs that are interesting and challenging to us and packaging them in a way that will be hopefully stimulating and captivating for others. If the result is gold or platinum sales, then great, but it’s not our number one concern or drive. As long as the music stays true to us and is fun to do, then that’s all that matters I think.

Q. Would you prefer to be independent or signed to a major?

A. I think independent is the way for us. I was in another band a while back and we pretty much did everything we could in hope of signing to a major and it basically sucked all the joy out of everything we did cause we were trying fit ourselves into too many different molds that people wanted us to be. Independent all the way I say. That way you can stay completely true to your own intentions and answer to no one but ourselves.

Q. What are you currently working on and how can the people find you?

A. We’re currently working on finishing our debut EP, which we’re hoping to release in April sometime. But keep a look out for one of our shows up or down the east coast of Australia though. If you’re searching for us online you’re best to find us at our Facebook page ( or our YouTube channel ( Or if you want to get really close and personal you can sign up to our mailing list through our website ( - Hood Critic Magazine


Local five-piece Twin Lakes have just released the official clip for their latest single ‘Glacier’, and it’s kinda like the world’s worst school formal, but, you know, in a great way.
Surrealist symbolism explodes all over the walls of a haunted house as a prom dressed beauty meets ghouls and Dali references. All of this swirls beneath a transparent kaleidoscope of colourful flora and fauna, and, actually, enough from me. I can’t even begin to explain the action – it’s pretty wild.
These are, however, perfectly apt visuals for Twin Lakes’ brand of spooky indie pop. Enjoy! - Groupie


Glacier- Single
The Ageing Field- Single



Good music grasps your attention. But incredible, timeless music pulls you inside it. The songs of Twin Lakes are an absorbing volume of emotional depth. Each melody is a pool in which to drift and drown. Echoed, haunting guitar intros and dynamic drumming arrive at the ears as if passed through the surface of water, arousing the synapses, and inviting you into an immersive sonic landscape. Shimmering, atmospheric and taut melodies lead you to the edge before some small inflection – a single note or harmonic moment – forces you to dive in. The aching, nuanced voice of Eddie Garven is the current that draws you beneath.
Born in the suburbs of Newcastle, during downtime for Garven’s other group, Seabellies, Twin Lakes existed in the ether as home recordings of coalesced ideas. But when an offer arrived for Twin Lakes to play a live performance, the singer and guitarist decided that it was time for his project to take the next step.
Garven brought together a group of accomplished musicians. Twin Lakes sees Garven work with his brother, guitarist and vocalist Huw. On bass and backing vocals is Dan Pavez. On keys, bass, vocal and engineering/production duties is Ben Russell. On drums is Sean Kelleher, a fellow Seabellies member.
Since forming, the band have managed to produce quite an impressive list of accolades including a semi final listing in the 2013 International Songwriting Competetion for their debut single 'Glacier'. They also showcased at 2014's Canadian Music Week in Toronto, Canada which included such acts as Tegan and Sara, City and Colour and Ellie Goulding. This is all off the back of just two singles. 
The band is set to release their third single 'Wolf Hall' in November with their debut ep slated for release in 2015. 

Band Members