Tomorrow that never was
After a noticeable self-released debut-EP in 2011, the Russian duo is back with a definitive post-punk burst of its own hallmark. With "Tomorrow That Never Was", Twinmachine has managed to blend grinding metallic shards of processed guitars with the sort of assertive driving bass lines that Red Lorry Yellow Lorry or Bauhaus would be proud of. Add to this formula futurist ethereal synths, early The Cure chords and Constantin's vocals switching easily among post-punk/new wave voices and alternative tones, being the whole sonic assault powered by relentless machine drums and loads of reverb.
Nevertheless, Twinmachine transforms these old school beats into contemporary sounds. Far from recalling exclusively the eighties spectres, the nine tracks appear modern and refreshing. Even from time to time this pack filters subtly some current influences as different from each other as Whispers in the Shadow, Jesus & Mary Chain or Smashing Pumpkins. Thus "Tomorrow that never was" is a valuable creation that fully lives up to its title through a new post-punk/goth sound approach.
Heritage and creativity going hand in hand. For anyone interested in the development of the post-punk scene beyond the skillfully use of an eyeliner, this album is a very welcome light to shine into the darkness.
Review by Billyphobia