KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Friday: The Twilight Sad

photo by Michael Matynka

Perennially depressive Scottish rockers The Twilight Sad hit the big time with Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters, a moody shoegazing epic wherein even their massive walls of sound couldn’t mask the lyrical darkness lying in shadow. They followed with Forget the Night Ahead, an album that saw the band deviate from tradition with experimentation with new instruments like strings and fire extinguishers (no word on whether they still use the latter live). The band’s lyrics are largely personal, which adds an almost folk vibe to the immensity of their sonic noise, but there’s little ambition to their approach. Singer James Graham famously claimed, “We don’t want to be festival headliners, we just want to make enough money that we can stay in a band and keep making music.” Their next album, the forthcoming No One Can Ever Know is set for a 2012 release, and will present a marked change from their previous work. According to Graham, “The wall of sound is kinda gone. ... [the] demos involve a lot of keyboards, and it’s a lot more considered.”

The band focused on mostly older favorites during their session at the KEX Hostel in Reykjavik during KEXP’s first international broadcast as part of the 2011 Iceland Airwaves festival. Check out the photos here:

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