The Constellation Room was the place to be on Tuesday night as Chicago-based Twin Peaks and local heroes Meatbodies took to the stage of Orange County's home for indie and alternative (and the occasional hip hop as evidence by the Redman/Method Man show happening over at the main stage the same night).
Meatbodies opened things up after a brief set from Criminal Hygiene with a raucous sound equal parts tear your flesh off heavy metal and bruised up punk rock; think Motorhead by way of the Southland and you're on the right track. The crowd especially got into Meatbodies' set, violently moshing as the So Cal natives tore up the stage. it was a sight to see but one I was happy enough to witness off to the side.
Making the rounds in support of the four piece's current long player, Wild Onion, the boys of Twin Peaks seemed like they were having more than a good time on stage as they blasted through a relentless set, climbing atop their own gear and crashing into the audience along the way. They carried themselves with a great deal of attitude, at times seeming like they were playing more for their own amusement than the audience's enjoyment. I'm almost hesitant to remark that this careless disregard informed their terrific set and might be a portent of a great band in the making. Only time (and a follow up album or two) will tell.
Both Meatbodies and Twin Peaks are very much bands in the purest sense of the word. Each set was the product of a group effort on behalf of each band's members. In this way, they worked perfectly as companion acts sharing the same bill.
Twin Peaks is currently in the middle of a west coast tour with Meatbodies providing support for dates until the 18th, including stops at LA's The Echo and San Diego's Casbah. For more info be sure to check both bands out on Facebook and Twitter.
Twin Peaks on Twitter: @twinpeaksdudes
Meatbodies on Twitter: @meatbodies