Real Live Action

Twin Forks

with The Treasures and Washboard Union
November 26th @ The Baltimore Cabaret

Real Live Review by Ally Quinney

Twin Forks lit up the Biltmore Cabaret on this Tuesday, November 26, along with the Treasures and Washboard Union. Twin Forks is folk-rock band out of Florida, consisting of Chris Carrabba (vocals), Suzie Zeldin (mandolin), Jonathan Clark (bass), and Ben Homola (drums).

You may know Chris Carrabba from his previous musical endeavours, Further Seems Forever and Dashboard Confessional. However, a simple glance at Zeldin on stage holding a mandolin, shows the audience that it’s in store for a foot-stomping, hand-clapping, singing at the top of your lungs, kind of show, and that’s exactly what Twin Forks gave us. The band came on stage at 10:30 p.m., and used the song, “Can’t Be Broken” to say hello to their fans. The room was pulsing from countless heels tapping continuously throughout the evening. It was almost impossible for the crowd to stop its feet from stomping and its hands from clapping to Twin Forks’ songs, such as “Back to you,” “Scraping Up the Pieces,” and “Something We Just Know.” The Biltmore Cabaret is an intimate venue. The dance floor was packed with excited fans, who could literally reach out and touch the band. Together, the four bandmates must have made eye contact with every person in the room. Carrabba expressed the importance of his relationship with his audience at small venues like the Biltmore Cabaret.

About halfway through the set, the band played “The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most,” a Dashboard Confessional hit. Carrabba and his fans whispered the chorus in sync, and the room was suddenly overflowing with nostalgia from 2001. Twin Forks played several covers throughout the night, including one that no one expected. Before breaking into song, Carrabba said the song he was about to play was one of the best songs out there right now.The band then began playing the intro to “Mean” by country music star, Taylor Swift. Although the diverse audience was full of bearded men with plaid shirts, pierced women with colourful hair, and middle-aged couples doing the two-step, everyone sang along to the lyrics, “Why you gotta be so mean?”

The Vancouver show was the last on Twin Forks’ Canadian tour. The band asked if the audience wanted to be a part of a new video project they were working on, and the fans were thrilled. Carrabba asked his fans to sing along to the chorus of their song, “Come On” and video tape the stage with their iPhones, as the band played well past their curfew. Before playing “Back to You.” Carrabba stressed that the band wouldn’t be playing an encore, simply because they weren’t allowed. The band ripped up the stage during the final song on their 2013 Canadian tour.

All in all, the show was an interactive, smorgasbord of Twin Forks, Dashboard Confessional, and various cover songs. The carefree dancing, smiles, and the singing from nearly the entire audience is evidence of the band’s success in the short time they’ve been performing together. With a new album due out in 2014, this new adventure into the country-folk genre seems to be a promising one for Twin Forks.