Born in Scotland, signed in Brighton, The Twilight Sad are a (now) 3 piece Indie rock band from Kilsyeth – a small town halfway between Glasgow and Falkirk.
And as their moniker suggests, TTS lean towards melancholic melodic rock; using wall-of-soundesque layers of thick guitar over strongly accented, often brooding, vocal laments. Orchestral, lo fi and distinctively Scottish. It’s like Mogwai found the third Proclaimer and fed him bucket loads of smack.
Formed in 2003, The Twilight Sad introduced themselves to the world via two ‘highly experimental’ shows at The 13th Note Café in Glasgow, where they spent 30mins ‘utilising guitars, bass, drums, tape loops from films and old folk and country songs, effects pedals, toy keyboards, thumb pianos, computer games and various other ephemera.’.
Then, after climbing off their musical pedestal and into the studio, TTS put together a 4 track demo which got them signed to Fat Cat Records in 2005 – label co-founder, Alex Knight, making an offer after seeing their 3rd ever gig.
An eponymous EP was released through Fat Cat US in November 2006, with TTS’s subsequent debut album, ‘Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters’, out globally in April 2007. The following four years, two EPs and one studio/one live album, saw TTS build a fanbase, lose a bassist (founding member Craig Orzel leaving in 2010 due to “changes I wanted to make to my life”), tour America – including a performance at the SXSW Festival 2007 and support; Mogwai, The Smashing Pumpkins, Snow Patrol and Idlewild.
Back on the road with their third studio album, ‘No One Can Ever Know’ – released Feb 6th 2012, The Twilight Sad play the Hare & Hounds on Feb 12th (presented by Birmingham Promoters).
Rebecca George will be there for the Birmingham Review.
For info on: The Twilight Sad visit http://www.thetwilightsad.com
For info on: The Twilight Sad at the Hare & Hounds – Feb 12th, along with further Birmingham Promoter gigs, visit http://www.birminghampromoters.com
Check out, and comment on, The Twilight Sad (in easy to chew bite sized chunks) during the run up to Feb 12th at http://www.facebook.com/birminghamreview