Identical twin sisters are part of the musical group Braemore
The Adams twins prove to the alternative pop world that two is better than one.
Twins and alumni April and Taylor Adams have been performing since the age of 13. Now, as college graduates, the sisters perform on stage for venues such as Whiskey a Go Go, The Bourbon Room and Avalon Hollywood as singers of Braemore, an alternative band they created in 2016. In l In the absence of a live performance, April said the sisters spend their time writing songs and plan to set up live streams on Instagram to share their new music.
“(In 2021, we) want to start recording our new songs,” April said. “And then whenever it’s safe, (we want to) start performing in front of an audience.”
With deep tonal vocals, choppy drums, and R&B beats, Taylor said Braemore has an alternate bass-focused sound. However, that hasn’t always been the case, Taylor said, as the sisters began their musical journey as an acoustic duo, picking up songs and posting them to YouTube. At the time, Taylor said the two saw themselves as singers, not songwriters. It was their father who ultimately encouraged them to start writing their own music, and now she says the duo create lyrics as if they were telling stories.
“(Writing) our own music (has) become one of the best outlets for us,” Taylor said. “It’s one of the most rewarding experiences we’ve had, making our music and hearing people love it, sing it and resonate it. “
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Although the twins are identical, Taylor says she thinks their most important thing in common is their music. Their relationship wouldn’t be the same if one of them hadn’t been inclined to music, and music is family, she said, as the sisters aren’t the only Adams in. the group. Their older half-brother Randell Adams once performed at a summer music festival, the Vans Warped Tour, and is Braemore’s current bassist.
“My sister and I would go to (his) show and that would be the coolest thing to see people sing songs our brother wrote, ”Taylor said.
The women were inspired by their brother, also keen to share their music with the world, Taylor said. And in order to do so, she said the two began to move away from their acoustic sound, collaborating with other musicians to establish an alternate pop sound. Braemore’s creation was inevitable, as the twins knew they wanted a certain sound, and it was the one that needed a band to back them up, April noted.
The group’s drummer, Tib Van Dyke Jr., said he found out about the twins through their father, who ran a bar where they performed. The working relationship led to his eventual involvement in Braemore, and he said the sisters worked well together with their harmonies, song structure and composition.
Although the twins have been performing from a young age, Taylor says being a woman in the music industry hasn’t always been easy. They haven’t seen a lot of live bands with young women, and because of that, she said she and her sister need to learn how to assert themselves in the industry. The first time Braemore performed at Whiskey a Go Go, workers assumed their bassist was the frontman, although April said the twins matched the venue.
“(The workers) would assume I didn’t know how to use something on my keyboard or they would automatically go talk to one of my group mates because they’re all male,” April said.
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Nonetheless, Taylor said the twins viewed these cases as growing experiences. Experiences like this made them realize there was no room for uncertainty in their performances – a confidence April said they exude both in the music studio and on stage.
As twins, April said the two naturally lean on each other for support. It’s heartwarming to have Taylor next to her, and she said she thinks their identical nature gives them a “wow” factor on stage. People are intrigued by their performance, first because it’s two women in an alternate group, and secondly because they’re twin sisters.
Currently, Braemore has started recording demos, as Taylor said the band hopes to use this time to produce new tracks. For them, the COVID-19 pandemic is a blessing in disguise, because April said that being in their 40s allows the twins to write more songs than they usually would in a normal year. For now, Taylor said the group plans to live stream small performances at local restaurants via Instagram.
“It’s so weird not to be on stage,” Taylor said. “We really miss it. But right now it’s just a matter of writing a lot and hopefully recording soon.