Review: The Twilight Sad live at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Posted by The G on February 26, 2012 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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James Graham of The Twilight Sad

On February 25, 2012, Scottish rockers The Twilight Sad performed at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn.  The band recently embarked on a US tour, but due to VISA problems (read:  please get it together USA, WTF?!), the band was denied entry into the country for 5 days forcing them to cancel some dates.  The Twilight Sad is here now and their show was incredible!  I saw them perform two years ago and that show was my first exposure to their music.  I fell in love with their deep, dark and rockin’ beats coupled with lead singer James Graham’s intense stage presence.  James Graham appears to be channelling Joy Division’s Ian Curtis and Jim Morrison as he lets the music take him to another place, and all at the same time, he delivers a very powerful vocal performance.  Musically, their songs tend to have a slow build with a great climactic ending.

James Graham of The Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad performed many new tracks off their 2012 release “No One Can Ever Know” including the lead single “Another Bed.”  A lot of the titles of their song titles  are not used in their lyrics so it’s always hard to keep track of their setlist.  They played two of my favorite tracks “Reflection of the Television” and “I Became a Prostitute,” and I would recommend those songs as a good starting place if you are unfamiliar with the music of The Twilight Sad.  In an age where so few bands have little to add to the musical palate, The Twilight Sad are here to remind us all that rock and roll will never die.  Thanks to The Twilight Sad for a great night!

Catch The Twilight Sad on their Spring 2012 US Tour:

Feb 26 Allston MA – Brighton Music Hall

Feb 28 Montreal QC – Il Motore

Feb 29 Toronto ON – Lee’s Palace

Mar 01 Grand Rapids MI – Pyramid Scheme

Mar 02 Chicago IL – Empty Bottle

Mar 03 Minneapolis MN – 7th Street Entry

Mar 05 San Diego CA – Casbah

Mar 06 Los Angeles CA – The Echo

Mar 07 San Jose CA – The Blank Club

Mar 08 San Francisco CA – The Independent

Mar 10 Seattle WA – Tractor Tavern

Mar 11 Portland OR – Doug Fir Lounge

Mar 14-18 Austin – SXSW

The Twilight Sad Offer Free Acoustic EP

Posted by The G on May 5, 2011 under GNN | Read the First Comment

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James Graham of The Twilight Sad

James Graham of The Twilight Sad

Scottish rockers The Twilight Sad are nearing completion on their next record and to celebrate, they are offering a free 8 track acoustic EP (for a limited time) that was recorded in Glasgow in 2009.  I saw the Twilight Sad last year and their performance was intense.  Musically, their music is a very hard and dark version of The Velvet Underground with climactic and grinding guitar endings. 

The tracklist for “The Twilight Sad Acoustic EP” is:

I Became A Prostitute / Interrupted / Seven Years of Letters / Suck / The Birthday Present / The Neighbours Can’t Breathe / The Wrong Car / Throw Yourself Into The Water Again.

Get the EP here!

G Meets Singer James Graham of The Twilight Sad

Posted by The G on May 31, 2010 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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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!

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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