Twisted Wheel (band)
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Twisted Wheel Performing at Heaton Park in Manchester June 2009
|Origin||Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, England|
|Genres||Indie rock, punk rock, post-punk revival|
|Labels||Columbia Records, Ignition Records|
|Past members||Rick Lees
Formation and debut album
Twisted Wheel formed in February 2007 in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester by guitarist and singer Jonny Brown and bassist Rick Lees, later joined by drummer Adam Clarke. Frontman Jonny Brown heard the name in a Paul Weller track "Into Tomorrow", where the lyrics say "Round and round like a twisted wheel, Spinning in attempt to find the feel" and thought it suited the music. Twisted Wheel were booked as one of the support acts for Oasis's 2009 Heaton Park concerts. Embraced for their strong melodies, psychedelic themes and Brown's irreverent poignant lyrics, the band gained a following amongst old mods/punks and younger heads looking for music which represented their generation. They were labelled as punk rock although influences span folk and 1950s/1960s bands too. Twisted Wheel cite Davy Graham, Bob Dylan, The Stooges The Small Faces, The Who, The Jam, The Rolling Stones and Oasis among their main influences.
The band signed to Columbia Records in January 2008. Their first single, "She's A Weapon", was released in April 2008 to high acclaim by Radio 1's Zane Lowe, NME and Q. Their follow-up record, a four-track EP entitled You Stole The Sun, was released in July 2008. The band's debut album Twisted Wheel, produced in Los Angeles by Dave Sardy (producer of Oasis' Dig Out Your Soul and Don't Believe The Truth) was recorded in June 2008 and released on 13 April 2009. The first single from the album, "Lucy The Castle", was released in November 2008, with the follow-up, "We Are Us", released in March 2009.
The album received mixed reviews, but has gained them a following throughout the UK, at a headline gig at Manchester's Academy 1 in particular. On 10 April 2010, Twisted Wheel announced that the unreleased song Tell The World was to become available as a free download to all of the fans on their mailing list, as a thank you for the support they have received on their tour.
The band have spent the last three years on the road building an audience without major radio play. Despite no immediate follow-up to the album, the fan base has continued to grow. Twisted Wheel have supported heavyweight rock bands like Kasabian, The View, The Enemy and were the main support acts of Oasis in the homecoming tour of 2009. They have supported Paul Weller on tours and played at Reading, Leeds, T in the Park, Glastonbury and other large UK festivals. The band have toured Japan, as support with Jet as well as on headline shows. They were voted PRS second most gigged band in 2009.
Do It Again
The band drifted from the mainstream attention after their mad 2009. During this time, all members (except Jonny Brown) left the band. Eoghan Clifford took over on drums and Stephen Evans played bass and provided backing vocals for a period of time. The band created "more hardcore rock n roll punk melodies" for their second album. The band continued to write new material under a new style. Some of these songs were debuted during their tours of late 2010 to 2011. Twisted Wheel released their second album, "Do It Again", in September 2012. Brown described the album as "Nothing but pure as can be classy, balls out rock 'n’ roll with some beautiful melodic numbers to calm you down after you've burnt down your house." The third track, "Ride", has since been released as a single and for free download on the band's official site.
The band broke up on 13 July 2014, this was announced to fans via the band's Twitter account, with the tweet simply stating 'R.I.P. Twisted Wheel'. Since October 2014 Jonny Brown has embarked on a solo acoustic tour.
Their sound has been described as old school gritty rock 'n' roll reminiscent of the early Jam. The band have been noted as "a breath of fresh air" by Liam Gallagher. They also have a fan in Paul Weller, who came to watch them at London's 100 Club and invited the band on his summer forest tour in 2009. He has also offered the use of his studios for any recordings. They have commercially used covers of The Jam's 'That's Entertainment' and The Zombies 'She's Not there'. Their music ranges from the ballads of real characters and situations ('Strife', 'Bouncing Bomb') to punk anthems like 'Oh What Have You Done'.
The band describe themselves as a mixture of 1970s punk (Sex Pistols, The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers) and 1960s rock and roll (Rolling Stones, Kinks, The Who) with a pinch of Oasis thrown in. Other influences of the band include The Jam, The Stooges, Small Faces, The Smiths, The Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses. .
- Jonny Brown: vocals, guitar.
- Max Lees : bass
- Blair Murray: drums
- Adam Birchall: guitar
- Adam Clarke: drums – 2007 – 2010
- Rick Lees: bass – 2007 – 2010
- Neil Lavin: Keyboards 2009
- Eoghan Clifford: Drums – 2010 – 2013
- Stephen Evans: Bass 2010–2013
- Twisted Wheel (2009)
- Do It Again (2012)
"An Interview with Twisted Wheel", From Dusk 2 Dawn Magazine, Leicester, 18 May 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2010.