Twin Peaks flyer

Twin Peaks and Meatbodies are both newcomers on the crowded scene of fuzzed-out retro/garage/psych rock bands, yet they’ve both managed to distinguish themselves, and you can see why this Saturday at Bottom of the Hill.

I spoke with Caiden Lake James of Twin Peaks and Chad Ubovich of Meatbodies ahead of their stop in our fair city to get the dirt on their respective bands, both of which have new albums out. Twin Peaks’ debut album, Sunken, received a fair bit of attention, so I wanted to know what it was like trying to live up to that hype with their sophomore effort, Wild Onion, and subsequent tour. (I also wanted to know how they took the news that a much better known Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s classic TV show, is coming back to the airwaves.) Meatbodies’ Ubovich cut his teeth playing bass in Ty Segall’s proto-metal exercise FUZZ and Mikal Cronin’s band, so I was curious what it’s been like for him to be stepping out on his own in support of his debut, self-titled album under the Meatbodies moniker.

But before we get to that, what say we get you a little taste of what these bands are up to?

Here’s the video for “I Found A New Way,” the opener from Twin Peaks’ Wild Onion:

And here’s Meatbodies’ “Disorder,” a hard-charging cut from Meatbodies, for your streaming pleasure:

Here’s my convo with Twin Peaks’ Caiden Lake James:

The Bay Bridged: How would y’all say your sound has changed or developed between your first record and your new record?

Caiden Lake James: We’ve focused the sights and honed the chops to evolve from chop liver to steak. But in seriousness, our growing confidence is the most noticeable difference for me.

TBB: Were you explicitly trying to capture anything different, any progression or growth in y’all’s sound you were really trying to capture?

CLJ: Only trying to ensnare the Rock & Roll.

TBB: I’m imagining that the tour experience for Wild Onion has been much different from the tour for Sunken. Can you tell us about it? What have been some highlights? Any lowlights?

CLJ: It’s been cool getting to headline dates to packed crowds, but we’ve done our fair share of duds still, but having friends open for us on your brings a new element to the whole trip. Highlights have been Pitchfork and FYF fests, CMJ, Canada. I don’t think in lowlights.

TBB: There’s range of tone and feel to your songs, from more mid-tempo and contemplative to the barn burning rockers. Is it important to y’all to channel a wide breadth of influences and emotions, or is it something that just happens when you write songs?

CLJ: It’s a natural process, I don’t say “I’m going to write a slow song because we need that feel included.” We just had a lot of songs with different vibes and worked hard on sequencing to make them fit together because we like them all.

TBB: Sorry but I feel like I gotta ask: Are you more stoked that David Lynch is bringing the show back or pissed?

CLJ: Stoked!!

TBB: Any final words for the fine people of the Bay Area before they come rock with you at Bottom of the Hill?

CLJ: Hang loose and stay fine.

Then I spoke with Chad Ubovich of Meatbodies, and it was almost as hard to get him to stop going on and on as it was the guy from Twin Peaks:

TBB: You’ve obviously had some success playing with Mikal Cronin and Ty Segall/FUZZ, so does Meatbodies feel like your big chance to step out on your own and prove something to the world, or is it more of just a natural progression for you?

Chad Ubovich: I would say just a natural progression. I’m no trying any harder than I would. Im just getting loud like I usually would.

TBB: Do you feel much pressure to “deliver,” as they say?

CU: Not really. I’m not trying to meet any sort of criteria.

TBB: How would you characterize your music as Meatbodies vis a vis the bands you’ve been a sideman in? Do you feel a need to differentiate yourself?

CU: I only play music that I like to play. Because in order for others to have a fun time I need to be having a fun time. I mean there’s differences in every band but for me it’s just about that.

TBB: Who’s in your touring band?

CU: Killian LeDuke, bass. Patrick Nolan, guitar. Ryan Moutinho, drums.

TBB: Has it been easy for you to transition into the frontman role?

CU: Haha I don’t really know how I feel about the term “front man” I just made these songs, and my name’s Chad.

TBB: Any final words for the fine people of the Bay Area before they come rock with you at Bottom of the Hill?

CU: Come out and lets party man.

Twin Peaks, Meatbodies, Criminal Hygiene
Bottom of the Hill
November 15, 2014
8:30pm, $12 (all ages)