Arena of the Unwell
When Marwood deftly proclaims in the classic cult film Withnail & I that 'we are indeed drifting into The Arena of the Unwell... making an enemy of our own future', he intensely captures that moment after the hangover before the unforeseen event that forces us to make the choice to either stay the same, or move ahead. And so goes Twinstar's third official release, a stony affair that perhaps echoes that sentiment. More roll than rock this time, it's six songs unfold in space, dueling guitars chime in harmony and a voice says something familiar yet detached. The subtle though memorable melodies which have become somewhat of a trademark for Twinstar now resolve into their most cohesive release to date. For those who don't know, Twinstar began in 1997 as a loosely-knit collective centered around the songs of guitarist/singer Keith Joyner. Soon after, bassist Chris Candelaria came into the fold as a central member and the Twinstar sound was officially born. Arena reprises the same line-up as the Expatriate EP with ex-Mighty Lemon Drop Dave Newton taking a more prominent role on guitar and Adam Flanders solidly gluing it all together on drums. Special guest Nan Vernon also lends her pristine voice to the proceedings.