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Twin Peaks' New Single "Oh Mama" Is a Full Display of Unadulterated Hoopla

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Twin Peaks’ new album Lookout Low is within striking distance, and based on the record’s third and final single, “Oh Mama,” it’s going to be one hell of a time.

The rowdy energy that “Oh Mama” emits is nothing short of infectious. Opening with a spirited “Woo!” from singer Clay Frankel, the track chugs along with a repeating guitar riff. As the group chants a chorus of “Oh mama, let down your load,” roots-rock titans like The Stones and The Band immediately come to mind. Twin Peaks’ previous single “Ferry Song” pays homage to the ‘70s style as well, with a horn section and bouncing keyboard fills creating a full, wild sound. With this vintage direction gaining more influence over the group’s music, we’ll likely see more sonic tribute paid across Lookout Low.

However, the party doesn’t start and end with the music. The video for “Oh Mama” (dir. Alec Basse and Max Moore) takes the group’s energy to new heights—or possibly lows, as it’s set in a dive bar decorated with swamp muck. Through the video, Twin Peaks and company take over this moss-covered bar, welcoming in a host of cartoonish dancing mascots to drink alongside. But whenever the bar gets hit with golden light, everything comes to a standstill.

“‘Oh Mama’ is a song about the moon and lunacy,” says Frankel. “For the video we made a swamp bar. We hit a few costume shops in Chicago and got some stuff. We made things blue and sometimes gold.”

He’s not wrong; there’s lunacy all across this song and its video counterpart. We’re expecting more to come with Lookout Low, which is out this Friday, Sept. 13. You can watch “Oh Mama” below, and find Twin Peaks’ 2014 Daytrotter Session and upcoming tour dates further down.

Twin Peaks Tour Dates:

September
12 – Detroit, Mich. @ Majestic Theatre &
13 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Beachland Ballroom &
14 – Columbus, Ohio @ Newport Music Hall &
19 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Turner Hall Ballroom &
20 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Fine Line Music Cafe &
21 – Moline, Ill. @ The Rust Belt &

October
08 – Berlin, Germany @ Musik und Frieden *
09 – Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow Musikclub *
11 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Rotown *
12 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
14 – Cologne, Germany @ MTC *
15 – Paris, France @ La Boule Noire *
16 – London, U.K. @ Dome Tufnell Park *
18 – Leeds, U.K. @ Brudenell Social Club *
19 – Oxford, U.K. @ Ritual Union
20 – Cardiff, U.K. @ SWN Festival
30 – Louisville, Ky. @ Headliners Music Hall #
31 – St. Louis, Mo. @ The Ready Room #

November
01 – Omaha, Neb. @ The Waiting Room #
02 – Denver, Colo. @ Gothic Theatre #
05 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Metro Music Hall #
07 – Seattle, Wash. @ Neumos #
08 – Portland, Ore. @ Wonder Ballroom #
09 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ VENUE #
13 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Great American Music Hall #
15 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Teragram Ballroom @
16 – Solana Beach, Calif. @ Belly Up Tavern #
18 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ The Crescent Ballroom #
21 – Dallas, Texas @ Deep Ellum Art Co. #
22 – Houston, Texas @ Satellite Bar #
23 – Austin, Texas @ The Mohawk #
29 – Chicago, Ill. @ Riviera Theatre

December
04 – Burlington, Vt. @ Higher Ground Ballroom ^
05 – Boston, Mass. @ The Sinclair (early) @
05 – Boston, Mass. @ The Sinclair (late) !
06 – New York, N.Y. @ Webster Hall
10 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Union Transfer ^
11 – Washington, D.C. @ Black Cat ^
12 – Carrboro, N.C. @ Cat’s Cradle ^
13 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Variety Playhouse ^
14 – Nashville, Tenn. @ The Basement East ^
15 – Nashville, Tenn. @ The Basement East ^

February
26 – London, U.K. @ Electric Brixton

(& – with Dehd and Slow Pulp)
(* – with Dehd)
(# – with Post Animal & OHMME)
(@ – with OHMME)
(^ – with Lala Lala & OHMME)
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