Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent.
Twin Stumps are Ridgewood-based pukenoize art-punks, noisy nihilists, abrasive tantrum-throwers that make Pissed Jeans look like pressed jeans. To wit, their melodies are crazy blown-out. Hideously blown-out. Comically blown-out. Sure, occasionally a classic punk gnash peeks through, but most of the times it’s a barking, gnashing, anti-chillwave maelstrom–like Wolf Eyes, but with a reliable drummer. After a 12″ and a cassette made the rounds, their debut album, Seedbed, is set to finally drop on April 20. First taste, “Missing Persons,” is a jarring fuzzfuck, opening with a Flipper-style bass massage that’s got the subtlety of an airhorn to the ear, then leaning into a noise-metal groove like Real Thing-era Faith No More played through shredded speakers and a mouth full of duct tape.
What is “Missing Persons” about?
Alessandro Keegan, frontman: Lyrically it’s about the banal concessions we make in life which slowly kill us: being functional members of society, working soul crushing jobs, dampening our emotions with drugs and alcohol, and ultimately giving up on our dreams.
How did this song come about?
Allen Mozek, guitarist: At the time, we were having difficulty coming up with new material, so Mike and I thought it might be worthwhile to trade instruments. For “Missing Persons” in particular, I’d been listening to Ride For Revenge and wanted to emulate that sound through my own meager capacity.
Tell me about getting that disgusting bass sound.
Mike Yaniro, bassist: I just play out of this Crate bass head that only sounds good
when everything is turned to ten. If I try to play it clean, it sounds really bad. It’s not a very nuanced piece of equipment.
What’s the most memorable show you’ve played in New York?
Keegan: For me it would have to be the first gig we played at Death By Audio after Mike was out of the hospital, with White Suns. It was a perfect audience, perfect group of bands, and it felt good to be playing after a long break. Also the Don Pedro’s show with Pop. 1280, which was chaotic in a good way. Tables flipping over, people throwing beers, trash and toilet paper, guys getting into fights, stuff like that.
Yaniro: Our first few shows were interesting. We would share the bill with these good-time dance bands or Simon & Garfunkel singer songwriter types.
Mozek: We played a house show in our friend Andrew’s dank basement. Him and his roommates decided to break the lease on their place off Montrose, and didn’t really care about what the landlord thought of them. So for those last couple months they lived there, Andrew thought it might be a good idea to book some shows. I also liked playing our Coco 66 show because it was the day that my tax refund went through.
What’s your favorite place to eat in Queens?
Keegan: Honestly, there are no good places to eat in Ridgewood, where I live. We have a taco truck around here, that’s about it.
Yaniro: Taco truck and Guadalajara Mexican Food on Seneca. And Ridgewood Eats.
Mozek: This is a horrid neighborhood in which to be hungry. Mike told me there is a Dunkin Donuts within walking distance of my apartment, but I’ve yet to see it. I like Two Guys pizza, over by the CVS.