Interview: Twin Tigers' Matthew Rain

posted February 16, 2010

by Corinne

Twin Tigers' Matthew Rain

How are you?

i'm doing well. it's sunny today.

Let's talk about how Twin Tigers came together. How'd you all meet and form the band?

the band was started in the winter of 2007. we played our first show and recorded our debut EP Curious Faces/Violet Future that December. The two founding members matthew rain (myself) and Aimee Morris are still in the band. aimee and i met at the Grit, a restaurant we have gone through a slew of members but now have a solid lineup completed by forrest hall and doug crump. the band has toured 40 of the 50 US states and have played shows with deerhunter, minus the bear, the antlers, a place to bury strangers, black lips, dan deacon, jay reatard and les savy fav. we recorded a new album last year that will be released via old flame recrods in march. it's called gray waves.

Where'd the name come from?

twin tigers is from the idea of two wild animals that have the same heart.

Your debut album "Gray Waves" is on the verge of being released. It definitely has a trippy, spacey shoegaze sound but it doesn't sound like it was made ten or twenty years ago. How would you describe the album?

The album is a lush mix of light and dark melodies and textures all swirled into something new. The album is a true story.

Tell me about recording your album. With a few EPs under your belt, did you feel prepared going in to record "Gray Waves?"

Well before Gray Waves we had done one EP and one single but after were signed the single was expanded into a second EP to give the world a taste before we released this album.

Now Twins Tigers are from the rather illustrious music town of Athens, GA. What's the music scene like in Athens? Do you have any good Michael Stipe stories?

the town has more musicians per capita than almost anywhere. everyone here is in a band. the history of the music scene is fairly well known being the likes of R.E.M., B-52's, Neutral Milk and Of Montreal. Michael Stipe owns the building where Aimee and I met and where we also wait tables.

You posted on your Twitter account about shooting a music video in a bar. Can you spill any details?

We shot that at the Go Bar in Athens which is another location owned by Michael Stipe. We will probably be releasing the final cut shortly after Valentine's Day.

Will the band be heading back to SXSW this year?

Yes, we are doing our official showcase at Emo's on Friday night. We will be doing a lot of day parties as well. I think the grand total is 9 shows over the 4 days.

Who are some underrated bands that you think we need to check out?

Grape Soda, Timmy Tumble, Gift Horse.

What have you been listening to recently?

new Beach House, Iggy Pop - the Idiot reissue, Flaming Lips -Embryonic, Fleetwood Mac- self titled.

If you could have written any song what song do you wish you had written and why?

Badfinger's - Without You

Anything you would like to add?

all your dreams will come true.

Thanks very much for your time!