The Twilight Sad played Cambridge – 10/30
Scottish misrerabilists The Twilight Sad returned to American shores last month in advance of their new record.
Fifteen years and four (soon to be five) records deep, Scotland’s The Twilight Sad remain a perpetually underrated concern. The band’s shapeshifting sound bridges post-punk and dour shoegaze, anchored by vocalist James Graham’s emotive brogue – the kind of thing that makes them a pitch-perfect opener for The Cure and ought to endear them to bummed-out folks far and wide.
Touring in pre-support of next year’s It Won/t Be Like This All The Time, the band’s late Tuesday night set (just in time for me to make it over from Minus the Bear and Caspian across town) split the difference between road-testing some promising new songs and delivering the fan favorites. The night concluded on a particularly moving note with a cover of fellow Scots Frightened Rabbit’s “Keep Yourself Warm,” in tacit tribute to the band’s late frontman Scott Hutchison.
Check out photos from the set below.