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In January 1999 Birmingham’s Twist signed to Fierce Panda Records. The idea was simple, Twist were a band never sold on their gender; a band with the talent to break the misconception that girl bands are not to be taken seriously, and to allow them to compete on a level playing field. In April ’99 Twist released their debut single ‘Star’. The single entered the NME indie chart at number ten, the band embarked on their first national tour covering most major towns and cities over a three week period. Around this time John Peel became the first national DJ to support the band on his show. The buzz was building and the girls quickly followed up the success of “Star” with the release of “Shari Says” on the 5th July ’99. The underground fanzines were buzzing and the national live reviews were good. The band did a second four week national tour including dates with Seafood, Midget, Stoney Sleep and The Llama Farmers. By now the band were enjoy radio play on the Radio One Evening Session, the John Peel show and Mary Ann Hobbs’ Rock show as well as lots of attention from London’s XFM. With one Peel session behind them the band prepared for their third single release of the year, “Lay Low” was the most potent and the best reflection of Emma’s writing to date. To support the release Twist once again embarked on a massive six week national tour, three weeks supporting the Llama Farmers and three weeks on their own headline tour. “Lay Low” was released on the 4th October ‘99.

The band’s debut album Magenta came out in February 2000 -  an extremely well received collection of re-mixed and re-mastered single tracks and new material. Upon the release of the excellent Magenta the band took themselves back out on the road for more and more gigs including another twenty four-date tour in Ireland and Scotland as well as dates with The Junket, Breed 77, My Vitriol, Wilt, Latch, King Adora, Dum Dums, Coldplay and Muse. 

BAND LINE UP: Emma - vocals/guitar
Vanessa - guitar
Kelly - bass
Leanne - drums

PRESS QUOTES AND SUCH
“Twist are rapidly shaping up as bona fide stars-in-waiting...” - Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!

"While the original riot grrrls from the 90s now take their tips from Vogue, Twist have arrived to pick up the discarded grunge guitar sound ang give it a good teenage kicking...singer Emma Fox's voice is Lolitaesque above a melody that could almost be pop until it's smeared with riffs and menacing drums.”  – Betty Clarke, THE GUARDIAN 

“Magenta is a sprawling collection of ferocious, melodic songs with crystalline hooks slicing through layers of sparkling guitar.  Watch them bung a brick through the smeary little window of preconception.” - Sarah Bee, MELODY MAKER

“With a massive wall of guitar behind them, (Twist) offer the same melodic mixture of pop hooks and Sabbath sludge as Nirvana circa Bleach.” - Stevie Chick, NME

“Take a bowl of Nirvana and stir in three heaped tablespoons of The Pixies.  Add a soupcon of Sonic Youth and sprinkle with Courtney Love’s femme-rock growl...and you have a perfectly formed all-girl Brit-rock outfit by the name of Twist.” - Ashley Bird, Kerrang!

Following the plaudits heaped upon Magenta, their debut album on Fierce Panda, Twist are currently in talks with a number of labels keen to sign the Brum quartet, and have been tucked away in the studio writing new material. Towards the end of last year Twist played a VERY special live show, in which they appeared ‘unplugged’ - accompanied by a string quartet and pianist! - as part of the Songwriters Week at Ronnie Scott’s in Birmingham, and so far in 2001 have played Camden Palace (receiving a positive live review in The Guardian), recorded a Radio One session for Steve Lamacq, recruited a new bassist in Kelly Southern as a replacement for Lisa Lavery (“She looks like, smells like, plays like and swears like us…she’s well in!” says Emma) and are now heading out on tour tour in support of a new single, Right now the band have a lot of serious interest from the bigger labels both here in the U.S. 

Twist have a one of single as part of the ORG-AN-ISED SINGLES SERIES on ORG Records out in March 2001 – A limited edition double A-side “Pieces/Picture This” 
 

RELEASES ON ORG RECORDS
ORG226  "PICTURE THIS/PIECES/MY LOVE FOR AMBER" Three track CD limited edition single
ORG227 - Track on ORGAN RADIO 17 compilation CD "PICTURE THIS"
 
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