All Tvvins are back and this time they have brought some company for good measure
The band are alone together with James Vincent McMorrow.
When Conor Adams and Lar Kaye formed All Tvvins, their shared goal was to headline Dublin’s 1200-capacity Olympia Theatre – and that was achieved when they sold-out the venue last autumn, just weeks after their debut album ‘IIVV’ crashed into the Irish album charts at #2.
Now the duo has announced they will release their first new track since ‘IIVV’. Featuring singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow, ‘Alone Together’ wields tropically flavoured verses with a strident, anthemic hook that’s a clear step beyond anything that featured on ‘IIVV’.
The track’s roots go back to 2013 when Conor performed at the Dylan Fest charity event paying tribute to the great Bob Dylan.
That night he met another rising musician in the shape of James Vincent McMorrow, and All Tvvins later caught up with the singer-songwriter after they had both played shows in Leeds. They kept in touch, and when McMorrow was later sent an early demo of ‘Alone Together’, the collaboration idea was born.
“We thought it was pretty much done, but then James changed our minds,” admits Lar. “He gave it a total vocal re-haul and added some amazing production ideas.”
When ‘IIVV’ was nominated for Album of the Year at the Choice Music Awards, it heralded the end of the album’s campaign. After a minimal break, the duo soon “turbo-boosted” their writing process.
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Whereas they previously painstakingly crafted each song together, they instead found themselves creating almost completed ideas individually before allowing the other partner to put their stamp on it.
Most of the new tracks emerged on piano and synths before being fleshed out into a band dynamic. Inspired by a whole world of influences (Spotify pop playlists, classical, Brian Eno, tUnE-yArDs), Lar describes them as being “varied and extreme” and “emotionally charged”, while Conor notes that his interest in keys means that he has been writing a lot more on piano.
All Tvvins have previously shared stages with bands including Arcade Fire, Pixies and Foals, and have played events as diverse as the VICE House Party and the huge 2FM Xmas Ball in Dublin.
They’re planning to road-test some new material at some summer dates which will be announced soon but for the time being, it has been confirmed that you can catch All Tvvins play live when they open for James Vincent McMorrow at Trinity College, Dublin on Friday July 7th.
Alone Together will be released on June 9.