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Twin Plagues

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Joe Gallagher
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Joe Gallagher I feel like every week, another song becomes my favorite. This week its one more last one, for its pulsing drum beat and tremelo-ed into oblivion guitars. This record is reminiscent of Swirlies and Ovlov but stands completely on its own, especially because of Xandi's pedal steel and Karly's incredible singing. Favorite track: One More Last One.
siad3000
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siad3000 Can’t remember who told me about Wednesday but I ordered the album after having listened to the first chords. Love the shoegaze touch. One of the best new bands I have discovered in the last 12 months.
jeremyh1993
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jeremyh1993 I had no idea who this band was before happening upon this album. It's also a different kind of music from my usual wheelhouse, but I like this album more each time I listen!
There's such an atmosphere to each song that draws you in. Highly recommend giving it a shot! Favorite track: Twin Plagues.
Let’s Be Friends
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Let’s Be Friends I put this record on and I wasn’t even halfway through side a and I just ordered another record by this amazing band. The songs are so beautiful. Like the notes above say, I don’t remember how I heard of Wednesday, I don’t remember even ordering this record but somehow I did and Wednesday is a part of my life now.
zackwyoung
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zackwyoung honored to be the first review on this instant classic Favorite track: Birthday Song.
airspace19
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airspace19 I stumbled upon this group a week before the Twin Plagues release and I don’t think I’ve fallen harder for a band in such a short amount of time. This record is a wonderful trip of lap guitar, shoegaze, lyrics that hit home and longing. Favorite track: Cody's Only.
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1.
Twin Plagues 04:08
You are fearless You defy death Flies are zapping In the bug light My fear never leaves me And I convince myself of these things My fear never leave me It’s all evening out It’s all getting even
2.
Whistlin past a graveyard smash With broken glass from a car crash you’re small and lookin through stained glass Pull over on the overpass I’m all alone in a snowglobe Where do we go when the glow goes home I’m washing away all my love and want A neighborhood kid with a fucked up buzzcut Holdin a crossbow in a family photo Sending the biggest smile from Tokyo Where the wallpaper winces while you piss And theres a place where the kids go to kiss The only reason I’m coming home Is for my second hand handsome man
3.
The burned down dairy queen I was hiding in a room in my mind And I made me take a look at myself Cash for gold in a counterfeit hell It’s good to know you’re always there to even me out It was a pitiful time I sulked through the house I dulled out my mind A car stuck in ice at a dead end at night I never know exactly what to think of my life
4.
Cliff 02:40
Trees cut around the telephone wire Dropped out to watch a racecar go by Sit down to drink a Miller Lite You really liked to say inside Honey I Shrunk the Kids Again The day drips away til I can go back to bed The refrigerators whisperin to itself The May Queen of West Virginia You soon seem to be wearin thin And my Dad picked a Dallas cowboys urn to put your ashes in Honey I Shrunk the Kids Again The day drips away til I can go back to bed
5.
Your life is so familiar that it feels like most of mine The heart thats kept so close to me gets closer all the time The habit of your laugh and the way it feels so near Has shown me that I know your voice in every sound I hear Rooms would look much better if they had you standin in them Jealous of the rooms who’s floors can feel your weight upon them If I could find the word to say what your leaving puts me through How can you live if you can’t love how can you if you do? Called you on the road again to get back on my feet The pain was kinda wonderful cause it was so complete I tell you you can’t need me more than I tend to need you How can you live if you can’t love how can you if you do? If I could find the word to say what your leaving put me through How can you live if you can’t love how can you if you do?
6.
There’s something moving over me I want to remember everything I cannot figure out what I meant By living all those ways I did You make me feel fluorescent The perfume of the faucet Too bad I can’t afford it The bottom of my pocket The dream I have takes hours Cold water in the shower I woke up feeling so bored I’ve had all of these dreams before I’ve had the good ones and woken up sore Your warm breath on the mirror
7.
Toothache 02:39
Toothache sky is bout to rain The beach boys song about the California girls they really like them Its always december It takes a year for the water to boil The gutter is a drippy nose of a kid thats contracted swine flu And the cartoon crucifixion on a ceiling beyond suffering You’re forgiven
8.
We were sitting around Waiting for one of us To come down We were in highschool We’d just dropped acid in Someone’s living room Didn’t know where to look He jumped out of the window and broke his foot He tried to fix it himself But it wouldn’t work this time We tried to get rid of the stuff So one of us could get up to drive I thought it really set the tone Couldn’t laugh at it yet Wasn’t far away from it yet
9.
Am I worth The words You hear me eat At night a stone Alone Faking sleep I wont fool you Unspool you Trapped and tangled Free as any bird Find me cold Leakin a steady grip Is what youre Missing A walking stick He loved you A virtue Couldnt find his way out from that cave When this is over Ghost is yellin youll be on your own Dont give him a home Ill be waiting for the call
10.
Your three Sisters Came to Our house We sat In the Living room And watched The train On the Screen we Saw a Fire Up high Out the Window Drove by An old House of Mine We left The lake Under- Neath a Candy Wrapper We were Too far
11.
Gary's 02:11
Amanda ripped the screen door off the house She was screaming something at her boyfriend we could not make out I walked a quarter mile to get the mail Fifty yellow birds fly from the field into the air Gary’s parkin right outside the house He is yellin somethin so we will come out He is halfway out the window And hes takin out his teeth He smokes a cigarette A sigh comes from from the oxygen tank Hit the hitter with the first pitch Team ran out from the dugout to throw fists
12.

about

In a long and emotionally exhausting year of being inside (alone, in my case,) I have found myself thinking about mirrors. How to avoid spending too much time in them, most days. Taking inventory of the real, physical self is difficult work, work that I’m not entirely opposed to but work that became immediately more treacherous for me when I had to witness the very real toll that time, modern anxieties, isolation, and boredom were taking on me. It was easier, it seemed, to spiral into a not-so-distant glorious past, to use memory as a tool of both excitement and healing.

