G Meets Singer James Graham of The Twilight Sad

Posted by The G on May 31, 2010 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

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James Graham of The Twilight Sad and G.

Moments after leaving the stage for a brilliant set, I met lead singer James Graham of the Scottish band The Twilight Sad at 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 albums that were being sold at the merch table.  The Twilight Sad’s music is very dark with screeching guitars, slow builds and climactic endings, but lead singer James Graham was extremely nice.  If you like the Velvet Underground, you should check out this band on the rise.  Thanks again to James Graham for being really cool and for turning me into a fan!

Mono live at the Bowery Ballroom

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On May 30, 2010, the Japanese rock instrumental band Mono played the Bowery Ballroom in New York.  Their music is moody, atmospheric and rockin’ and I had a great time as their music took the crowd on a aural journey of vast soundscapes. Mono’s style  is both experimental and shoe-gazing, a genre perfected by Asobi Seksu.  Throughout the hour long set, the mood turned from joy to sorrow and from screeching guitar noise and back to being very minimal.  If you like any of those descriptions, you should check out their music.  Plus, one of the band members is named Yoda.  Cool stuff, according2g.

See another photo of Mono as well as the set list after the jump.

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The Twilight Sad live at Bowery Ballroom

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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.

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