Sounds: The Shinning Twins

posted by / interview, Magazine / March 22, 2012

You’d never guess that San Diego-bred Marisa Kreiss and Alex Weiss, the young sparkplugs who make up The Shining Twins, played the violin and piano before they formed a band. Because the sound they make today is far from classical — their sound growls. The bass rumbles like a revved Harley and the drums boom with bizarre energy (Marisa plays them standing up). And over the growl, two raw and smoky voices croon their two-minute anthems. Look for them at a venue near you. Unless you live in North Carolina. They’re not allowed back there. —Beau Flemister

Shinning Twins
Photo: Sherman

SURFING: MARISA, WHY DO YOU STAND WHEN YOU PLAY THE DRUMS?
Marisa Kreiss: It feels so awkward to be sitting down, hidden in the back. You can’t show off your cute outfit or your bod. Plus, you can put a lot of hate into those drums standing up. [laughs]

DO YOU GUYS LIKE TOURING?
Alex Weiss: We love touring! Touring was our No. 1 thing we wanted to do when we started. We wanted to make the music that we wanted to hear and do something punk rock and fun along the way.
Marisa: We also wanted to be onstage behind a mic and not have anyone tell us to shut up.

WE HEAR YOU’RE PRETTY WILD ON THE ROAD.
Alex: We did get escorted out of North Carolina.
Marisa: Yeah, we got a little rowdy at a gas station near Virginia, and when we pulled out, five state troopers were waiting for us and told us we had to leave the state and not stop until we crossed the other side of the border.
Alex: And the whole time I was in my Hello Kitty PJs!

WOW.
Alex: Yeah, and the kicker is that once we got into Virginia, we started speeding and got pulled over two minutes later!
Marisa: And the cop was all, “You guys are in a punk band? I love punk; I was just listening to The Pragmatics.” But he still gave us a ticket.

HOW’D YOU COME UP WITH THE BAND NAME?
Alex: The second time we ever hung out, we showed up at a party unintentionally wearing the same outfit. Then my dad picked us up the next morning and we were both hungover and he says, “You two look like shit — you look like The Shining twins.”

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