Twisted Wheel broke into the indie scene in a big way towards the end of the 2010’s, riding high with rock ‘n’ roll classic singles like ‘She’s a Weapon’ and ‘We Are Us’. Returning after a 4 year hiatus, they band is back, so Damian Robinson caught up with frontman Jonny Brown to talk about new material, new gigs and points to prove.
After a few of us saw Twisted Wheel in Stockton a few weeks ago, is it good to be back?
It’s brilliant to be back and we’re all buzzing about it. We’re back with a few points to prove, to reconnect with our older friends and to find some new ones too.
The way the band played it felt almost as if you’d never been away…
Thanks – it feels the same for us. Since we got back together there been a lot of excitement in the band about making up for lost time. People who like the band have been very positive about the live shows as well, which helps.
And you’re on the road soon with a longer tour. Is there any reason why it’s called ‘Snakes and Ladders’?
‘Snakes and Ladders’ was the first song I wrote which ever got any radio play as Conrad Murray, who manages The Courteeners, was kind enough to play it on his show. ‘Snakes…’ was originally a solo track but Twisted later recorded it as B-side. We used the title as the name of the tour as we felt the board game fitted with the history of the band: we climbed some ladders and reached some highs, and we also fell down to certain lows. We’re back to even things out.
Will you be back with new music?
Absolutely. We’ve been working on new material which we’re really happy with. In fact, there are some discussions about if the material should come out as an EP or two singles. Some people are saying the new material is so strong it should be out as standalone singles rather than an EP. We’re still processing our decision as a band and will decide later this week.
But it’s all written, recorded, and ready to go?
Absolutely. We’ll have new music out in some form this month. We’re excited by the material – it’s going to be a good come-back statement.
It must be nice to feel like you’ve been missed. I see Liam Gallagher has put you straight onto some of his shows?
It’s a great feeling. There are bigger bands than us but it’s good to be back and feel like we’ve been missed. The shows have been great so far and when Liam found out we were back together he fought for us to play some of his shows. Which we really appreciated.
You’ll be playing Newcastle shortly…are you looking forward to it?
We are – we love the North East. Jimmy Beck was great getting us back for Stockton Calling and we’re happy to be back in the North East again soon. We enjoy playing Newcastle but we’re looking to play Sunderland and Middlesbrough as soon as we can too. The North East has been really good to us. What’s interesting was when we first started out, the shows were a little less full than other parts of the UK, but that grew as we were around longer. When we were away it was people from the North East who were most vocal about asking when we would be back.
Twisted Wheel plays Head of Steam in Newcastle on Thursday 7th June. Information about their tour and new music can be found at facebook.com/twistedwheel.