The Twilight Sad live at Bowery Ballroom

Posted by The G on May 31, 2010 under G Reviews | 3 Comments to Read

Photos by G.

The Twilight Sad Live at the Bowery Ballroom.

On May 30, 2010, Scottish rockers the Twilight Sad opened for Japanese shoegazers Mono at the Bowery Ballroom in New York.  (More on Mono coming soon.)  Though they’ve been media darlings for several years, I was largely unfamiliar with their music as I entered the venue.  The fans I was speaking with in the front row not only traveled hundreds of miles to see The Twilight Sad, but this show was one of many they’d traveled to on this tour.  Knowing that the band had some serious die-hards, I already liked them before they hit the stage.  Then the lights went down and the band had me from the opening song “Reflection of the Television.”  Their music is a bit like the Velvet Underground, according2g, where songs have a slow build, screeching guitars, hypnotic vocals and then an orgasmic climax.  Lead singer James Graham had a really great stage presence as he was so into the songs, he looked like he was in a trance.  At times, he’d fall to his knees while singing and he exuded raw energy throughout their entire set.  I was very curious to meet him when I took a trip backstage after their set because I thought his mood might reflect the darkness of the music (sample lyric: “the kids are on fire in the bedroom” from “That Summer at Home, I Had Become The Invisible Boy”), but I am happy to report, he was extremely nice!  (More on that coming soon).  The Twilight Sad did their job as rock stars tonight by taking a complete stranger off the street and turning me into a fan.  On my way out of the venue, I hit up the merch table and got a copy of their first album “Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters,” which was released in 2007 as well as their latest album “Forget the Night Ahead,” and I’ve been reliving the great experience I had at the show through their CDs as I write this blog.  One last anecdote, although they were the opening act, people left in droves after their set was over.  I love that!  If you like any of those sounds I described above, I think today could be your lucky day!

See some more pictures as well as the set list (to the best of my knowledge), after the jump.

Lead singer James Graham.

I Became A Prostitute by The Twilight Sad.

The set list was (and since they didn’t post one, I am relying on a die-hard next to me in the front row):

Reflection of the Television / That Summer, At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy / That Birthday Present / I Became A Prostitute / The Room / And She Would Darken The Memory / Taking The Train Home / Cold Days From The Birdhouse.

The Twilight Sad made me happy.

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  • G Meets Singer James Graham of The Twilight Sad | According to G said,

    […] band The Twilight Sadat New York’s Bowery Ballroom on May 30, 2010. As I mentioned in a previous post, I was unfamiliar with the band’s music and by the end of the performance, I snatched up two […]

  • Jane said,

    you flipped the order of songs two and three
    Reflection of the Television / That Birthday Present / That Summer, At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy /
    glad you enjoyed the band.

  • The G said,

    Thanks Jane!