If only we could say goodbye to the summer. I’m writing this in the dead of winter, Sunday 14th February to be precise, and there’s snow everywhere. You might be hitting springtime as you read this, but these wee previews are delayed sometimes. Where I am now it’s cold and bleak, there’s snow turning to slush, and worst of all, it’s Valentine’s Day. Yeowk!

Still, there’s Man Utd on TV and I’m listening to Stevie Agnew playing live; headphones on, laptop tuned to Facebook, and Stevie’s Sunday Sesh in full flow. I think Stevie’s been working on his audience banter and the music is brilliant. Liam Saunders is on the keyboard, although I can only see his hands, and Hamish and Kyle are off-camera in the background somewhere. I’ll be tuning in again next week. First class entertainment.

That’s Stevie finished. No offence, Stevie, time for TwinsTown.

Click on media player, play… Say Goodbye to the Summer is on my headphones now. It begins with Wayne and Mark, a strong double beat on drums and keys respectively, before fuzzy guitar work, melody and verse one.

Once upon a time I was fine

I knew exactly what I wanted to do

Stop, won’t you pause and rewind

Cos lately, lately, lately I haven’t got a clue

Say goodbye to the summer…

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The superb 40 second intro, quite long for TwinsTown, is followed by a well structured, tuneful and fairly conventional indie pop song.

As The KLF say, “to the bridge, to the bridge, to the bridge now”.

There’s no more sunsets in your eyes

There’s no more drinking ’til the early sunrise

No more Monday morning long lies

You’re out of holidays and alibis!

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In 1988 The KLF wrote a book called The Manual (How to Have a Number One the Easy Way), however TwinsTown are taking no shortcuts. Say Goodbye to the Summer demonstrates how TwinsTown have worked long and hard to develop their talents. I suppose the trick is to make it look simple.

Say Goodbye to the Summer is track 10 on Brankholm Brae the stunning debut album from TwinsTown.

The deceptive complexity of Say Goodbye to the Summer is also revealed in the chorus as it points to a deeper meaning.

Say goodbye to the summer

Say goodbye to the sun

Say goodbye to the summer

Say goodbye to everyone

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The last line of the chorus, “Say goodbye to everyone,” makes me wonder; is this a simple goodbye to the summer, or is this someone on their last knockings, the summer being a metaphor for life.

I suppose I’ll never know. It’s not as if I can just phone these superstars up and ask. They’re busy out sledging and building snowmen today.

Say Goodbye to the Summer follows Dive In, Lo Siento and Wrath of the Rum on Brankholm Brae, the stunning debut album from TwinsTown.

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Brankholm Brae the stunning debut album from TwinsTown to be released this year, 2021. The exact date will be decided shortly.

52 Years a Par, the mostly black and white version of the Brankholm Brae cover art by local Dunfermline artist and toun legend, Jack Paton.

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Jackie Milburn was Newcastle United’s first iconic number 9. TwinsTown’s first iconic number 9 is, appropriately, Wrath of the Rum. For the Young ‘uns who don’t know of Wor Jackie, think Alan Shearer. For Pars fans we have Charlie Dickson and John Watson.

Yes, Wrath of the Rum is THE iconic centre-forward of TwinsTown songs. Track 9 on Brankholm Brae is scattering defenders and scoring sonic goals for fun.

Wrath of the Rum, a classic TwinsTown anthem, shoulder-charging its way to become Brankholm Brae’s iconic track 9. The first name on the team sheet.

Some might say too much fun. Not me. I love it.

It’s the good and the bad

I feel cheap and I’m sad

And the ugly

I’m a creep and I’m mad

They’re all part of me

What a weekend we had

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It starts with arguably the greatest ever TwinsTown pop reference, it’s my favourite film starring Lee Van Cleef (Clint Eastwood was in it too), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Yabba dabba doo! Yes, it’s even better than the opening on Last Romance featuring The Flintstones.

When the chorus kicks in you kinda know it’s the wild wild west of Fife, not Tombstone, Arizona, but who’d have guessed Wellwood!?

Well well Wellwood

You think I’m misunderstood

Don’t you ever say no

Now I’m pished and I’m rude

To the devil you know

I threw my fist I felt good

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Someone told me that, alongside pop accessibility and ironic posturing, indie rock is supposed to be authentic. Well, we have Johnny Depp for the ironic posturing and Dive In for pop accessibility. Wrath of the Rum is authentic.