But, speaking of excitement, I like to stumble towards a band with no agenda, no purpose, uncovering sound almost on accident. This is how I first heard Wednesday. The band came to me and I don’t remember how, or why. They simply arrived, as if we’d been traveling toward each other our whole lives. I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone soaked into my summer of 2020, and in sound, in spirit, in central concerns and the execution of them, it took me back to an era before the current era, which I’d needed at the time. The past can feel less hellish than the present if we are, sometimes, not fully honest with ourselves.

There is the trick of nostalgia that I spend a lot of time playing with in my own writing, and somewhat tormented by in my own living. The very real idea that nostalgia is both a useful tool and also a weapon if it isn’t paired with something that approaches a type of rigorous honesty. Which is hard to do, sometimes. My memories flare and fire with only the finest aesthetics of a past that I was certainly in, but I often deem myself as only a secondary character, if even that. Which, of course, lets me off the hook in the name of fluorescence and flourish, in the name of sound and sight.

I love Twin Plagues first for its songs, plainly. If you, listening to Wednesday for the first time around or even the second time around, stumble onto this album, I promise you the songs will be what grab you first, beyond any of my foolish high-level emotional theorizing or projections. Every band that loves the pursuit of their craft the way this band does is one to follow, because getting to sit on the sidelines and watch them level up is a real generosity. Twin Plagues is overflowing with hooks, but what most delighted me about the band from the start has taken a leap: they have managed, somehow, to get even better at structuring their noise from one movement of a song to the next. The idea of the “song” itself is flexible in their hands, so much so that each song holds two, or three songs within. This, again, generosity. “Cody’s Only” is a ballad until it begins to threaten a storm of volume, and then, in its final act, it becomes something else altogether. “One More Last One” is a shoegaze-y trip that swells and swells until it overflows, but it doesn’t stop. It keeps offering and offering and offering. I say “noise,” and never in a dismissive sense. Everything has a place, and so much of its place is to serve the true heart of this album, and the true heart of Wednesday’s music, which is allowing cracks through which tenderness can enter and exit as needed. Tenderness that, it seems to me, is always wrestling underneath whatever else might be happening on a song’s surface.

But if I may go back to all of these ideas of nostalgia and our old, tricky, past selves that are, indeed, a part of the house of bricks that make up our present self, what I also hope you, listener, might adore about this album is the exact moment at the start of “The Burned Down Dairy Queen” when Karly sings I was hiding in a room in my mind / and I made me take a look at myself. Because if you, like me, have been avoiding mirrors – both metaphorical and real – this is where the album becomes a lighthouse, echoing bright across the darkness of my otherwise dark and empty chambers. So much of these songs meditate on the past in far less romantic ways than I have found myself meditating on the past, and I was desperate for the recalibration that this album provided. I was desperate for making myself less blurry in my own memories and reckoning with my full, multitudinous self. The self that was once unkind, or less gentle, or less curious than I am now. I needed this album to remind me to embrace the fullness of my unfinished nature, the years I have lived and – with any luck – the years I have to go.

So, yes, the songs are good. You will maybe roll down your windows on a comfortable day on the right stretch of road in a warm season and turn the volume up when “Birthday Song” gets good and loud and sing-along-able. You might sit atop a rooftop at night, closer to the moon than you were on the ground, and let “Ghost Of A Dog” churn and rattle you to some nighttime realization that you couldn’t have had in silence.

But, even on top of all of this, on top of all the pleasures and the mercies that the sounds on this album might afford. I hope and think, too, that it will remind anyone who listens that we are a collection of many reflections. All of them deserving patience.

— Hanif Abdurraqib



vocals and guitar Karly Hartzman
lead guitar Jake Lenderman
Bass Margo Schultz
Drums Alan Miller
Lap Steel Xandy Chelmis

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released August 13, 2021

Vocals/ Guitar: Karly Hartzman
Guitar: Jake Lenderman
Lap Steel/ Vocals on “One More Last One”: Xandy Chelmis
Bass : Margo Schultz
Drums: Alan Miller


Songs Written by Karly Hartzman
with the exception of “One More Last One” which is written by Xandy Chelmis

"Three Sisters" which is co-written by Jake Lenderman

& “Ghost of a Dog” written by Edie Brickell and Kenny Withrow

Songs Arranged by Wednesday

Songs Recorded/Produced by Alex Farrar and Adam McDaniel at Drop of Sun in Asheville, NC
With the exception of “Ghost of A Dog” recorded/produced by Jake Lenderman

Mastered by Scoops Dardaris

Cover Photo by Karly Hartzman

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“Twin Plagues”
Out August 13th on Orindal Records

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