Alexandra and Záchary James are the architects of Twin Temple, a duo dedicated to promoting Satanism and Rock & Roll in the style of the 50’s and early 60’s in equal parts. They met through the punk scene in Los Angeles. Both were involved in other projects such as The Thunder Boys, until they decided to do what they really liked: Rock & Roll in the style of the 50’s and early 60’s. Among their favourite bands are included Buddy Holly, The Shirelles, The Shangri-las, The Platters, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, among others. Twin Temple is officially founded on Halloween 2016, the date is very appropriate.
The James are true believers, the subject of Satanism is not a theatrical prop, for them it’s their faith and their way of understanding life, you just have to see the private area that appears on their website to see that things are serious. Both devout and fans of rock’n’roll are part of the audience of this duo, which has created a sound that combines their satanic ideology with Rock & Roll from the 50’s and 60’s.»For us, there is a connection between Satanism and rock ‘n’ roll: Both are highly defined by transgression, rejection of social norms, and a fierce sense of individualism and foreign culture. Historically, American rock and roll played an integral role in social justice and equality. In the face of Jim Crow’s racist laws of the south and segregation, there were black and White teenagers dancing together at Frankie Lymon shows. It was about social change, breaking the limits and all the oppressive rules of the old guard. In our minds, vintage rock and roll, doo-wop and Satanism go hand in hand. But at the same time, we recognize that is not the most usual pairing! It’s just a reflection of everything we love. «We have always loved Rock & Roll especially from the Golden age of American music, but we are also Satanists and study the occult We both practiced magic. It was a crazy idea. Why can’t you love Roy Orbison and call Satan at the same time? Satanism has been relegated to the metal scene for so long, but we are Satanists and listen to The Platters and Buddy Holly. This album was something we wanted to create ourselves … we were happy to see that other people liked it too”, said Alexandra.
Their debut album Twin Temple (Bring You They Signature Sound … Satanic Doo-Wop) from 2018 is full of stupendous songs with melodies, evoking the most melodic R’n’R bands of the late 50’s, the girl’s groups from the early 60’s, the R’n’B, and the First Time Soul. Despite the title of the album and the duo being defined musically as Satanic Doo Wop, this genre doesn’t appear clearly on the album, there are songs that could be if they had the choirs and onomatopoeias typical of the style, everything has a certain aftertaste to this type of music, but from afar. The album was released by the band independently and limited to 666 vinyl copies, which quickly sold out, it was reissued in all formats in 2019. Some of the albums from the first edition are already priced at 100$. It was recorded analogically and the old-fashioned way, like it was done in the early 60’s.»Something we are tired of is all overproduced records», says Alexandra. “It just brings out the soul of music. With this record, we wanted to get rid of all that. We watched how all of our heroes made records in the 1950’s and 60’s. They weren’t even mixed in stereo back then, so we made the album in mono. We did everything, including the voice, live to record. We gone into the studio, played songs two or three times, and choose the best shots. All registration was done in a day and a half. It has that rawness because we wanted to capture the human element, instead of overproducing everything. The perfect thing is boring». The album has perfect arrangements for this type of composition, and a wonderful production according to them. If his debut sets the bar high, his 2019 single surpasses it. With a similar production and arrangement, the two songs that compose it are true jewels «Santan’s Woman / I’m Witched» make up a perfect single. «Santan’s Woman» has a more festive air tan the rest of their compositions, and leads us directly to the fashionable dances of the early 60’s, twist, watusi, bird, etc.… but with a Satanist theme. «I’m Witched» is a R’n’B song, in which Alexandra’s voice sounds equally sensual and powerful, a floor filler with a magnificent guitar solo. At the moment this is what they have edited, hopefully this year they Will give us our ears with some new work. It had been a long time since a group had surprised me so much with their proposal. I recommend listening them, but I warn that it could be dangerous, maybe you end up selling your soul to Satan for one more Twin Temple song.