TWIN XL is the project from Cameron Walker-Wright and brothers Stephen and John Gomez. Walker-Wright is an established songwriter/producer and he’s also fronted up synth-rock band NEKOKAT. Stephen and John Gomez are known most for their time in pop punk band The Summer Set. TWIN XL is a band the trio started in 2018 and so far, they’ve been pleasantly surprised with the return on their efforts. Their debut EP How To Talk To Strangers set the band up with an established fan base and the two singles they’ve released in 2020, “Melt” and “Problematic” have established some real momentum for the band. Alternative Addiction recently spoke with Walker-Wright about all things TWIN XL including how the band got together, their 2020 singles, and writing while in quarantine.
“The three of us have been friends for a long time. We were just writing songs to write songs,” explained Walker-Wright in the interview with aa. “Then, we did that for a year. At some point John called me and suggested we just put the songs out and see if people like it.”
Now, almost two and a half years into the project, TWIN XL is going strong for the trio of songsmiths. With each release they’ve put out, single or a collection of songs, the buzz surrounding them has gotten bigger and bigger. Like everyone else, they’re trying to figure out how to do things in and after the COVID-era of the world, but they’ve got stuff in mind.
“The goal is to work towards a full-length album. We put out an EP and we didn't even know if this was a band that we were going to tour on. We put out an EP and we ended up being on tour for two years. We didn't have a ton of time to think about things, we just started writing songs. Now, in our heads, everything will eventually be on a full-length album. "Melt" has been out there for a while; we’ve been playing it on the road for over a year. We just figured that with everything that's going on, we'd just throw it out there.”
Elaborating on the release of “Melt” earlier this year despite the band not having announced a full-length record or being out on tour, Walker-Wright said it just made sense to throw it out there as a sign of appreciation to the people who have supported TWIN XL since its start.
“Because people knew it from the shows and fans were asking for it, I didn't really see a reason not to release it. It's not what I would choose to be a single from our next release, but I think it's a great song. It goes over well live. We wanted to give back to all the people who came to shows and supported us the past couple of year,” added the vocalist.
Walker-Wright said that their latest single, “Problematic” follows the same pattern that “Melt” has. It’s a song that they’ve been playing during a tour and it made sense to throw that one out in addition to their previously released song this year.
“It's kind of the same deal,” said Walker-Wright regarding “Problematic.” “Fans know it. Fans are at home and they spent all this time and money going out to support us over the past couple of years - they're excited about new music and we want to support them and give them something to be excited about.”
“Melt” and “Problematic” are the band’s two newest songs, but they were written before everyone went into self-isolating and quarantine. Still, the new phase of the world has given TWIN XL time to write songs, even if they’re not in the same state while they’re doing it.
“It's been a little bit of a learning process because we write on Zoom basically,” said Walker-Wright on how the band has been writing during COVID. “We get together and talk about what we want to do, and somebody has a melody or a guitar part or something and then everybody breaks away and works on different parts and we send them around. It's more of a process but in some ways it's cool because there's something refreshing about not being rushed to finish a song. Instead of having to finish a song in five hours, we can work on specific parts for hours at a time and do it that way. There's pros and cons but you just make the best of it.”
“On the bright side, some of the writers that I've worked with - guys who weren't able to record their own stuff or their own vocals - they're going out there and buying ProTools and things like that and figuring it out. On the other side of all this stuff, people are going to have all of these skills that they never used to have time to learn.”
Walker Wright talked a bit about the status of NEKOKAT during the interview, he stopped short of saying the project was finished but did note that TWIN XL is his focus right now.
“Right now, TWIN XL is the priority. I don't know if we might make some more music at some point with that project. Right now, I'm in full TWIN XL mode though.”
A big part of why TWIN XL is the priority for Walker Wright is because of how good he and the Gomez brothers work together. He talked a bit about their chemistry writing and performing to close out the interview.
“It's one of those things where it's hard to explain. Ever since the first couple of songs we wrote, the chemistry was great. We balance each other out well. John and Stephen are brothers and have obviously been making music together forever. It just works. A big thing is we were just having fun making music and then the people surrounding you heard the music and they perked up, we figured out that we were onto something cool.”-aa