TUNE Chris Murray - The Twilight Sad Interview (Part 1)
Ahead of the band's performance at the O2 Academy in Newcastle supporting Editors, I had the chance to catch up with Scottish alt-rock trio, The Twilight Sad.
2015 has already been a huge year already for the band, having played at T in the Park, Latitude Festival, and even Plissken over in Greece. A headline tour of some of their biggest shows to date took place back in April, including nights at The Cluny in Newcastle and Scala in London. Their fourth record, 'Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave', was released in October of last year - and saw the band take a self-confessed move from the more "wall of sound" approach, to a synth-driven, fragile album of songs.
I previously caught up with lead singer James Graham back at T in the Park (have a listen here: http://amazingradio.com/news-2/chris-murray-interviews-the-twilight-sad), where we discussed almost everything the band had achieved up until that point. This time around, both James and guitarist Andy MacFarlane sat down to talk about their most recent release, a nine track EP of live versions and covers titled the 'Òran Mór Session' - recorded at the Glasgow venue of the same name. The EP exposes the true heart of the band's body of work - truly earnest lyrics, fragile construction, and at the core of it all, accomplished songwriting.
We also discussed the recent announcement of some of the band's biggest shows ever in the US, as they are set to support legends The Cure across a number of their North American dates. James and Andy looked ahead - mostly in disbelief - at the band's upcoming three performances at the legendary Hollywood Bowl in California, and three at New York City's 20,000-capacity Madison Square Garden.
This all arrives on almost the exact month of the decade anniversary of the band's first demo, which they submitted to Scottish label Fat Cat Records in 2005. So to mark this occasion, here's to 10 more years of The Twilight Sad.