Metro Gutter Twins Preview
A nice preview of the upcoming Gutter Twins show –
The Gutter Twins explore the darker side | Metro.co.uk
Nostalgia tours may comfort older fans bewildered by the brash sounds and befuddling monikers of the young, but acts with real talent continue to look forward rather than back.
So though The Gutter Twins features two of the grunge era’s most charismatic and notorious frontmen, Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan and Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli, they’re not about to take us on a trip down memory lane. Not that they need to when they’ve got an album as spooked and involving as March’s Saturnalia to keep us entertained with.
Indeed, one hopes that the day Lanegan hawks a tour on the back of Dust (Screaming Trees’ 1996 classic) or Dulli gives the nod to an anniversary edition of the Whigs’ 1993 Gentlemen LP is the day that they quit cigarettes for chamomile tea. And neither have they reason to: the pair’s recent work is increasingly overshadowing their 1990s catalogue; Lanegan with his own parched solo albums and collaborations with the likes of Isobel Campbell, and Dulli with The Twilight Singers.
Saturnalia is the fruit of a flirtation that dates back to 2000 and sees the duo, who are both survivors of life-threatening drug addictions, explore ideas of redemption and hedonism; of being drawn to both the light and the dark. Their feet are still in the gutter, but they’re looking at the stars.