The past two years have been full of ups and down for Twin Brother. In early 2017, singer and founding member Sean Raasch expanded his longtime trio into a full-fledged six-piece band and put out the excellent Alone In Austin EP. In December of that same year, Raasch announced the band was no more. Fortunately, the sudden end of Twin Brother didn’t last long, as the bandleader decided he wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the name and the project he’d put the better part of a decade into building.
Last February, Raasch formally released Rightfully So, the singer-songwriter’s solo take on Twin Brother. Following a select few shows he played in support of the stripped-down and self-recorded release, Raasch made the decision last year to take an indefinite hiatus from performing as Twin Brother. As it turns out, that break didn’t extend to songwriting because earlier this month, Raasch released A.I., a 10-song album that found the project venturing into exciting new sonic territory. Though the record’s electronic touches and production savvy showcased an encouraging evolution for the project, it turns out A.I. will be Twin Brother’s swan song.
Over the weekend, Raasch officially announced the end of Twin Brother on a video he posted on the project’s Facebook page.
“After thinking about it for a long time, it’s the end of the road for Twin Brother,” Raasch says in the video. “Through that band, I’ve grown a lot. I’ve made great relationships and I’ve lost great relationships. But in the end, it’s not me anymore.”
Despite Twin Brother’s conclusion, Raasch promises this isn’t the last you’ve heard from him.
“Twin Brother is over. Something new is on the way, but I don’t know when. I don’t know what it’s called. I don’t know what it sounds like. I don’t know anything about it yet, but it is coming.”
Since formally coming onto the scene in 2013, Twin Brother managed five releases. The band’s 2014 album, Swallow The Anchor, cracked the top 10 in our best Milwaukee albums list that year. Along the way, Raasch and company played dozens of shows through the city and the Midwest and treated Turner Hall to a masterful adaptation of Klassik’s material during our second annual Local Coverage benefit.
As surprising and unceremonious as Twin Brother’s end is, the band will be missed. That said, we’re excited to hear what Raasch does next. You can listen to Raasch talk about Twin Brother’s end below.