SXSW 2015 Interview: The Twilight Sad

By on Friday, 3rd April 2015 at 11:00 am

Early in the SXSW 2015 week, I had a chance to meet up with two members of The Twilight Sad, frontman James Graham and guitarist Andy MacFarlane, as we all bustled between our afternoon engagements and the first official evening showcases of the festival. The timing of the interview seemed a little bit random, as I didn’t get to hear the band play until a couple of days later, but the interview streaming below was a nice preview of what to expect from their Thursday afternoon set at the British Music Embassy, as well as catching me up on the flurry of activity surrounding The Twilight Sad’s current album ‘Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave’, released back in October 2014 on FatCat Records.

One of the recurring themes in my conversations with bands and artists at SXSW was that successful bands are often very busy bands; in the music industry hard work begets more hard work. Such is the case for The Twilight Sad, who came to Austin for SXSW at the end of their recent headline tour of America. I couldn’t help but smile as I listened to James and Andy describe the tour (in their charming Scottish accents, of course!) as an overwhelmingly positive experience for the band. After 9 years together, four album releases, and a staggering 15 tours, The Twilight Sad are beginning to reap the rewards of their hard work, both with the album and increased demand for live shows.

Immediately following their brief stop in Austin, The Twilight Sad headed back across the pond for live dates in Scandinavia and continental Europe. Their upcoming tour plans include more live dates in the UK later this month, festivals in the UK and Europe over the summer, and more North American dates on the horizon for this autumn.

Special thanks to Chris for helping us arrange this interview.

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