When tween boys gather in garages and scare away the neighbors with prodigious slabs of guitar chordage, it’s just another noisy day on the block.
But when the fellas have President Barack Obama’s girls Sasha and Malia as classmates at Sidwell Friends School — and are the offspring of some of Obama’s top advisers, including the soon-departing press secretary Jay Carney — the band just might take things a little farther where others wouldn’t.
Twenty20 consists of Carney’s 12-year-old son, Hugo, who’s the band’s frontman, along with U.S. Trade Rep. Mike Froman’s son Ben on guitar, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan’s son Lucas on bass, and last but not least drummer Joey Doyle, the son of Patti Solis Doyle, the former presidential campaign manager for Hillary Clinton who later became an Obama adviser, the New York Daily News reported.
Formed in 2011 and now working on an EP, Twenty20 have their first single out on music video this month, “Heart Thief,” that “captures an epic kid adventure around the nation’s capital — involving skipping school, getting loaded on Slurpees, and performing at D.C.’s Rock & Roll Hotel,” according to the band’s YouTube description of the tune.
Twenty20 also took part in the ONE organization’s 2013 Agit8 campaign, performing a cover of U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday.”
One of the lyrics bouncing around “Heart Thief” declares, “Before a rainbow, there’s always a storm.” You can draw whatever political meaning you wish with that one…