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CD Review: McTwist “Amateur Hour”

Formed in Rockville, Maryland in 2007, the new ‘cocktail rock’ band McTwist is off to a solid start with their debut record, “Amateur Hour”. They are not named after some sweet chocolate-vanilla confection available at McDonalds; McTwist refers to a skateboarding move first performed in the 80s by Mike McGill. But there is plenty of literal twisting evident in their music, as it is a hardy blend of many rock subgenres, including pop, alternative, punk/emo, and ska. Often, this kind of musical identity crises drives a listener insane, but kudos to McTwist for emerging from this sonic blender with a surprisingly distinct and identifiable sound of their own.