The Deli Philly’s Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Twiin

By: Alexis V.

April 09, 2015

Twiin is made up of (non-twin) sister-brother combo, Lauren and Jon Tsipori, Andy Silverman, and Dan Lipshutz. The garage-punk four-piece currently only has one bawdy single available for streaming and download, but hopefully the prizes that they won from our Featured Artist(s) Poll will change all that. Until then, learn a bit more about Twiin from our interview below. (Photo by Holli Stephens)


The Deli: How did you start making music? 


Twiin: Lauren and Andrew have been together in a few bands since high school. After cycling through different members, Andrew brought on his childhood friend Dan to take on the drums, and Lauren brought on her brother Jon, who joined her to front the band with vocals and rhythm guitar. 


TD: Where did the band name Twiin come from? 


T: We were throwing around names for a while, but nothing seemed to really capture the essence of our band. Finally, we thought of Twiin: We've got the sibling front duo, and the definition of twin is a complimentary pair.


TD: What are your biggest musical influences?


T: X, Pixies, the Cramps, Ty Segall.


TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?


T: Concord America is an awesome band from Georgia that we caught twice on their tour through Philly - we've been listening to a lot of them. Also, we were turned on to Burger Records out in LA last summer, so bands like Cherry Glazerr and Pangea. In Philly, definitely Mannequin Pussy, we always try to get out to their shows.


TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?


Dan Lipshutz: Concert - Canned Heat; Album - No Strings Attached, 'N Sync.

Lauren Tsipori: Concert- Avril Lavigne; Album - M!ssundaztood, P!nk.

Jon Tsipori: Concert - Santana; Album - The Black Album, Jay Z.

Andy Silverman: Concert - Hanson; Album - Mmmbop, Hanson.


TD: What do you love about Philly?


T: Philly's been amazing for us as a new band. The underground community is huge, so there are always new basement venues popping up for bands to play. Also, there's always a couple shows going on everyday of the week.


TD: What do you hate about Philly?


T: It would have to be separation between the scenes. Philly is really on the rise, becoming the place to be for underground music, and we feel that if we could all pull together, we could take Philly to the next level as a music city.


TD: What are your plans for 2015?


T: We're putting out a few tracks soon, but hoping to release a full-length LP by the end of this year. Definitely hitting the road for our first tour as well.


TD: What was your most memorable live show?


T: We had a ton of fun playing one of our first shows. The crowd was crazy, Jon got knocked into the drum set, and we blew the power out at the end of our set.


TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?


T: A hot corned beef Ruben on Jewish rye, slathered in Russian, with a pickle on the side and a Yoo-hoo.