Norma Jean Vocalist Cory Brandan & His Brother Matthew Launch New Project Orphantwin


Norma Jean vocalist/guitarist Cory Brandan has launched a new group dubbed orphantwin with his brother Matthew Putman. The duo announced themselves with a pair of singles, “Deathsurf” and “Headphones Or Die“. Both tracks are available to stream below.

Matthew commented of the project:

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“‘Deathsurf‘ was the song that birthed orphantwin. Cory and I started experimenting in the studio, writing shorter, hyper-focused songs based on the music we grew up with, filtered through the lens of our current songwriting and production aesthetic. ‘Deathsurf‘ draws inspiration from bands like Angel Hair, Voivod, Burned Up Bled Dry, and Slayer.”

Cory added of “Deathsurf” and the project:

“I had an incredibly vivid dream a few years ago. I saw a giant wave rising up over the tree line. I saw myself trying to get everyone inside before it reached us, I looked over again and I saw a much larger second wave behind the first. It covered the sky, and when it crashed, it consumed everything in its path.

orphantwin is a studio project with my brother, Matthew. We talk about everything, but especially the ways our brains process things and how our lives together are a wealth of inspiration. We wrote some songs about cataclysmic waves, and we wrote some songs about how, in hindsight, I should have surfed that shit.”

Speaking on the single “Headphones Or Die“, they collectively offered:

orphantwin at its heart is a studio project. Using the studio as an instrument allows us the freedom to take a 2-piece garage band and fill the gaps with sampling, sound design, copying, pasting, stretching audio, finding sounds we want from the space around us, and piling it on. Garage pop.”

Cory went on to say:

“This is a brothers project. Matthew and I look alike. Our voices and mannerisms are very similar. We’re only a year apart in age, so people have always referred to us as twins. orphantwin is the idea your reflection is a twin of you in another world. It’s about brothers.”

The group’s debut outing “Future Classic” has been slated for a June 03rd release through Solid State Records. It will run as follows:

01 – “Negative Threads
02 – “Deathsurf
03 – “Headphones Or Die
04 – “The Glimpse
05 – “llovvlless
06 – “Hominy

Pre-order it here.

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