The Twilight Sad photographed by Nic Shonfield

The Twilight Sad

Hometown: Kilsyth (Scotland)


Forming in 2003, the band's early shows saw them creating half–hour pieces of music with tape loops and toy instruments alongside bass, guitar and drums. These sonic adventures gradually evolved into the more traditional songwriting, a more overt inclination towards emotive, eloquent song that we see from The Twilight Sad now.

The band are as influenced by their immediate geography ('the sticks just outside Glasgow'),as they are any particular musical reference points. Debut album 'Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters' (recorded in Glasgow, and mixed and produced by the band and Peter Katis (Interpol, Mercury Rev, Mice Parade) in Connecticut) is liable to evoke a familiar indie canon, from white–noise era Creation Records, to fellow Scots Arab Strap or Mogwai, but The 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 / Errors / Slowdim live in Allston

The Twilight Sad / Errors / Slowdim

live in Allston (2012)

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