…”very modern sounding, skipping over the complete ‘80s fetishization that many other modern dream pop bands rely on, and instead mixing those flavors with something very new…” -Bank Robber Music
Twin Rains is Jay Merrow and Christine Stoesser. The pair met as roommates in 2009 and within weeks were making music together. They were founding members of Make Me Young, a Toronto indie band that released a critically acclaimed album in 2010 and licensed music to Degrassi. Make Me Young disbanded shortly after the release of the album, but Jay and Christine continued writing music together for film and television. In 2012, in need of a change, they moved to Vancouver bringing only two suitcases and an assortment of instruments. Somewhere between teaching music (Jay guitar, Christine piano), experimenting with synths and drum machines, and exploring a newfound passion for spending time in nature, Twin Rains was born.
Their debut album Automatic Hand, is full of slow to mid-tempo grooves, ethereal soundscapes and penetrating poetry. Recorded almost entirely by Jay, a self-taught engineer and producer, and produced by Twin Rains, Automatic Hand is the spellbinding result of the duo’s longstanding musical collaboration amidst years of change and introspection.
After hearing an early copy of the album, Rough Trade’s New York office signed Twin Rains to their publishing roster. The album was released November 18, 2016, to critical acclaim while the duo toured BC and Ontario, playing a vinyl release show in Vancouver and celebrating their Toronto debut at ROM’s Friday Night Live AFTERGLOW event. Automatic Hand spent months on the college radio charts and has received plays on several CBC radio shows. In early 2017, Twin Rains released ‘People Not Ready’ on a Rough Trade charity compilation to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center.