By now, you should all be up to speed regarding Mystery Twins: They are, as I put it, a "splinter group" featuring 50 percent of The Clutters. Hell, I explained it all in a Critic's Pick about two months ago, just read it again:
Garage-rock bashers The Clutters have been a fixture within the local rock scene for the better part of a decade — not to mention a candidate for Best Local Band Name, what with “The Clutters” being a pretty solid true-crime/Truman Capote reference and all. With bassist Jake Rosswog currently traveling internationally, however, it seems The Clutters are out of commission until this summer. But, not content to twiddle their thumbs for several months, frontman Doug Lehmann and drummer Stephanie Brush formed a splinter group by the name of Mystery Twins. Their forthcoming EP — titled Love Is Strange, in honor of their cover of Mickey and Sylvia’s 1956 hit of the same name (anybody else remember that scene in Terrence Malick’s Badlands?) — won’t be out for another month or two. But live, the duo has already begun to hone their minimalist chemistry, harmonizing, thumping and loud-quiet-louding their way through first-generation R&B and rock ’n’ roll tunes (Petula Clark’s “Heart” is a standout) and originals alike.
Yeah, so that bit when I said "won't be out for a month or two"? It's been a month or two, and the EP has hit the shelves — like, all of the shelves. You want diverse formats? The MTs are basically making it impossible for you not to hear this EP — you can currently download Love Is Strange on iTunes or on Bandcamp; you can stream it via Vimeo (above) or via Bandcamp (below); or you can buy it on cassette (comes with a digital download) at local retailers Grimey's and The Groove.
The Twins will celebrate their release with a show tonight at Mercy Lounge, and the bill is as round and inviting as ... well, a round, warm, inviting thing. See for yourself: Support includes Jasmin Kaset (whose arsenal features "arresting melodies, evocative imagery and meticulously unraveling arrangements," says Steve Haruch); the relentlessly thrashing The Ultras S/C (described by this guy as a "kind of a White Stripes, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion racket that grips me firmly and shakes me inside"); and Codaphonic (who, as Adam Gold says, "combine Nick Lowe’s brand of jaunty pure pop with some classic — i.e., ’90s — indie-rock sensibilities and an unabashed affinity for The Beatles"). And hey, there's a Facebook event page. Starts at 9 p.m., and $7 gets you in.