On November, 1 2019 Twin XL, an alt-pop trio from Los Angeles made up of Cameron Walker-Wright, John Gomez, and Stephen Gomez, released their new single “Messy”. The song deals with the chaotic energy of everyday life. Twin XL started teasing “Messy” a little over a week ago. They posted graphics with lyrics on them and each member shared what the song means to them. In case that wasn’t enough to get fans hyped, they tweeted a number for everyone to text to receive a sneak peak of the song. Saying they did a great job of getting people excited for this awesome release is an understatement.
“Messy” takes the listeners through the dark tunnels of anxiety and what it’s like to live with the heavy weight of mental illness. Sometimes, it might seem like there’s an escape from life but the only way to overcome it is to face it head on. The song does deal with some real, heavy issues but the music and lyrics are extremely catchy. Just give it a listen, you’ll be singing it all day long.
Keep reading for an exclusive interview with the band!
Your new single “Messy” is out (on Friday) and ready for the world to hear. How are you feeling about that? Were you nervous to share this track, or has it been more excitement surrounding it?
I’m equally excited as I am terrified. This is the most honest song we will have ever released and there’s a level of vulnerability that comes with that.
So far, Twin XL as a whole tends to lean more upbeat with their music, despite the subject matter. However, “Messy” does see a more somber side of things and that can be heard majorly within the vocals. What fueled the decision to do that with this particular song?
For me, the lyrics always dictate the way I sing. This song is about trying to escape a very very dark place – which is a place I often find myself – so the delivery happened quite naturally.
The lyrics to Messy are also pretty dark, which seems a juxtaposition to the bright, fun sound that the song puts forth. Is there a logic or reasoning behind that? Or would you say that it’s a signifier of younger generations who tend to put on a bright face to cover up their struggles?
I think you nailed it on the head. In some ways this song is about running from yourself by putting on a mask – only to fall deeper and deeper into a cycle of anxiety disrepair.
Stream Twin XL’s new single “Messy” here!
You wrote this song with Little Hurt/Colin Dieden. We’re definitely big fans of his here at THP. What brought on the collaboration with him?
I met Colin through collaborating with his previous band The Mowgli’s. I co-wrote their song “I Feel Good About This” with them. After that they were nice enough to bring Twin XL out for our first tour ever. He’s such a beautiful songwriter as well as one of my best friends in the world. We’ve since collaborated on a handful of projects together including Little Hurt and Twin XL.
Twin XL also collaborated with Dr. Martens for a contest surrounding this song. What a unique opportunity, can you tell us about it?
There’s a lyric in “Messy” that says ‘Running from my demons in my old Doc Martens.’ We thought it would be so cool to partner up with them and give a pair away for the release. Luckily they were into the idea as well!
All of Twin XL’s music is done by you guys, as a band, from start to finish. I’m sure there’s a sense of freedom that comes with that, but what are some of the challenges it presents that you may not run into while working with a larger team?
One of the coolest things about our band is how we each have a very specific skill set. It’s something we are hyper aware of and I’m very proud to be a part of such a functional band. One of the challenges we do face by doing nearly everything “in-house” is that it’s sometimes difficult to finish songs and productions when we are constantly out on the road touring. We’ve definitely been taking that into consideration and have been getting better at finding pockets of time to write and record.
Get tickets to see Twin XL on their winter tour with Fitz and The Tantrums here!
You’re currently on tour with The Maine and from what we’ve seen, absolutely killing it each night. What’s been your favorite part so far?
I think the show we just played at House Of Blues in Orlando was probably our best performance to-date and I love that we continue to grow on the road. We were all totally buzzing after that show. Our favorite part about touring is connecting with our fans each and every night.
Finally, can you tell us anything about the future plans for Twin XL? More headlining shows? A larger body of work? We know you’ve got a tour with Fitz and the Tantrums, but what else is going on? What is 2020 looking like so far for you guys?
I think all of the above! We want to release a few more singles leading up to a full-length album that we already have in the works. Otherwise we just want to keep doing what we are doing. Working hard and trying get TWIN XL to as many listeners as possible. We have no plans on slowing down in 2020.
Get tickets here to see Twin XL on tour with the Maine right now!
Photos: Braverijah Gregg