It’s the wrath of the Rum

I just rattled someone

Got me under his thumb

But the battle ain’t won

He’s the Devil in me

Feel the wrath of my rum

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Of course, for legal reasons, we have to point out that this is purely a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, events and incidents are the products of the authors’ imaginations. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

Oaft, glad I remembered to say that. What’s that you’re saying about law suits from Sergio Leone and Fred Flintstone?

Wrath of the Rum follows Dive In and Lo Siento on Side Two of Brankholm Brae, the stunning debut album from TwinsTown.

As you can see above, we’re only at the midpoint of Side Two on Brankholm Brae. We may have peaked too soon.

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Brankholm Brae, the stunning debut album from TwinsTown, offering drama all the way to the final whistle. No leaving early to beat the rush. Traipse out slowly to the Bluebell Polka with the rest of us.

Actually, a Trainspotting ending to this wee preview is probably better.

“Right, that boy got rattled, and no cunt leaves ’til I find oot whit cunt did it…”

Quick Donald, run for it!

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Is Lo Siento a love song? I don’t know. I don’t speak Spanish.

Lo Siento is track 8 on TwinsTown’s stunning debut album, Brankholm Brae.

What I do know is that Lo Siento captures what it’s like to be a twentysomething on a Mediterranean holiday. And yes, I can remember what it’s like, thank you very much!

Actually, as I write this I have Top of the Pops on in the background, an episode from 1990, and Betty Boo is singing Where are you Baby? It fair takes me back…

I see Elton John was at no.11 that week with Sacrifice… and that’s me… back in TwinsTown. Please step away from the piano, Donald.

Lo Siento is an unassuming wee number hiding a dark heart about the perils of boys abroad and holiday encounters from the romantic to the, well, not so romantic.

Hiding behind booming love anthem Dive In as Brankholm Brae’s track 8, Lo Siento takes a wee walk on the wild side in an un-named Spanish resort.

I hate those ‘Brits Abroad’ type shows but this is more Britpop abroad, a very British coming-of-age tale; shedding school days angst for sexy señoritas and braggadocios.

Musically, it’s less Walk on the Wild Side with Lou Reed and more Wild World with Cat Stevens. There’s a wee hint of Spanish guitar and a flamenco feel as the song flirts with the mellow sounds of the seventies.

At a first listen, I thought, this has ‘album track’ written all over it, and that may be, however after several listens it becomes as interesting musically as it is lyrically. There’s much more going on here than you first imagine.

In conclusion, I’m not sure how the twins even got to Spain… Stuart only scoring a 7 in Geography, FFS!

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52 años a Par, la versión casi en blanco y negro de la portada de Jack Paton para Brankholm Brae de TwinsTown.

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Dive In delivers a spritely start to Side Two of Brankholm Brae, the stunning debut album from TwinsTown.

The song was created when Donald Mackay, Ben Sharp, and Ben’s two friends, were jamming. Ben had the chords but had to leave. Donald offered to write a song with Ben’s chords, and Dive In was almost done and dusted when Ben returned.

It’s funny how the best songs can take the shortest time. I was talking on here recently about Phil Oakey of the Human League and Giorgio Moroder writing Together in Electric Dreams in just 10 minutes. Later, Oakey complained, albeit tongue in cheek, that Human League songs taking weeks or months enjoyed less chart success.

Dive In is track 7 on Brankholm Brae. Opening Side Two of TwinsTown’s debut album with a bang!

I first heard Dive In via Facebook Live. It was an impromptu performance in Harry’s back garden, and I loved the hook, “…plenty more fish in the sea,” which was added by Stuart Mackay to fully complete Donald’s earlier work with Ben’s chords. Great effort, Team TwinsTown!

Dive in into my mind to find some new people

Leaving my past behind because I don’t need another sequel

Dive in for me I’m a shark in the water

There’s plenty more fish in the sea

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Side One ends with the optimism of Big Heart and Dive In opens Side Two with a similar look at the upside of love and romance.

Dive In follows Big Heart, the last song on Side One of TwinsTown’s Brankholm Brae.

Musically, the song is tight. It pushes along at pace, a steady, unrelenting pace all the way to the bridge, before climaxing with guitar, keys and drums finally breaking out. It’s both conventional and satisfying. It’s TwinsTown plays pop.

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Last night band manager Billy George aka Big Daddy gave the band a boost via WhatsApp.

He said: “You know what lads. I genuinely think this album [Brankholm Brae] is the best I’ve heard in many a year. I’m not saying this lightly. I’d like to congratulate each and every one of you. I’ve listened to it 3 times in a row with headphones on and it’s just an unrelenting work of joy. ❤️❤️”

“It’s got a bit of everything. Sacks full of melody, great lyrics, beautiful harmonies, awesome beats, booming bass, jazzy keyboards and walls and walls of guitar genius.”

