NewsMay 13, 2022 1:42 PM ET3,062 views

Norma Jean vocalist Cory Brandan launches new band Orphantwin with his brother Matthew

Two songs from the group's debut record can be streamed now.

orphantwin

Official press release:

orphantwin will release their new record Future Classic on June 3 via Solid State Records.

orphantwin are a band of brothers — quite literally. The blood bond between Norma Jean vocalist Cory Brandan and his brother Matthew Putman operates as the beating heart of this Arkansas-based duo.

Today, the duo has shared the double single "Deathsurf" and "Headphones or Die":


"'Deathsurf' was the song that birthed orphantwin," says Matthew. "Cory and I started experimenting in the studio, writing shorter, hyper-focused songs based on the music we grew up with, filtered through the lens of our current songwriting and production aesthetic. 'Deathsurf' draws inspiration from bands like Angel Hair, Voivod, Burned Up Bled Dry, and Slayer."

Cory furthers, "I had an incredibly vivid dream a few years ago. I saw a giant wave rising up over the tree line. I saw myself trying to get everyone inside before it reached us, I looked over again and I saw a much larger second wave behind the first. It covered the sky, and when it crashed, it consumed everything in its path. orphantwin is a studio project with my brother, Matthew. We talk about everything, but especially the ways our brains process things and how our lives together are a wealth of inspiration. We wrote some songs about cataclysmic waves, and we wrote some songs about how, in hindsight, I should have surfed that shit."

Regarding "Headphones or Die," the duo states, "orphantwin at its heart is a studio project. Using the studio as an instrument allows us the freedom to take a 2-piece garage band and fill the gaps with sampling, sound design, copying, pasting, stretching audio, finding sounds we want from the space around us, and piling it on. Garage pop."

Future Classic track listing:

1. Negative Threads
2. Deathsurf
3. Headphones or Die
4. The Glimpse
5. llovvlless
6. Hominy

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"This is a brothers project," says Cory. "Matthew and I look alike. Our voices and mannerisms are very similar. We're only a year apart in age, so people have always referred to us as twins. orphantwin is the idea your reflection is a twin of you in another world. It's about brothers."

orphantwin quietly materialized over the past few years. During the recording of Norma Jean's All Hail in 2019, Matthew contributed heavily as a co-writer, co-producer, percussionist, and engineer. It's as though he was a ghost member of the band. Among his contributions, they collaborated on the opener "Orphan Twin." When the world shut down in 2020, Cory and Matthew resumed writing together. It naturally morphed into its own beast as they progressed.

On a whim, they shared the demos with Solid State and landed a deal. They finished what would become Future Classic in Springfield, MO, with Norma Jean bassist Michael Palmquist behind the board as producer in 2022.

Ultimately, orphantwin welcome everyone into the family on Future Classic. "My goal is to create escapism," Cory finishes. "I love it when art helps you get away from all of the worries of your life or the world. There's no agenda. Lyrically, it's all open to interpretation. So, ride the wave."

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rick_tocchet 12 days ago

Relative Ash >>>> anything this Norma Jean band is involved with


anonymous 12 days ago

who cares?


anonymous 12 days ago

no people of color in his band i bet. shocker on shock street


anonymous 12 days ago

SO THIS IS WHAT HE DID WITH ALL THAT MONEY HE WAS OWED??


anonymous 12 days ago

lol click on the Cory Brandan tag and see the articles here that come up. its funny.


anonymous 12 days ago

Jesus isn't real.


anonymous 12 days ago

Did he finally realize that he's not actually in the band Norma Jean and he's just been using that moniker for years? It's good that he has accepted that he is not and has never been a part of the band called Norma Jean which released Bless the Martyr.


anonymous 12 days ago

This guy needs to stop making bands. God is dead.


anonymous 12 days ago

Only brain-dead Trumpers and Qanon supporters are allowed at the shows


anonymous 12 days ago

no one gives a shit cory, you're washed up.


anonymous 12 days ago

Came to the comment section to see all the whining and edgy comments, was not disappointed. Cry harder, sluts.


anonymous 12 days ago

Cory's children are 30 now


anonymous 12 days ago

Isn't this dude like, 50? Hang it up, dude. You've already got the dumb beard and flannel, finish the loop and became a youth pastor already.


anonymous 12 days ago

This sounds like the kind of music a 50 year old would make.


anonymous 12 days ago

I'm gonna start a dad rock Norma Jean cover band called Normal Jeans, who's in?


anonymous 12 days ago

Isn't this dude like, 50? Hang it up, dude. You've already got the dumb beard and flannel, finish the loop and became a youth pastor already. >>> A flannel only looks good buttoned to the top without your neck bulging out & a cleanshaven face. Or Mike Muir 1982-90.


anonymous 12 days ago

The normal jeans first lp 'kiss the child kiss the child'


anonymous 11 days ago

Both tunes are decent. Not sure why there are so many unintelligent comments above, but oh well. Sucks to be you I guess.


anonymous 11 days ago

Cory "Lezgo" Brandon.


anonymous 11 days ago

Norma Jean last 3 albums are actually sick as f*ck


anonymous 11 days ago

Only person defending this douche lord is himself. Go away.


_d0thack_ 11 days ago

I don't condone pirating music or using music streaming platforms but this guy is a A+ dick. Soulseek and torrent the shit out of this. f*ck him.


anonymous 11 days ago

Cory is grandfathered into the NJ legacy. He was the guy who picked up a band that had nothing in the tank and carried them on his back. The dude wrote everything once he joined. They would have never had commercial success without him. Josh sang on one album and for one NJ show. Cory did more for them than he ever did. That being said Cory has issues outside of music and it's disappointing but it doesn't change the facts of NJ.


anonymous 11 days ago

stupid christian does something stupid.


anonymous 11 days ago

Purely based on comments, they should've orphaned this release


anonymous 11 days ago

"On a whim, they shared the demos with Solid State and landed a deal." On a whim huh lol


anonymous 11 days ago

Why do all the wokesters hate this guy? Can't keep up


anonymous 10 days ago

Jfc tldr. How much money do I owe him this time?


anonymous 10 days ago

All Christians should have been aborted.


anonymous 10 days ago

i'm certainly not 'woke' by any means, but this guy sucks, all his shit sucks.


anonymous 9 days ago

anonymous 1 day ago "On a whim, they shared the demos with Solid State and landed a deal." On a whim huh lol Yea that's like "on a whim I decided to feed my kids today"


anonymous 9 days ago

1. Is his brother as racist as he is? 2. If they're brothers, why don't they have the same last name?


turnstile 6 days ago

Put space between the band name otherwise it's stupid Orphantwin…orphan twin🦮





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