WeirdMusic.net EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS - The Twilight Sad
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"The first single from Scottish quartet's new album is a wonderfully dark indicator of things to come." - NME
"If it's OK to talk about something doing funny things to your insides, without sounding like a perv, then I'm saying that about this song it's heartwarming and unnerving all at once" - Musicweek
Twilight Sad are unmistakably their own band.
Deceptively simple songs are rendered transcendent. Bleached, overdriven guitars consistently ride a line between ambient and coruscating, working in tandem with an articulate, tumultuous rhythm section, portraying an awestruck, ragged sentimentality. Lyrically suggestive, ‘Fourteen Autumns…' verges on the anthemic or celebrative, but is firmly rooted in the familiar, unsaid hurt behind day to day events. While the band's recorded sound is intricately layered, live, they are an intense experience.
After spending much of 2007 touring - including dates with Smashing Pumpkins, Idlewild, Micah P Hinson and Snow Patrol – 2008 saw the release of mini-album, ‘Here, It Never Snowed. Afterwards It Did', reworkings of songs from ‘Fourteen Autumns…'. This record shows not only a band full of ideas, embracing the opportunity to recontextualise and create fresh material, but also stands to re-focus the listener's attention on the strength of the songs themselves.
The Twilight Sad toured Europe in 2008 with Mogwai, and tour EP (of new songs, live material, covers and unreleased material), ‘(The Twilight Sad) Killed My Parents and Hit The Road' will be available from selected indie stores in 2009. The band are currently working on new material for their upcoming album.
THE TWILIGHT SAD - WeirdMusic.net EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:
- Do you Like/Write Weird Music ??
seems normal to me, might seem weird to other people,
- When and where did your experience in music start?
playing a gig in when we were 14 i think, in a town hall, vaguely remember we got banned from there after it.
- What are you currently working on and what are your plans for the rest of the year ?
i'm currently working on an EP and then going on tour round america, uk & europe for the rest of the year.
- What do you consider your greatest inspirational sources in music ?
maybe just always trying to find something new to listen to, it would be a very long and varied list.
- Please describe your personal studio for us...
it's like a bedroom.
- What are your favorite readings ?
probably the one in 1992, when nirvana played and maybe the one in 1994 when pavement played. im just guessing that though, i wasn't there.
- In your opinion, what role does the third sector, public and non-
profit entities; have for music on the Internet ?
a good one, people in the music industry need to find a way to control it better, im sure it'll improve.
- Who is Wacky Jacky ?
im not going to lie, i've never met the guy. if i have and just can't remember, i'm sorry wacky.
- Porn or Horn ?
did you hear about the guy that had a horn growing in his garden? he root toottoot oot
- Should we Fork you twice or it's beter to Funk you once ?
im not too fond of funk, and a fork could take an eye out. if that happens twice ill have no eyes. i can't decide between no eyes or getting funked. maybe ill stay home when the day of this ultimatum comes.
- Are you religious ?
- Anything else ?
is a woody allen film with christina ricci ...
The Twilight Sad , the most singular of a new breed of British noise bands, move up a gear towards the release of their sophomore album Forget The Night Ahead (out 5/10/2009) with the release of a brand new single I Became A Prostitute .
The band have been busy previewing new songs on both sides of the Atlantic with recent US dates with Mogwai, and a UK headline tour in May which included heart-stoppingly intense performances at three Stag & Dagger events and two sets at Brighton's Great Escape Festival. In September they are set to head back over to the US this time accompanied by Frightened Rabbit and We Were Promised Jetpacks to begin an extensive US tour.
I Became A Prostitute falls at the more melodic end of the The Twilight Sad scale, a siren-like guitar line drags the ear in immediately; tremolo'd and unflinchingly dark. Graham's vocals soar with an inimitable despair and desperation over a deceptively simple instrumentation of Joy Division-like depth and impact: each drum beat measured and thunderous, each squalling guitar riff at once apocalyptically discordant and beautifully harmonious. The song's chorus is gripping, the band's emotional input palpable.
In lyrical terms, the new album is possibly a darker set even than its hallowed predecessor Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters . Singer James Graham's portentous knack for forcefully delivering unsettling lines remains very much intact. Musically too, the forthcoming record is no less tumultuous, its broad cacophony stretching to produce the band's most simultaneously melodic and abrasive moments yet.
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