Written by Travis Shosa
This past April Fools’ Day, emo outfit Two Headed Girl released their debut album Media Naranja following a pair of EPs back in the late 2010s. Based out of Hartford, Connecticut, the four-piece band is spear-headed by Puerto Rican twins Angie and Celeste Padua. They refer to their music as twincore: jokingly labeling themselves as the successors of Good Charlotte and Tegan and Sara. The former comparison might be misleading: the latter less so. Similarly to the Quin sisters, the Paduas’ queerness informs the themes of their lyricism. However, their rough punk edges and deeper, breathy drawls juxtaposed with oft-shouted choruses might place them closer to a more poppy take on Captain My Captain-era Team Dresch.
Directed by Angie, the new video for the second single from Media Naranja, “Sensible Things,” features the stop-motion antics of two strange duck-billed plushies named simply for their colors: Blue and Pink. Color-coded subtitles plot their conversation: “Is it me, or does everything feel like one big loop?” Pink asks as they circle ’round and ’round. “Perhaps you are tripping, my friend,” Blue replies. As they affectionately chase and tussle with each other, a pastel bear-like creature looms in the background, stoically observing the pair. They decide to kill it, but each attempt ends the same. With their asses kicked. After several tries, they give in, succumbing to the loop and the ever-present blank gaze of their overseer. “This is pretty absurdist,” says Pink after sniffing the camera. It is: suitably so for a song that vehemently declares, “I’m done with sensible things.”
For more Two Headed Girl, you can watch the video for Media Naranja’s first single, “Our Fingers and the Dirt”:
Travis Shosa is the founder and editor-in-chief of Stamens/Pistils/Parties. Formerly the runner of COUNTERZINE, he has bylines at Pitchfork, The Alternative, and Post-Trash among others.