Needless to say Big Daddy’s love was returned in spades by all.

Happy days for TwinsTown.

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Side One ends with Big Heart featuring my favourite bass line on Brankholm Brae, the stunning debut album from Dunfermline indie rockers TwinsTown. I had the pleasure of being there, at Tpot Studios, as Harry Dixon was laying down the bass. The versatile guitar man looked stressed, although his playing was unaffected and the end result is excellent.

Big Heart is track 6. on 12-track Brankholm Brae, the stunning debut album from TwinsTown.

Top producer Robin Wynn Evans, owner of Tpot Studios, recently completed the final mixes of all 12 tracks and Harry’s work on Big Heart shines.

Harry, best known as a lead guitarist, who likes to “FLARE IT!” giving his pedals laldy, seems concerned and self-conscious on bass, but he doesn’t disappoint.

Harry aside, the other TwinsTown boys aren’t too shabby either and I love the Big Heart lyrics.

You’ve got a big heart

What’s the use, it’s been nothing but heartache and abuse

You’ve got a big heart but you don’t use it

It’s been nothing but a burden and nuisance

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Yes, TwinsTown have a sensitive side. Big Heart tells us they’re all lovely, sensitive wee souls, fragile in the face of heartbreak and lost love. It comes like an antidote to the proceeding song Johnny Depp and ultimately looks on the brightside.

Big Heart completes Side One on Brankholm Brae, following Something New and Johnny Depp.

For the sake of brevity (Big Heart is one of Donald and Stuart’s longest reads) I can’t reproduce all the lyrics here. However, trust me, the lads are pouring their hearts out and on tender hooks everyday.

You’ve got a big heart, open up and let it loose

Your keeping it tighter than a knot in a noose

You’ve got a big heart but you’ve no patience your pulse has done a runner on another palpitation!!!

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The Big Heart exclamation marks are the songwriters’ own work and they make me think happy endings are a surprise in the works of TwinsTown. Anyway, surprise, surprise, here comes the sun, it’s the optimistic song ending…

Get high on a Monday, fly onto Sunday, try and maybe one day I’ll,

I’ll get by!!!

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Okay, just getting by isn’t the happiest of happy endings but in the context of completing Side One it’s positively glowing.

Welcome to my World is full of betrayal and trauma. Spitfire is war; a rockin’ anti-Nazi classic. Johnny Depp reminds us there’s a world of abuse and calculating narcissists out there.

TwinsTown’s Brankholm Brae Side One.

Then comes Big Heart sending love and kisses to all, and hope, don’t forget hope. Let’s hope Side Two can live up to the rollercoaster ride that is Side One.

Helter Skelter!

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52 Years a Par, the mostly black and white version of the cover art for TwinsTown’s Brankholm Brae.

Brankholm Brae, the stunning debut album from TwinsTown, is out of the studio, Tpot Studios, Path of Condie, to be exact, and publishing plans are ongoing.

TwinsTown’s Brankholm Brae Side One in road signs.

In case you’re wondering why I have wee road signs for the songs, Brankholm Brae is a road in Rosyth and we expect the cover art for the back of the album to be a photograph of the whole band pictured with the actual Brankholm Brae road sign. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 I can’t get everyone together for a photoshoot. My camera is snapping lonely snowdrifts and the like.

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As I suspected when posting yesterday, the final master mixes for TwinsTown’s Brankholm Brae arrived last night.

Appropriate really, as the next song to be previewed here is track 4. Something New and it’s the song introducing the band’s current line up, featuring Mark Guyan, Wayne Robertson and Harry Dixon.

The twins are back, that’s a matter of fact

And they’re back with Mark and The Wasp and The Duke

What you see is what you get

And what you hear man, you’ll never forget

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Along with Wayne on drums and Harry on guitar, piano man Mark Guyan has added a touch of class to proceedings, a whole new dimension.

I had a wee listen to the new mixes on arrival but I’ll be blasting them later today.

On Something New one wee update incorporated by producer Robin at Tpot is making Harry’s “Flare it!” shouts a bit more prominent.

The green light on Brankholm Brae is drawing ever closer.

Something New introduces TwinsTown’s new line up for the recording of debut album Brankholm Brae. Green light coming soon.

Something New also finds Donald and Stuart dreaming of good times to come. Given our current Covid-19 crisis I think we all need the power of dreams right now. Something New either already is, or will be, a reality for many of us during 2021, and hopefully it’ll be something good.

