“Timeless Poppedelica” -- LA Weekly
What do you get when a set of twins grows up listening to their older sisters’ record collection of the Beatles, ELO, Neil Young, The Clash and the soundtrack of Jesus Christ Superstar? The Twigs. The Twigs are twin sisters, songwriters and singers Linda and Laura Good, with Laura on guitars, vocals, ukulele, bass, keys and programming and Linda Good on piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, guitar, and vocals. Smart lyrics, ethereal vocal harmonies, crunchy guitars and dreamy piano lines mix with retro grooves to produce a sound uniquely their own.
THE TWIGS GREW UP…playing almost any instrument put in front of them. They spent the first four years of their life in Mexico, where locals considered them good luck charms and touched the white-haired twins’ heads for luck. Their earliest musical memories were of Mariachi street music and late 70′s radio bands like Bread. After moving to Chicago, Linda and Laura embraced an odd mix of American soul, pop, punk on an old acoustic guitar they bought with their babysitting money.
Being the youngest of five girls, the twins were both best friends and bitter enemies who used to physically fight over who got to play the piano after dinner. Laura recalls, “my older sisters would be upstairs blasting ‘Dark Side of The Moon,’ my mom would be singing opera in the kitchen and I would be in the basement playing Neil Young on my cello.” At 16, Linda received a talent scholarship to The Academy for The Performing Arts High School in Chicago. After high school, Linda headed to Wales to study music while Laura finished her music degree at Columbia College where she was mentored by the infamous jazz composer, William Russo. Oddly enough, it was only when the twins were separated by an ocean, that they started writing songs together.
After trading song idea tapes across the Atlantic, Linda played some of the resulting songs for a London producer who invited them to record at the BBC. The sisters then took the recordings back to Chicago and started their first band. To support the new venture, Linda played piano for theatre companies (like Second City) while Laura begrudgingly returned to her once hated part-time job: modeling. She hit the runways of Paris for a few seasons, made enough money to buy some recording equipment, and the girls became demo-ing maniacs. A few years and stylistic changes later, The Twigs were born, using a hated high-school nickname combined with sisterly musical spunk.
In the late 90’s The Twigs became darlings of the Chicago alternative pop scene headlining venues such as the House of Blues and Metro. They toured extensively and after one too many midnight drives home from gigs through blinding Midwestern snowstorms the sisters felt it was time to head west. California had long held a mysterious grip on them since receiving the Beach Boys “Endless Summer” album for Christmas when they were 10 years old. Their dreams of endless sunshine (and no snow) were finally realized when they moved to the golden state in 2000. They quickly became a fixture in the local modern pop scene and made their mark as producers, songwriters and musicians working together and apart. Linda toured with a wide range of acts including Jane’s Addiction and the Mars Volta; Laura spent some time writing and performing in Australia with local artists before moving back to NYC.
The Twigs slowed down just enough for Linda to record a solo record Love is A Curious Thing in 2009, and still frequently collaborates with Joey Peters (Grant Lee Buffalo) as Lady Stardust, and James Combs as The Plush Interiors. Laura has a side project called Lars Darvo, and has a daughter who is featured on The Twigs' 'cool music for kids' CD, Jump Right In. The Twigs are now based on both coasts (Los Angeles, CA and Charlottesville, VA), where they continue to thrive making music in their own signature style.
FLYING KITES (2018) a dreamy, lush pop song about Laura's first Christmas in Australia, tinsel-trimmed bikinis and beach included.
JUMP RIGHT IN (2013) The Twigs’ foray into 'cool pop rock music for kids' of all ages. Sunny days, jumping in the ocean, Panda Bears, candy and a runaway sandwich are all set to the Twigs’ trademark style of clever lyrics, soaring melodies and luscious harmonies. “Jump Right In” fits right in with the cool kids’ music of They Might Be Giants and old Chicago music friend and kids’ music mogul Justin Roberts. Laura’s eight year old daughter Alena not only sings on several songs but co-wrote some as well.
YOU SAY AH (2006) Modern cosmic pop. Quirky neighbors, holy visions and flirty aliens all happily co-exist in The Twig’s unusual universe on this 5-song EP. The album was recorded all over the world — from Sydney, Australia to Hollywood to New York City. Guest appearances include Joe Berardi & Marc Doten (00 Spy Car), Gerald Menke (Mercury Rev, Super Furry Animals), Daniel Carlson and Greg Collins (Gwen Stefani, Tracy Bonham). You Say Ah mixes distorted guitars with vintage keyboard lines and lucid mellotrons underlying The Twig’s intriguing tales of envy and ecstasy.
THE UNIVERSE TONIGHT (2001) Produced by Grammy nominated producer Johnny K. The Twigs add some modern sounds to their acoustic, Beatle-esque arsenal. Clever lyrics combined with pure pop melodies in tight 3-4 minute songs. “Love, Love, Love (remix)” was featured in the film “Cruel Intentions 3” and continues to be heard around the world today.
BRING ME THE HEAD OF ETERNITY (1996) Twigs’ critically acclaimed indie debut named “One of the best local releases of the year” by the Chicago Tribune. Recorded mostly at home in Chicago in their 16-track studio. “Hiding” saw airplay on major radio, a feat for these indie artists, and introduced the airwaves to the unique sound of the Twigs.
AWARDS, FILM, TV The Twigs’ music has been featured in:
- CRUEL INTENTIONS III – “Love, Love, Love” (Remix)
- MEN IN TREES (ABC) – “Oh Mary” and “Cha-Cha Love”
- EMILY’S REASONS WHY NOT (ABC) – “It’s Alright”
- CANADIAN FASHION TELEVISION – “Oh Mary”
- TANGLED – “Blue”
- SKETCHES – “Revelation” & “Home”
- IMAGEMIND TV: Live In-Concert @Double Door in Chicago
- JBTV: Video Rotation of “Blue” & Live On-Air Performance
- WGN-TV –The Morning Show: Live In-Studio Appearance
- JBTV: Video Rotation of “Blue” & Live On-Air Performance
WINNERS: Grand Prize in the 2001 Shure Musical Roots Contest for their version of the Kink’s “All Day and All of The Night” (from their CD “The Universe Tonight.”)
RADIO: The Twigs have been featured artists on SIRIUS-XM Satellite Radio. Other radio plays include KCRW, WXRT, KXLU, Q101, WGRD, WLAY (Top 5 CMJ), KMNR, WWRM, WBCR, Pop Dreams – FRANCE, KDSU, WEFT, WCCR, WZRD, WLFM, WIIL, WWSP, and WNUR and many more...
ON STAGE: The Twigs perform as a duo or with a band and have played hundreds of shows all over the world. Highlights include Troubadour — LA, House of Blues & The Double Door — Chicago, The Bluebird Cafe — Nashville, Mercury Lounge & CBGB’s — NYC, Metro,Schuba’s, MCA — Chicago, Melkweg — Amsterdam, SXSW — Austin, Wisc. & S.East Regions/NACA Conferences [4 time Showcase Headliners], The Fine Line — Minneapolis. Full list of performances is available upon request.