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"Q Review- 4 stars ('Q top 10')"

If mainman Jason MacPhail looks like a younger, cuter Bobby Gillespie, then V-Twin's 'The Blues is a Minefield' is the aural equivalent. They take MC5-esque garage rock (occasionally abetted by Royal Trux's Neil Hagerty), add a dash of dark electronics (from Scream associate Jagz Kooner) and, most audaciously, a squall of jazz horns courtesy of fellow Glaswegian Bill Wells. However, tunes are never sacrificed at this dark altar: The Emperor is Dead and Across the Lanes are blissful and cacophonous in a way thatmakes this the truefollow-up to Screamadelica. - Emap

"Mojo review"

'The Blues is a Minefield' is a record whose blinding galactic ambitions are a constant source of wonder. And, importantly, there's nothing in your record collection quite like it. - IPC

"Time Out London review"

Scuzzed and scorched, cocaine rock- and- roll broken blues from the lesser-spotted but much- regarded Glasgow collective. This is music that didn't come home the night before- easy listening it ain't- but raw and beautiful live. - Time Out

"NME live review @ Glasgow CCA"

There are many highlights from their debut album 'The Blues is A Minefield' on display tonight. 'Needle in the Red'throbs likesleazy filth-rock should, while 'Across the Lanes' is a big-pupilled 'Screamadelica' throwback. - IPC


Still working on that hot first release.


Feeling a bit camera shy


V-Twin welcome you to the jungle.....The eagerly awaited follow up to The Twin's critically acclaimed debut 'The Blues is a Minefield', released last year via the uber-hip Domino Records, is finally with you. Andrew Loog Oldham is on production duties, and rode the sucker home, it is very satisfying indeed.

For those of you who missed the circus, ALO turned up in London, all the way from his fortress in Bogota, Colombia, to see the youngsters cut it live after hearing them on Radio Bogota. Andrew was blown away by the performance- THAT accoding to Mr. Satisfaction was Rock 'n' Roll. Time was booked immediately to record the follow up in Glasgow and Vancouver. Why Vancouver? Aerosmith recorded all their million sellers there stooopid. Oh yeah, it was polished up, as one does, " in a little studio on the jungle border of Equador and Vancouver, darling."
The mission was simply to coax the boys from their opium den and expand on the songwriting talent seen on their debut. If 'The Blues' was their 'Magnum Dopus', then this was to be their ear-friendly equivalent, a consolidated, more streamlined affair.
Most bands try in vain to expand on their debut and fail. Not The Twin. Knowing that their imaginative boundaries could not be pushed further than in 'The Blues', they did the opposite and it has worked a treat.
What you have in your hands is a V-Loog classic. It is the sound of the jungle and the disco strip-sleaze of Vancouver, oh yes, and don't forget the army of Chinese Herbalists, Andrew insisted that acupuncture was the way forward! Who are we to argue?
Now as The Twin play out their reality, the story is reassuringly no less surreal. Please enjoy once more the sound of the road less travelled.