All the best from TwinsTown.

Something New is track 4. on TwinsTown’s forthcoming debut album Brankholm Brae.

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The third track on Brankholm Brae, TwinsTown’s stunning debut album, is Last Romance and it has a cracking intro.

Barefoot, we were walking down The Glen like The Flintsones

Singing “yabba-dabba-doo!”

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TwinsTown love a pop culture reference and as a fan of The Flintstones I have a yabba-dabba-doo time whenever Last Romance kicks in.

Fred Flintstone first came to our screens in the early 1960s and, beyond the intro, Last Romance continues the sixties feel with a storyline inspired by Neil Simon’s romantic comedy Barefoot in the Park.

Barefoot, a massive hit on Broadway, was turned into a 1967 feature film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.

Redford’s uptight lawyer doesn’t know which way to turn as freewheeling Fonda puts him in a twirl.

I’m taking the sliproad left. No walking barefoot doon The Glen for me.

The song bounces along, much like the movie, with knockabout humour and snappy lines. This is TwinsTown in top form and Last Romance sits alongside the first two tracks, Welcome to my World and Spitfire, in a triumphant opening to Brankholm Brae. All the signs say this is going to be a truly great record.

Brankholm Brae, the stunning debut album from TwinsTown, starts with three outstanding numbers; Welcome to my World, Spitfire, and Last Romance.

In turn, these three songs are smooth, rockin’, and funny. They contrast with and compliment each other in equal measure, and the only way to go is to go on listening.

TwinsTown – Brankholm Brae.

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TwinsTown’s Brankholm Brae is coming soon. The final master mixes should arrive any day now. Producer Robin Wynn Evans is busily working on them at his Tpot Studios in Path of Condie.

While waiting, remember to have a yabba-dabba-doo time and if you do choose to walk barefoot through The Glen please only go with one other person / household, stay 2 metres apart at all times, and don’t dare have a drink. They’ll call it a picnic!

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Spitfire, the second track on Brankholm Brae, is bound to be a TwinsTown classic. It’s the most rockin’ number on the forthcoming debut album; you can rock out on it and order a pizza to it. It’s universally good, no holds barred, rock ‘n’ roll. I liken it to Primal Scream in their pomp.

Spitfire is the second track on TwinsTown’s stunning debut album, Brankholm Brae.

Lovable, easy-going Double Trouble and the boys are uncharacteristically spoiling for a showdown. You can actually hear the Spitfire overhead while they enlist Winston Churchill to the cause.

II spend my time shooting the breeze

And you’re a bit too close for comfort, are you my enemy?

I’m engaged for fire so try me and see

Yeah you’re a bit too close for comfort

This is World War 3!

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Asking Donald about Spitfire he replied, “I’d rather Nazi,” and this perfectly explains why I usually just make quotes up.

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Brankholm Brae, TwinsTown’s stunning debut album to be released this year, featuring Spitfire, the anti-Nazi classic.

Brankholm Brae gives us indie rockers TwinsTown stirring up the togetherness of WWII Spitfire pilots.

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It’s an uncompromising take on modern-day relationships. There’s bloody betrayal, close friendships going awry, the dreaded aftermath, terrifyingly awkward social situations, and folk away in the huff.

It’s frank, honest and meaningful. It makes you think. It’s lyrically strong. It’s TwinsTown’s opening track on their forthcoming debut album, Brankholm Brae.

It’s Welcome to My World.

Welcome to my world

I think I’m okay man

I must be feeling brave

I just had the shakes

Like someone stood on my grave

I must have deserved it

Nobody’s perfect

There’s a table in hell

And I just reserved it

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It’s a belter to open the album. Welcome to My World sets Brankholm Brae up. It’s going to be a walk on the wild side.

Welcome to My World is the opening track on Brankholm Brae the stunning debut album from TwinsTown.

The full lyrics don’t disappoint and neither does the music. It’s the finest in indie rock; pop accessibility with noise, experimental and authentic, with a wee bit of ironic posturing (more of that to come, no doubt).

This is how the opening track ends…

I think I’ll be quite alright if I…

Pass them and they don’t smile

If they don’t look me in the eye

Yeah, welcome to my world.

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TwinsTown’s debut album Brankholm Brae is currently in the final stages of mixing at Tpot Studios with well-known and respected producer Robin Wynn Evans. Robin has worked with many top artists including The View and Manic Street Preachers.

TwinsTown’s Brankholm Brae is coming soon.

Brankholm Brae will be released this year, 2021. Watch this space for details.

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