Born Twins, the latest project from Austin natives Singer Mayberry and David Lujan, brings the scope of their long musical career into focus with well-crafted songs and finely honed musical skill.
The analog indie pop duo has been performing in groups together since the early 2000’s. Both of their previous projects, Red Leaves and Bitter Birds toured the southwest United States extensively. Lujan, typically lead guitarist, plays both bass synthesizer and drums in Born Twins while Mayberry leads with guitar and vocals.
Born Twins, a namesake derived from the novel “A Scanner Darkly” by Phillip K. Dick, is an attempt for the two to move both forward and backward with their music. The novel’s main character Arctor, is made aware of the fact that his mind has split in to two separate halves, both halves receiving information and processing it at the same time separately. “I just felt like that character sometimes, you know,” said Lujan. “I have to play the drums and the bass and the vocal all at the same time, but at the same time make it seem like I’m not thinking about it. Like it is second nature.” Born Twins songs, penned by Lujan, often lean toward darker narratives. This imagery can be seen throughout his musical career. “Frankie Machine” the anchor track to Red Leaves’ full length LP ‘By Road Or Rail’ depicts characters from a Nelson Algren novel, while ‘St. Charles’ from the same album was written about Charles Bukowski, both authors with notably dark overtones.