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The Twilight Sad / April 2015 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 4th November 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Following on from the last UK tour they did that ended in early October, The Twilight Sad have revealed plans for a brand new list of live dates for April 2015. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday the 5th of November, at 9 AM. ‘Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave’, the band’s fourth album, was released last week on FatCat Records and is available now.

Monday 20th April 2015 – London Scala
Tueday 21st April 2015 – Bristol Fleece
Wedday 22nd April 2015 – Leicester Cookie Jar
Thuday 23rd April 2015 – York Fibbers
Friday 24th April 2015 – Wakefield Hop
Satday 25th April 2015 – Newcastle Cluny
Monday 27th April 2015 – Cardiff Globe
Tueday 28th April 2015 – Liverpool Kazimier

 

The Twilight Sad / September and October 2014 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 28th August 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Header photo by Nic Schonfeld

Scottish rockers the Twilight Sad will release their fourth album ‘Nobody Wants To Be Here & Nobody Wants To Leave’ on the 27th of October via FatCat Records. You can stream its harrowing lead track ‘There’s a Girl in The Corner’ at the bottom of this page, courtesy of Noisey.

Leading into the album release, the Twilight Sad have announced the following UK tour dates, as well as a North American tour with their labelmates We Were Promised Jetpacks. Full tour information can be found here. The Twilight Sad will also appear at Richmond Park in Glasgow with a host of other Scottish bands, including Mogwai and Honeyblood, on the 30th of August.

Thursday 11th September 2014 – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Friday 12th September 2014 – Birnam Arts Centre
Saturday 13th September 2014 – Strathpeffer Pavillion
Sunday 5th October 2014 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Monday 6th October 2014 – London Boston Music Rooms
Tuesday 7th October 2014 – Nottingham Bodega
Thursday 9th October 2014 – Edinburgh Pleasance

 

MP3 of the Day #698: The Twilight Sad

 
By on Monday, 29th October 2012 at 10:00 am
 

The Twilight Sad are releasing a remix album, called ‘No One Can Ever Know – The Remixes’, will be out on the 26th of November. Would you like a freebie? Rolling Stone is hosting the Tom Furse dub mix of ‘Not Sleeping’; you can download the remix here.

 

MP3 of the Day #625: The Twilight Sad

 
By on Tuesday, 18th September 2012 at 10:00 am
 

The Twilight Sad‘s ‘Nil’ has been remixed by Brooklyn electronic outfit Liars, and it’s available free from the Twilight Sad’s Facebook page. Get it here.

 

Video of the Moment #764: The Twilight Sad

 
By on Friday, 13th April 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

In the Twilight Sad‘s new video for ‘Dead City’, a group of older folks move and groove to James Graham and co.’s song. We’ve been told a remix version of ‘No One Can Ever Know’ (their fab new album released this year; read my review here).

They recently performed at SXSW and Mary was there to catch their appearance at the Discovering Scotland showcase; read all about it here. That must be one lucky shirt because take a look at the photo at the top of this post; James was wearing the same shirt at that very showcase! Fancy seeing them live? Well, you’re in luck. The band have also announced a series of English gigs in May and two summer festival dates, as well as an appearance at Glasgow Barrowland on the 15th of December. In case you’re looking that far ahead…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wi5iyxGsIQ[/youtube]

Thursday 10th May 2012 – Liverpool Kazimier
Friday 11th May 2012 – Brighton Coalition
Saturday 12th May 2012 – Norwich Waterfront Studio
Saturday 2nd June 2012 – Wakefield Long Division Festival at the Hop
Friday 17th August 2012 – Leicester Summer Sundae (Drowned in Sound stage)
Saturday 15th December 2012 – Glasgow Barrowland

 

SXSW 2012: Day 4 – around the world in one afternoon on Sixth Street and Latitude 30 – 16th March 2012

 
By on Tuesday, 3rd April 2012 at 1:00 pm
 

Only at SXSW can you manage to travel to multiple countries in a span of a couple hours. Well, not literally of course, but it is possible to see bands from many different corners of the globe in one afternoon. I achieved this in just hours on the club-filled Sixth Street, followed swiftly by the Discovering Scotland showcase at Latitude 30. Sixth Street is every bit as legendary as the tourist trap t-shirts that advertise its amazingness. Everywhere you turn, you will either run into a band hanging out, playing a gig in a club with the doors wide open, busking on the corner, etc. etc. etc. It really is like a Disneyland for gig-goers. To get inside the venues, you’ll need a wristband like I had or a music badge. But if you were a local and had neither, you’d probably be just as happy walking up and down the street, stopping wherever you heard some music blaring out of a club you like.

