Artist Profile: Twist Helix
Local electro pioneers Twist Helix have spent the best part of two years living and breathing their art in the hope that their hard work would pay off. And it absolutely has.
2018 has seen the band not only signed with Madrid based Paul Black Music, but also the release of their killer new single 'Ouesburn' and embark on a whopping 12 date tour of the UK.
Not bad for only two months in.
Catching up with Spotlight, one-third of Helix, James expressed that the band were "thrilled at the warm reception 'Ouseburn' has received, particularly the way that people in the North East have really gotten behind it!" And to be fair, so they should.
James described how the support from their fans, as well as being signed to a label, had "really buoyed our confidence to know we have such a forward-thinking European label’s backing".
The excitement doesn't stop there however, as the band has several enticing shows in addition to their own tour, starting with playing main support to the Van T’s at Noisy Daughters event in Darlington (3rd March), before a headline set at The Independent, Sunderland, on International Women’s Day (8th March) as well as a show on the Tracks Stage at Stockton Calling (31st March).
After touring the band will work on finishing off their next album, a dystopian concept set in the Ouseburn area, examining the concept of art versus commerce.
With such an expansive concept in mind, James was, perhaps rightly, keen not be tied into a release date but was happy to let us know that: "we’re in a good place right now, but we’re not at the finish line, and we know we’re running a marathon… But luckily, we also know we’re not alone in the race anymore, we’ve got each other, we’ve got our team and most importantly we have a great base of support now at home, friends and fans willing us on."
Imagine an album where all of the tracks are as interesting as 'Ouseburn', now that's a dystopian future we want to live in...
Track Pick: Ouseburn
Ecstatic, pounding and synth-heavy, 'Ouseburn' sounds like a perfect blend of Yazoo, The Pet Shop Boys and 80s Depeche Mode.
Both outwardly cool, and inwardly reflective, the track is pop music at it's best; danceable, thought-provoking and chin-nodding.
You can catch Twist Helix at our gig in Sunderland on the 8th of March, more information can be found here:
Photography: Paul Murray