The Twilight Sad

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The Twilight Sad Biography

The Twilight Sad comprises James Graham (vocals), Andy MacFarlane, (guitar/accordion/noise), Craig Orzel (bass), and Mark Devine (drums). Forming in late 2003, the band played a couple of early shows at Glasgow's 13th Note, creating half hour pieces of music utilising guitars, bass, drums, theremin, tape loops from films and old folk and country songs, effects pedals, toy keyboards, thumb pianos, computer games and various other ephemera. Subsequently they withdrew to the studio to refine their sound, rejecting any live shows offered, the band underwent a gradual metamorphosis into a more traditional, but still sonically adventurous outfit, with a more overt inclination towards emotive, eloquent song.

Thei rdebut release, out late 2006 was the critically acclaimed US only five track EP. Following just months later, 'Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters' (flanked by two singles, 'That Summer At Home I Was The Invisible Boy' and And She Would Darken The Memory' respectively) the bands debut album more than lives up to the early promise of their earlier recordings. Influenced by a diverse range of music from Van Dyke Parks to Phil Spector, Daniel Johnston, and beyond, although the band are as influenced by their immediate geography ('the sticks just outside Glasgow'), as they are any particular musical reference points. Recorded at Chem 19 and Ca Va studios, Glasgow, and mixed and produced by the band and Peter Katis (Interpol, Mercury Rev, Mice Parade) in Tarquin Studios, Connecticut, 'Fourteen Autumns...' is nevertheless liable to evoke a more familiar indie canon, from white-noise era Creation Records, to fellow Scots Arab Strap or Mogwai

Yet The Twilight Sad are unmistakeably their own band, and 'Fourteen Autumns.' is a complete record, the nine tracks working together to create a strong narrative flow. Deceptively simple songs are rendered transcendent. Bleached, overdriven guitars consistently ride a line between ambient and coruscating, working in tandem with an articulate, at times tumultuous rhythm section, forever poised between tension and release. Augmented by piano and more frequently accordion, which provide the songs with a dramatic swoon, The Twilight Sad purvey an awestruck, ragged sentimentality. Lyrically suggestive and metaphorical, their songs give glimpses of bitter experience and romantic failure, their songs at times verging on the anthemic or celebrative, yet firmly rooted in the familiar, often unsaid hurt behind day to day events.

Where the band's recorded sound is layered with many melodies, their live sound is a more intense experience which replaces the intricacies of the recordings with a more visceral wall of noise. The band spent much of 2007 touring, playing with and in support of the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, Idlewild, Micah P Hinson and Snow Patrol, as well as playing shows in their own right, and a clutch of Festivals including Roskilde, Pitchfork, and The End Of The Road Festival.

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The Latest The Twilight Sad News

Rm Hubbert Beats Django Django To Scottish Album Of The Year

21st June 2013

RM Hubbert beat out popular Scottish outfits Django Django and The Twilight Sad to take Scottish Album of The Year...

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The Twilight Sad Reviews

The Twilight Sad - Nottingham 15th February 2012 Live Review

21st February 2012

Listen to the rumours and whispers swirling around blogs and webzines and you may be...

The Twilight Sad - No One Can Ever Know Album Review

26th January 2012

With almost a decade's worth of uneasy listening behind them, only the most nonchalantly optimistic...

The Twilight Sad - Forget The Night Ahead Album Review

16th November 2009

Review of The Twilight Sad's album Forget The Night AheadIt seems that Scotland are looking...

The Twilight Sad - Nottingham Bodega, 24th October 2009 Live Review

2nd November 2009

Review of The Twilight Sad live at Nottingham Bodega, 24th October 2009.Some things are worth...

The Twilight Sad, Wintermute, Vessels and I Concur Live Review

16th April 2008

The Twilight Sad, Wintermute, Vessels and I Concur The Library Live Review Great sequels of...

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The Twilight Sad Festivals

T in the Park

11th July 2014

Summer Sundae Weekender

17th August 2012

Live At Leeds

2nd May 2014

The Great Escape UK

8th May 2014

Primavera Sound

28th May 2014

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The Latest The Twilight Sad Press Releases

The Twilight Sad Deluxe Reissue Of Debut Album 'Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters' For Record Store Day

31st January 2014

Scottish trio The Twilight Sad are reissuing their exhilarating debut album...

The Twilight Sad Announces 2013 Us Tour Dates In Support Of Frightened Rabbit

23rd January 2013

Late last year FatCat Records released No One Can Ever Know - The Remixes, featuring takes on...

The Twilight Sad Announce February 2012 Tour Dates

29th November 2011

FEBRUARY 2012 DATES ANNOUNCED New Album *NO ONE CAN EVER KNOW* released 6th February....

The Twilight Sad Announce New Single 'Sick' & November 2011 Tour Dates

4th October 2011

The Twilight Sad follow the free download of 'Kill It In The Morning'* with the release of a...

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