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In 2004, vocalist Phil Etheridge and bassist Jon Watkin, two students studying music technology at Kidderminster College, formed Neon Twang. Inspired by acts like Happy Mondays and The Streets, their goal was to create the antithesis of dance music.
Guitarist Stuart Hartland, drummer Matty Clinton and a second vocalist, Martin Saunders, joined in 2005, and the band began performing at venues in and around Birmingham. Due to scuffles that were occurring during some performances, Neon Twang shortened their name to The Twang to avoid what was becoming a bad reputation.
Their debut single Wide Awake came out in early 2007 and reached No.15 on the UK singles chart, with their second single Either Way released shortly after and climbing to No.8. Later that year, The Twang’s debut album Love It When I Feel Like This, arrived. It was produced by Gavin Monaghan (Ocean Colour Scene, Paolo Nutini), who would become the group’s long-term collaborator.
Following a year of extensive touring to support it, The Twang moved to a remote cottage in Wales to focus on creating new tracks for their second album. They also worked with a producer in Spain, but their label wasn’t impressed with the results. Instead The Twang returned home to start from scratch and found a new practice space in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, for which they named their 2009 album.
Toward the end of 2012, joined by guitarist and occasional filmmaker Jon “Simmo” Simcox, they released their third album 10:20. The title came from a note that was taped to their studio door by an irate neighbour.
The Twang looked back at their roots with their fourth album, 2014’s NEONTWANG, and five years later recorded their fifth album If Confronted Just Go Mad.
The line-up changed greatly since they started, with Saunders having departed and Etheridge taking up solo vocal duties. As well as Watkin and Hartland, the roster is rounded out by drummer Ash Sheehan.
The Twang released an acoustic EP called Amsterdam in early 2020, followed a few months later by the single You On My Shoulders.