Live Review: Girls + Twerps – Corner Hotel (08.02.12)

Locals Twerps had the arduous task of warming up the crowd on an early, Wednesday evening. Their dreamy laid back pop goes down well on record, however the bulk of their set didn’t do much for me.

Twerps play with no thrills, their live performance doesn’t add much to the studio recordings, they didn’t seem excited to be onstage, nor did they have an engaging presence. The lack of chemistry was disarming as the band awkwardly shuffled in time to the music and it was only during their last song that they actually played with a real enthusiasm which was fun to see. It was a shame that they didn’t bring that level of energy to the entire performance.

San Francisco natives Girls had the audience in a swooning frenzy for the duration of their set. There was romance resonating in the air with the stage decorated in lush flower arrangements and front man Christopher Owens gives off such a fragile vibe that you kind of just want to take the man home, make him a cup of tea, stroke his hair and tell him that everything is going to be okay.

The band were on fire right from the outset and they play with such obvious passion for their sound and were focused on creating an electric atmosphere to enthral the punters, while they looked to be having the time of their lives onstage, dancing around and playing up to one another. Highlights of the set included serene renditions of “Lust For Life”, “Vomit” and “Honey Bunny” with Owens & co. making the punters night by throwing the flowers into the crowd at the end of their set. Girls live show was a lot of fun and they almost had me believing in love again with the intimate warmth of their performance.