Twinsmith – Photo by Andrew Lachance

Being from Omaha, Nebraska, ain’t what it used to be. Thanks to the internet, there’s no blaming distance and separation from trendy cities for your uncouth sound. Twinsmith, who hail from that bigger then you’d expect town, have a refined sound, a continental blend of dive bar indie rock jitters and Muse-like sweep. On their second album, Alligator Years, recorded in Omaha and Des Moines, Iowa, the band expands further from their 2013 debut with more hints of ’80s synth-dance.

What does feel faintly midwestern is the band’s colorful optimism—don’t go digging for much tortured, noisey grapplings. Which adds up to an up-to-the-minute guitar pop record for some summer fun. The band seems ready for their moment, just getting off a successful tour that included some opening dates with Cursive and a spot on NPR’s All Songs Considered.

Below, check out our premiere of Alligator Years which comes out officially on May 4 via Saddle Creek. More touring is sure to come, but for now, the band has the record release show in their hometown at Slowdown on May 15.