The past year-and-a-half have been kind to Twin Peaks. The Chicago natives dropped the critically acclaimed Wild Onion in August 2014 and have been riding high ever since. They've played festivals, toured with bands like Wavves, and have international fans as fervent as the kids from their hometown. Anyone who has been to one of their shows has witnessed firsthand how well the guys draw in the crowd with their dynamic playing as well as on-stage banter.

The youthful and fun lovin' vibe of Twin Peaks is something that drew in their fans. But the band has gotten older and wiser. And while they are still about having a good time, a certain maturity has started to creep in. If you've heard the new single, 'Walk to the One You Love', you can feel it in their voices, lyrics, and production. Their new album, Down In Heaven, isn't out until May 2016, but already there is a buzz about what to expect.

I got the chance to catch up with Twin Peaks singer/ guitarist, Cadien Lake. I asked him about musical influences, the band's history, Chicago, touring, and writing their new album. Prepare to go 'Under the Influence' with Twin Peaks.

What are some of your earliest memories of music? What was being played around your houses growing up?

I remember getting Beatles 1 when it came out, I was pretty young still, pacing around singing along to 'Get Back' and 'Come Together'. I also remember my mom played The Cure in the car, and I would steal/borrow CDs from my Sister, Molly. I know I got some White Stripes and a couple Nirvana CDs from her. My Dad played a lot of old blues, jazz and soul LPs which definitely fostered my interest in old school sound.

As you got older, what kind of music did you find yourselves gravitating towards when it was up to you to find the sounds you enjoyed?

In elementary school I was big into Queens of the Stone Age, I ended up loving the Infinity Cat Records scene. I was in to Be Your Own Pet and Jeff, then I got into the Black Lips and Thee Oh Sees, The Pixies, all sorts of stuff, but over time I doubled back to old '60s pop and '70s Rock records. Americana stuff. I love JJ Cale; he kind of throws it all into one psych-back-porch-blues package.

How did growing up in Chicago have an effect on you as budding musicians? Does it still play a vital role in who you are as a band today?

It definitely provided an ethos for us, the way that bands help each other out and support each other, and I mean, shit, I'm a big believer of nurture over nature and all our experiences play into who we are and our art. We're very proud Chicagoans so it certainly informs the band.

Through research I found that you all lived in Washington for a time. Did the music scene there impact your sound or approach to music at all?

Yeah totally, but more specifically myself, Jack and Connor lived their very briefly and I completely fell in love with the environment and the huge presence of nature there. It definitely changed my perspective. I was a fan of grunge shit way before I got out there but it was tight seeing the dudes from Naomi punk on campus. Love that band.

What was it like playing those first home-town gigs? How has your stage presence as a band evolved over the years? Did you look to any of your favorite bands for reference?

Well we were definitely much shyer teenagers when we started but bands like the Black Lips inspired us to bring the energy. The feeling that came with the growth of our audience, and our acceptance into part of the DIY community when we were much younger than most of the bands we played with, that instilled a lot of confidence in us.

I was lucky enough to see you all play when you opened for Wavves in Orange County. Your crowd interaction is on point. What have been some valuable lessons you've learned through touring when it comes to playing a live show?

Play hard whether to one or to ten thousand. They deserve it.

And to add on to that thought- how has touring affected the way you approach the studio when it comes to recording new a song? Do you take into account how/ if the song would work live or do you just get the mojo flowing in the studio and work out what to do live when the time comes?

I think mainly touring just helps us improve massively as musicians and that benefits the records as we're growing older and improving. We also get turned on to a lot of new shit on the road.

What have been some of your favorite live shows you've attended where the band captures the energy of what they recorded in the studio?

I like it when live shows are different from the record as well, but White Reaper is a band that slays every time I see them and are able to evoke the production of their record in the live setting. Thee Oh Sees smash live as brutal as the record does - also Fat White Family.

Your new album, Down in Heaven will be dropping soon. And your last album, Wild Onion, was beloved by critics and music lovers alike. Was there any pressure when writing new material?

Not really, I think we've just gotten better so we all felt confident that we were improving record to record. I try not to think about all that too much, we're just doin' our thing and that comes first.

I've had the privilege to listen to the new album and it's wonderful. The first thing I noticed was that the sound had a more mature presence to it. Did you approach this album differently than you have past ones?

We were able to take our time completely with this one which hadn't been the case in the past, and we did it in a very relaxed environment at our friend's house in the Berkshires, MA. We tried to get the sounds all before we hit tape to cut back on "oh we'll get that sounding how we envisioned it in post", that's something we learned to avoid from the last record.

Were there any bands or music you were listening to at the time that influenced your new material? Was there anything that influenced you that surprised you?

Velvet Underground, The Stones, Bob Dylan, JJ Cale, Fat White Family, Townes Van Zandt, Beatles, all sorts of shit. Though I don't think there's any huge specific influences given we have four songwriters in the band.

Down in Heaven has traces of Garage, Psych, Pop, good ole Rock n' Roll, and even some southern twang sprinkled throughout. But the first thing that came to my mind was, The Rolling Stones. Have they been a big influence on you as musicians?

Definitely. God they fucking rule.

It's no secret to your fans that some, if not all, of you fine gentleman like to partake in a certain herb. How does that play a role in your song writing process? How about when recording or playing live?

It's not related in my mind, I guess it's part of what makes me goofy sometimes on stage and does affect my perspective, but it's not a tool for writing and performing. I used to write about pot before I got girl crazed though, haha.

It's also no secret your band shares a name with a critically acclaimed TV show directed by the lovely David Lynch. Has any other medium besides music inspired you as artists? Have you drawn influence from films or even physical works of art? Has literature played a role in any fashion?

Reading definitely informs lyrics indirectly, it's like buying paint to use for a picture, you've gotta digest words to write. Vibes from movies can be inspirational.

Lastly, if you could collaborate with any band, musician, or producer, who would it be and why?

I want Cole from Black Lips to produce a Twin Peaks live record 'cause it would be dirty and awesome.