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Rock-pop four-piece to launch new album with set at O2 academy; AS THEY PREPARE FOR THEIR ALBUM LAUNCH GIG, FOUR-PIECE TWISTER, CHAT TO SARAH JEFFERY ABOUT THEIR NEW MUSIC.

ROCK pop band Twister are set to launch their third album, Designed State of Mind, this weekend.

The four-piece, who hail from former Durham pit village Shotton Colliery, are currently on a 10-date tour across the UK to promote the album, and will be playing at Newcastle's O2 Academy 2 on Sunday to officially launch it.

The band will also be supporting Tygers of Pan Tang at The Cluny on October 21 as part of the tour and are also thrilled to have been nominated for seven Ubeat TV Awards, including Best Band, Single, Album and Act of the Year.

Lead vocalist Stevie Stoker said: "I believe the next steps are big ones. We've already supported some huge household names such as Status Quo, Simple Minds, Texas, Jools Holland, Scouting for Girls and Electric Six to name a few, but we need to get to the level where we are constantly mentioned in the same circles as them. "I've a great support team behind us who all see the potential in the band and we all have the same goals. So, hopefully, we can start building a very bright future together.

"This album is so special to me for a few different reasons and this is the first album where the same musicians have played on it throughout, and we have all gone through ups and down of the recording process together giving up so much to get to where we are and hopefully now we can sit back and enjoy the rest of the release period.

"The launch itself though is going to be amazing as we've worked so hard to get to this point and can't wait for everyone to hear what we have been working on."

The band are no strangers to the music scene and have been working hard to establish themselves in the North East and beyond since 2004.

Formed by Stevie, the band has undergone a couple of line-up changes over the years, and early 2015 saw Kyle Hughes, Edward Bell and Karl Stott leave the band, to be replaced by drummer Joe Major, backing vocalist and guitarist Jake Grimes, and guitarist Matthew Whitaker. Twister are now looking forward to being back on the road and promoting their new music.

Joe said: "I think music just makes me feel like myself because when I'm at home I'm either playing music, listening to music or asleep. I tend to listen to different bands depending on what I'm doing or how I'm feeling - it could be to let out some anger, cheer me up or just get me in the right mindset to go and play a gig. But it doesn't really matter what I listen to, as long as I'm listening to something.

"I'm really excited for everyone to hear what we've been working so hard for. A lot of people are quite used to the new songs because of how often we play them live, but I'm really proud of the studio versions and I hope everyone will enjoy them.

"As for the launch of the album, it's going to be something special. I'm really looking forward to holding a physical copy of the album - it represents about a year of hard work and so it will be great to finally enjoy the fruits of our labour."

Designed State of Mind, which consists of Twister's latest single, Trees, will be released on Monday. Standard tickets for the O2 Academy gig on Sunday cost PS6 and VIP tickets are PS10, available from www.ticketweb.co.uk.

Doors open at 7pm and support is from Catalyse, Craig Roddam and Singapore Safehouse.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 7, 2016
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