The 3-piece indie-pop rockers have been developing their sound over the last year, dropping critically acclaimed tracks ‘Inside Out’, ‘I Never’ and ‘You Got Me Good’ in the process. This is real-talk, infectious song-writing delivered with passion from start to finish, and ‘I Can’t Afford Her’’ is no exception.
Undeniably catchy and downright likeable from the get-go, the uplifting vocal harmonies are built upon the festival-worthy foundations, weaving intricate guitar work and bass licks.
After racking up support from Chris Hawkins, at BBC 6 Music, Ollie Winiberg at BBC Intro Essex, Melita Dennett BBC The South and XS Manchester, few can lay claim to having such an instant global impact, yet The New Twentys are being heard on a global scale, including spins at LA’s Idobi Radio and Australia’s Bank Radio too. This is the start of something truly exciting, and they’d love every single one of you to join them.
Please introduce yourself in less than 10 words…..
Jittery, frantic, intense people with kind hearts and good intentions.
What made you want to get into music?
Me and Harry are brothers and for us it was growing up around music because our Dad loves it and taught us the guitar and encouraged us every step of the way. Chris grew up around music too because one of his older brothers is in a band, so it’s something that grabbed all of our attention early on.
What’s the writing process?
The three of us go down to Cornwall where the internet is shaky and there is no one around to distract us. We lock ourselves away for 6 weeks at a time, strap ourselves in for the ride and try our best to enjoy the intensity of the creative energy that sparks up when we all start our engines going. It’s the most fun times ever, the best conversations and inspiring moments, all balanced out with a dose of frustration – the kind of frustration you could imagine if you were playing with several different jigsaw puzzles for 6 weeks straight (except there is no picture on the box to refer back to so it is guess work if you are getting it right or not ahah). We also work on things when we are back home from Cornwall of course, and sometimes we write songs by ourselves and bring them to the table. We are very grateful to be in a band where each one of us is a songwriter, but Cornwall is where we like throwing paint at the wall.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
We have come across the problem that anything you want to do as a musician costs money. If you want to record or get a song mixed – money, if you want to do a video that is half decent – money, if you want your song to be on all the streaming platforms – money, if you want your release to have any kind of impact (PR, Ads, Playlist Plugger, Radio Plugger etc etc) – money, money, money. Oh and if someone says they will do all this stuff for you and they shoot you over a contract, the person that reads that contract to check you aren’t signing your life away wants SO MUCH MONEY! And this is before anything comes back in, and after you’ve bought all your equipment and paid for rehearsal time. If we are wishing for stuff, can we change this somehow? Probably not, so can you chuck us a few quid? However, we really like how some sync companies are working on a non-exclusive, procurement basis, that is very nice and friendly of them so big up!
If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?
We would love to get in the studio with someone like Bruno Mars or Benny Blanco. They seem like a laugh.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
It all has to come from you, no one else can do it for you. Duffy told me that when I used to be in contact with her when I was like 16 and I’ve only just realised what she meant. I’m a pretty slow learner.
What other bands do we need to be checking out right now?
Wooze, Parcels, Uncool Uncool, Cobain Jones, Marcelo De La Vega.
What’s in store for you when all this is over?
We actually have a couple festivals booked in for this summer – Rock Oyster in Cornwall, Bigfoot in Warwickshire and talk of maybe some more but obviously it’s all a bit up in the air right now. We are so itching to do gigs now though and see some happy faces!
What do you miss most about live gigs?
It is just the simple magic of the energy in the room and meeting new people.
Where can we find out more?
Head over to our instagram @newtwentys and our website for any merch www.thenewtwentys.com
Talk us through the new track and video?
The new track is called ‘I Can’t Afford Her’ and it us paying homage to the pop-punk bands that shaped us in our formative years. This is the first proper video we will have done, meaning the only one so far which has a storyline and a director. It will be outrageous and fingers-crossed, very funny! We don’t want to give away more than that really but we definitely think it will be well worth watching!