And sometimes you just want to walk around and see what’s on offer. The loud, punky guitars emanating from Spill Bar, which turned out to be M for Montreal’s home for the week. But in the meantime, Spill was playing host to a Planet Quebec showcase, and I’d stumbled in right smack dab in the middle of Machinegun Suzie’s set. I’ll admit, my planned schedule didn’t include me specifically seeking out hard rocking bands, let alone female hard rocking ones. This Canadian Web site describes them as being purveyors of stoner-rock, which I don’t really agree with. The Montreal band basically play as loud and as fast as humanly possible, best typified by the song ‘Bad Stripper’, with all the instruments up to 11. They’re the kind of band my mum would be afraid of me liking…

I got a little tired of them speaking mainly in French – err, I totally get you want to talk to your countrymen, but as a frustrated American shouted in a purposely mocking, fake French accent, “I don’t know zee French, speak English!” – and went a-walking. I heard the heavy dance beats of Ishi, a Dallas dance band. I queried the doorman to ask if it was a band or a DJ in there, and he replied “DJ”, so I kept moving. Sorry to Ishi if you were actually performing in your four-piece lineup, but going on the word of the guy at the door, I didn’t feel like watching some dude scratching records. So I kept moving, mostly people watching and enjoying the sun.

After their Northern Ireland showcase appearance Wednesday night I’d been personally invited by Cashier No. 9 to watch them play the Music from Ireland showcase at Irish pub B.D. Riley’s, and after such a warm welcome from Angela Dorgan – and free Irish breakfast! – I planned to head back to the watering hole for an afternoon of bands. So after I left the PRS brunch, I arrived at the Irish pub in the middle of Squarehead’s set. A trio from Dublin who self-describes themselves on their Facebook as “JUNK POP”, they’ve got a strange name, don’t they? My guess is that ‘squarehead’ is equivalent to the American derogatory name of ‘blockhead’, but hearing their music, I’m not really sure what the connection to what they sound like is to their band name. (Very confused.) They’ve got a classic pop sound and I might have passed them by if I’d seen the names of some of their songs – ‘Midnight Enchilada’? ‘ – but if you like the sunny, surf-y mode of the Beach Boys and/or the reinterpretation via the Drums, this is the band to check out.

Next up were my dream Norn Irish line-up: General Fiasco, followed by Cashier No. 9. They played in this order the other night at the Tap Room at Six. The difference? This time they played in the best possible place for them – an Irish pub! – with the windows opened outwards towards the street. The raw, unbridled energy of both of these bands, framed by the beautiful rays of the sun, was quite a sight to behold. Seeing them play Wednesday was great, but this showcase appearance was even better, packed with people who had no doubt heard about the Wednesday night show and were curious about these groups of Northern Irish guys playing infectious pop and rock. General Fiasco gave their new song ‘Sleep’ (video below) its only second time ever live airing, and it was great – it sounded like classic GF. Well, as much as classic as you can after a great debut album and some amazing singles and EPs.

Cashier No. 9 started with the inspirational ‘Goldstar’ (video below) and their version of ‘The Lighthouse Will Lead You Out’ this afternoon dazzled even more than the other night, with percussionist and harmonica player Philip Wallace going to town with his bongos, curious folk peering into B.D. Riley’s to try and figure out what was going on. In between bands, I introduced myself to Jenny Huston, the famed RTE 2fm (Irish national) radio presenter who I’d recognised from video interviews she’d done in the past couple years at Oxegen. She was surprised and shocked I recognised her but was quite happy to hear that her interviews were getting out outside Ireland. (That they are, Jenny!) I was more than honoured when she emailed me the week following after I’d returned to DC and asked me to give my top 3 bands of SXSW (you can listen to that segment below as well).

I felt terrible leaving, but after Cashier No. 9, I needed to rush over to Latitude 30, as I’d been extended another personal invitation – by Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway, no less – to come down for the Discovering Scotland showcase. This was the second of two Scottish-themed showcases, the first being the Wednesday night Easy Tiger Patio showcase with We Were Promised Jetpacks as the headliner that I caught earlier in the week. Three Blind Wolves were just completing their set and left the stage to allow the Xcerts to set themselves up. As on Tuesday night’s Xtra Mile Recordings showcase, the Scottish rockers didn’t disappoint, with Murray Macleod belting the lyrics out as if his life depended on it. Great band live, I hope enough – and the right – people saw them in Austin and will offer them a record deal.

But I was really there to see the Twilight Sad. This band was supposed to play in Washington in DC in February, but then we got the awful news that their visas had not been approved in time and the show had been cancelled without even being rescheduled. Enjoying ‘No One Can Ever Know’ (album review here) immensely, I wanted to see it performed live. Instead of regular mike-checking (“hey hey!” “one two, one two!” “yeah YEAH!”), frontman James Graham instead recited the value of pi up to at least 10 decimal places. I lost count after a couple numbers because I was spellbound as he was saying this in his Scottish brogue. (Hot.) I don’t think I was standing in the right place – the wall of sound and guitar grinding sounded muddled to me. You can watch older song ‘And She Would Darken the Memory of Youth’ below. Sadly, I was disappointed. Also kind of sad: I was looking forward to parking my bum on a church bench that very evening. Definitely getting old.

 
 
 

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