Admiral Twin

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Admiral Twin
Origin Tulsa, Oklahoma
Genres Alternative rock
Power pop
Years active 1997 – present
Labels New Pop Revival Records/Mojo Records
Website [16]
Members Mark Carr - vocals, bass, keyboards
Jarrod Gollihare - vocals, drums, keyboards
John Russell - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Past members Brad Becker (1997-2002) - vocals, guitar, keyboards, & more

Admiral Twin is an American rock band, formed in 1997 by members of the Mellowdramatic Wallflowers in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Some descriptions often applied include power pop, alternative rock, with occasional bits of alt-country and indie punk. With all of the band members, and producers, they bring many individual influences, skills, and ideas together into a collaborative studio and live show environment. The result is a rich mix of diverse yet harmonious, melody concentrated rock music.

Their name comes from the Admiral Twin Drive-In, a very popular drive-in theater that operated in Tulsa from 1951 until it was destroyed by a fire on September 3, 2010.[1][2] (The Admiral Twin Drive-In was rebuilt and reopened for business on June 15th 2012.) [3]

1997- August 2002[edit]

Admiral Twin released their debut CD, Unlucky, in December 1997 on independent New Pop Revival Records. The band consisted of Brad Becker (vocals, guitar, keyboards, and more), Mark Carr (vocals, bass), Jarrod Gollihare (vocals, drums), and John Russell(vocals, guitar).[4] All of the members are also songwriters. In support of Unlucky, they toured with local Tulsa pop-stars, Hanson, as the opening act on the Albertane Tour in the summer of 1998, playing to sold out crowds and many thousands of fans.[5]

They signed with Mojo records,[6] then a subsidiary of MCA/Universal in the fall of 1998, going in to the studio to record Mock Heroic, which was released June 20, 2000.[7] "Another Day" from Mock Heroic made a subtle appearance in a movie, The In Crowd. [8] Unfortunately, the fate of Mojo Records was shaky at this time, and after suffering through several months of uncertainty, the Mojo label was dropped from Universal and Admiral Twin became independent artists again with New Pop Revival.

The band released a Christmas EP in 2001.

In 2002 the band released Odds and Ends, a collection of demos and rarities from 1996-2000[9]

In late 2002 the band recorded backing vocals for a couple of tracks featured on Ripley, the solo album by The Tractors front man Steve Ripley.

In August 2002 Brad Becker left Tulsa and the band to pursue a career in an unrelated field.

Fall 2002 - 2011[edit]

Admiral Twin, now a trio, continued working on material for a new CD, Creatures of Bread and Wine, released May 13, 2003.[10] [11] They also made videos for "Dreamer" and "I'm Talking 'Bout Me".

In December 2003 the band released a second Christmas EP, and a video for "We Three Kings".

During the Creatures of Bread and Wine recording sessions, they also recorded their own rendition of the theme to the popular TV series Sealab 2021.[12]

Admiral Twin has won 5 Spot Music Awards as Best Pop Act of the year from the Tulsa World's annual recognition of Tulsa area musicians, voted on by the public. For this achievement, they will be eligible for the Spot Hall of Fame in 2008.: [13]

In early 2007 Admiral twin signed with The Pop Collective to release their 5th CD.[14]

Admiral Twin released their fifth CD, Center of the Universe, on October 16, 2007.[15] The first single from the CD is "In My Veins". A video for "Renegade Planet" can be seen at YouTube[16] and on their Myspace page.[17] Videos for "In My Veins" and "Good As Gold" are in production. One of the meanings behind the album title, Center of the Universe, is a Tulsa landmark of that name consisting of an acoustic phenomenon found in downtown Tulsa.[18]

Several Admiral Twin songs were featured in the 2008 film Tru Loved and the 2009 film Bitter/Sweet.

In 2010 the band performed and recorded songs written by Jim Edwards for the soundtrack to the film The Rock 'n' Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher.

In 2011 the band had songs featured in the film Compliance, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.

Discography[edit]

Unlucky 1997
Mock Heroic 2000
Christmas EP 2001
Odds & Ends 2002
Creatures of Bread & Wine 2003
Christmas EP 2003
The Center of the Universe 2007

Group Members[edit]

Mark Carr - vocals, bass, keyboards
Jarrod Gollihare - vocals, drums, keyboards
John Russell - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Brad Becker (1997–2002) - vocals, guitar, keyboards, & more

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Official Admiral Twin Website/bio
  2. ^ "Large fire reported at Admiral Twin Drive-In", Tulsa World, September 3, 2010.
  3. ^ "Admiral Twin, the sequel: Newly rebuilt, Tulsa's iconic drive-in theater set to open June 15"
  4. ^ [2] Official Admiral Twin Website/news archives
  5. ^ [3] Official Admiral Twin Website/tour journal
  6. ^ [4] Official Admiral Twin Website/news archives
  7. ^ [5] All Music
  8. ^ [6] IMDB The In Crowd
  9. ^ [7] Official Admiral Twin Website/bnews archives
  10. ^ [8] All Music
  11. ^ [9] Official Admiral Twin Website/news archives
  12. ^ YouTube - Admiral Twin - Sealab 2021 (theme song)
  13. ^ [10] Tulsa World
  14. ^ [11] The Pop Collective
  15. ^ [12] All Music
  16. ^ [13] YouTube - Renegade Planet
  17. ^ [14] Admiral Twin Myspace page
  18. ^ [15] Tulsa World


External links[edit]

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